Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society

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The Alaska Historical Society (AHS) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the promotion of Alaska history by the exchange of ideas and information, the preservation and interpretation of resources, and the education of Alaskans about their heritage. Governed by a 15-member board, the Society provides a forum and a vehicle to achieve these goals. AHS is a membership organization with 430+ members. If you would like to join us, visit our membership page.


Recent Blog Entries

March 17, 2024

2024 AHS Conference Call for Papers & More

The Alaska Historical Society Invites You to Join Us in Cordova AHS call for papers - Cordova 2024Download Located near the mouth of the Copper River, Cordova was a crossroads of trade and interaction among Eyak, Tlingit, Ahtna and Chugach peoples when Europeans sailed into Prince William Sound in the 1700s. Founded in 1909 as a railway terminus to deliver copper from the Kennecott Mines, Cordova also was near Katalla, Alaska’s earliest oil field. Fishing is the town’s major industry... (Read More)
March 28, 2024

Anchorage Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

The Anchorage Genealogical Society is delighted to hold their annual SpringSeminar on May 4th. The speakers will be Alison and Tom Taylor who own Pictures& Stories and are coming from Utah. The seminar will be held at the LoussacEvent Center from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Sessions will include how to tell the beststories of your life, making a family story cookbook, organizing your family history,and advice on digitizing photos. The Taylors are in demand all over the country.Come join... (Read More)
January 22, 2024

Pick. Click. Give to AHS!

When filling out your Alaska Permanent Fund application, we'd like to ask folks to remember the Alaska Historical Society when making your Pick. Click. Give. donations. Your support helps us fulfill the AHS mission of educating the public and promoting the study of Alaska history. Apply for your PFD at: https://pfd.alaska.gov Thank you for supporting the Alaska Historical Society.
October 12, 2023

Alaska Historical Society Recognizes Alaskans for Historic Accomplishment

Ian Hartman and David Reamer Honored as Historians of the Year Two prominent Anchorage historians who wrote the ground-breaking book, Black Lives in Alaska: A History of African Americans in the Far Northwest, were named historians of the year by the Alaska Historical Society over the weekend at its annual conference on the Kenai Peninsula. University of Alaska Anchorage history professor Ian C. Hartman and public historian and Anchorage Daily News columnist David Reamer were awarded the James H. Ducker... (Read More)
October 4, 2023

Critical Issues Lecture Series

Weather, Climate Variability and Climate Change (April 18, 2024) Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.Anchorage Museum and online (join virtually here) Our fourth and final lecture in the Critical Issues Lecture Series, Weather, Climate Variability and Climate Change, will focus on how current and historical climate records help us better understand the differences between these terms, the roots of climate change seen in Alaska and prospects for future impacts. Panelists will discuss the policy implications of climate change in Alaska that... (Read More)