Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society

PCG-Organization-Icon.pngThe Alaska Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit, 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.

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October 8-10 and 15-17, 2020

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Recent Blog Entries

Letters to Terrence Cole

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: News

Since his cancer diagnosis three years ago, retired UAF History Professor and Public Historian Terrence Cole has had to make a lot of difficult decisions relating to his health, and he recently made the decision to go into hospice care. The stomach cancer has made it hard for him to eat or drink and he doesn’t […]

New Article on Seattle National Archives

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: News

The Journal of Western Archives is pleased to announce the publication of a new article: “Will the Last Archivist in Seattle Please Turn Out the Lights: Value and the National Archives.” Authors Sarah Buchanan and Megan Llewellyn from the University of Missouri discuss the decision to close the Seattle branch of the National Archives earlier […]

2020 Awards

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: News

Our annual awards usually given during the Alaska Historical Society’s annual conference were presented during the Society’s annual business meeting held digitally by Zoom on October 10, 2020: Alaska Historical Society JAMES H. DUCKER ALASKA HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020 Thomas Alton Alaska in the Progressive Age: A Political History 1896 to 1916 ___________________________________________________________________ […]

Denali Park Road History

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: 49 History News

The Year Everything Changed: The 1972 Shuttle Bus Decision in Mount McKinley National Park. Tourism numbers at Denali National Park dropped this last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park projected between 50-60 thousand visitors. The last time Denali had so few tourists the park had a different name, private automobiles could still drive […]

Sea Otters of Amchitka

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: 49 History

The Sea Otters Of Amchitka (1959) Richard Ravalli, Associate Professor, History Department, William Jessup University, Rocklin, California During the coronavirus lockdown, I had the opportunity to work via e-mail with Angela Schmidt of the Alaska Film Archives at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I was interested in the archive’s copy of the 1959 nature film The […]