Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society

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 October 9- 12, 2024 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 today. The Theme... (Read More)
June 18, 2024

Alaska Students Excel at 2024 National History Day Contest

COLLEGE PARK, MD,  June 17, 2024 —  Thirty-nine Alaska students recently competed in the National History Day® National Contest, held in College Park, Maryland, from June 9–13, with many receiving national recognition for their research projects. Four middle school students from Whitestone Training Center in Delta Junction - Amber Baranoski, Rene Greenleaf, Valerie Greenleaf and Brady Seeger - earned Second Place for the entire country in the Junior Group Performance Category for their project, “The Hello Girls: Turning Points in... (Read More)
May 4, 2024

Student and Emerging Professional Awards Open Through May

Student and Emerging Professional Awards Alaska Historical Society Annual Meeting and Conference,Rights and Responsibilities in Alaska HistoryCordova / Virtual, October 9-12, 2024 The Alaska Historical Society offers two scholarships to attend its annual meeting and conference.  They are for post-secondary students researching an Alaska history topic or for an emerging professional in a related field.  Awards consist of travel expenses and a conference registration package. Eligibility: Applicant must be a member of the Alaska Historical Society at the time of... (Read More)
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

About the Series To help raise the level of civil discourse across Alaska, in 2023 the Alaska Historical Society (AHS) launched a four-part lecture and panel discussion series. “Today in Alaska, as in much of the rest of the country, our civic discourse has deteriorated to a point where sensible public policy is not only enormously challenging, but often unachievable,” said William Schneider, University of Alaska Fairbanks professor emeritus and recent past president of the Alaska Historical Society. “By demonstrating how knowledge... (Read More)