2023 Conference Information

Connections and Disconnections in Alaska History

Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference
Central Kenai Peninsula (and available virtually over Zoom)
Thursday, October 5 – Sunday, October 8

Registration is now open!

The conference will open with an afternoon tour of the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, a National Historic Landmark, followed by a reception at the Kenai Visitors Center with a performance by the Salamatoff drummers. Presentations begin Friday morning and will be at the Kenai Peninsula College. The conference banquet will be Saturday night. After morning sessions Sunday, several local historical societies plan to have open houses at their museums.

DRAFT-Conference-schedule. After you register, you will receive a survey to help the committee finalize the conference plans and help you with your travel

We look forward to seeing you! If you have questions about conference rates, schedule, or speakers, please contact Rachel Mason at Rachel_Mason@nps.gov.

Includes: all three days of conference sessions, access to scheduled tours of local sites, coffee breaks, the conference reception, and the conference banquet.

Includes: access to all the sessions, which will be broadcast live over Zoom. Many sessions will have interactive components and sessions with Q & A will allow for online participation.

Includes: 1 day of conference sessions of your choosing. This option is especially suited for Central Kenai Peninsula residents interested in attending Saturday’s sessions which are focused on local history. This pass does not include access to the banquet or reception, only to conference sessions, and may only be used for one day.

Current members of any Kenai Peninsula historical society have access to a discounted rate. Verification will be done upon check-in at the conference.





The Kenai River Lodge and the Duck Inn near the college are offering group rates.

The Kenai River Lodge is a 7-minute drive from the Kenai Peninsula College. The Alaska Historical Society has a group rate locked in for this hotel, 10% off the following prices: King rooms $110, double Queen rooms $120 (taxes extra). Call 907-262-4292 to reserve your room and take advantage of our group rate. View their website here.

The Duck Inn is the closest hotel to the Kenai Peninsula College. With 20 rooms and a restaurant in-house, it’s a casual place to stay during the conference and will give you a feel for the community on the Central Kenai Peninsula. Learn more about the Duck Inn on Facebook here or by calling them at 907-262-2656. Rates: $59 a night (plus tax) or $49 a night (taxes extra) for rooms directly above the bar. Rooms have one bed.

There are also many other options for places to stay in the area, including but not limited to Double M Ranch, the Uptown Motel, and the Best Western.



Several airline carriers have flights to the Kenai Municipal Airport. Or, one can drive. The survey that will be sent to registered conference attendees will ask if you are willing to help with carpooling from Anchorage, or if you are interested in a ride with someone.

Within the Conference Area: Transportation options in the conference area include several cab companies and the CARTS public transit system (available Monday- Friday).


Additional Information

The final conference program will be mailed and emailed to all registrants no later than September 28th. It will include information for virtual participants, who will also receive necessary information by

There will be a room at the college with a silent auction, bargain book sale, and tables for authors and publishers to display their books, and historical societies to have information.