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.


Recent Blog Entries

2018 AHS Conference Call for Papers

Date Posted: March 6, 2018       Categories: News

CALL FOR PAPERS Tundra & Ice: History in Alaska’s Arctic Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference September 12-15, 2018 in Nome, Alaska Alaska’s Arctic is fertile ground for historical inquiry. Northern topics abound like whaling in the Arctic Ocean, the gold stampedes to Nome and Kotzebue Sound, the Prudhoe Bay oil strike, and the rich history […]

Unlocking McNeil’s Past: The Prison, The Place, The People Exhibit Opening, January 26, 2019

Date Posted: January 21, 2019       Categories: News

From January 26 to May 26, 2019, the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma is hosting the exhibit Unlocking McNeil’s Past: The Prison, The Place, The People. McNeil Island is where many Alaskans were incarcerated during territorial days. This exhibition presents the larger history of McNeil Island as a place, and the prison that opened […]

MUYBRIDGE IN ALASKA Exhibit Opening, January 26, 2019

Date Posted: January 21, 2019       Categories: News

GRAND OPENING OF MUYBRIDGE IN ALASKA: 1868 Circumpolar World Music Festival The Alaska Native Heritage Center celebrates the opening of Muybridge in Alaska: 1868, an unprecedented traveling exhibition of iconic photographer Edward Muybridge’s historic Alaskan views. The exhibition opens on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hall of Cultures. Also on January […]

Putting History to Work in Alaska: Public History at UA

Date Posted: December 22, 2018       Categories: News

The UAA History Department is exploring the development of a Public History program that gives University of Alaska graduates a range of tools that make them attractive to potential employers. Across the country, universities have developed graduate programs tailored to their specific geographic needs that put history to work. The purpose of this inquiry is to […]

100th Anniversary of the Princess Sophia Tragedy

Date Posted: October 29, 2018       Categories: News

October 25th was the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia in Lynn Canal, Alaska’s worst maritime accident. Go to the podcast “Stuff You Missed in History Class” to learn more about this event.