Contributions to Alaska History Award and Special Award
The Contributions to Alaska History Award and Special Award recognize individuals or groups that have made significant or special contributions to the Alaska Historical Society and the promotion and understanding of Alaska history. The Contributions to Alaska History Award was first given in 2001. These awards are not given every year.
Contributions to Alaska History Award
Ketchikan Museums was recognized for its newsletter and website’s Artifact of the Month column. Fairbanks historians Leanna Prax Williams and Rebecca Heaton received the award for coordinating and advocating for Alaska History Day. Anchorage educator Alice Tower Knapp received a Contributions to Alaska History Award for her book, On Track!: The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. Fairbanks historian Chris Allan was recognized for a long list of significant contributions to the AHS over the past two decades.
Katherine J. Ringsmuth for the NN Cannery History Project documenting cannery work, people and place; R. Bruce Parham for his generous investments of expertise and time to the Alaska Historical Society and the Cook Inlet Historical Society; and Diane Olthuis for her dedicated service to the Hope & Sunrise Historical Society and Museum and the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association.
Irene Sparks Rowan for working to preserve and share the history of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA); Dermot Cole for bringing historical perspective to journalism and as the author of six books on Alaska history; and J. Pennelope Goforth for being a dedicated researcher and impassioned advocate for Alaska history
David Reamer, “Histories of Anchorage,” Anchorage Daily News weekly feature; and David James, “Becoming Alaskan” / “Creating Alaska” series and Alaskana book reviews, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Anjuli Grantham, editor and Sarah Asper-Smith, designer for the book Tin Can Country: Southeast Alaska’s Historic Salmon Canneries; and the Princess Sophia Shipwreck Centennial Commemoration Committees in Juneau & Skagway
S.F. “Shana” Loshbaugh, David Ramseur, Lee Poleske, William Schneider, Caroline “Cussy” Kauer
Dr. Mikhail Malakhov for documenting the travels of Russian traders and explorers in Alaska
49 Writers, Katherine J. Ringsmuth
Larry Hibpshman who was the Senior Archivist at the Alaska State Archives from 1988 until his retirement earlier this year. The award specifically notes his work as project director for the Exxon Valdez records project.
Karen Brewster, Victor Fischer, Charles Wohlforth, Rex A. Wilhelm, Audrey and Bruce Kelly
Katherine J. Ringsmuth, Thomas F. Thornton
Ray Bonnell, Mike Blackwell, Marie Darlin, and Jim Geraghty, and Suellyn Wright-Novak
Mary C. Mangusso, Stephen W. Haycox, Brenda Dates Campen
Stan Cohen, Jacquelin “Jackie” Pels
Kathryn “Kay” Shelton
Ted C. Hinckley
Richard A. Pierce
Frederica de Laguna
Rachel Mason for her outstanding contributions as an AHS Board member. Rachel has served as an officer, program chair, awards chair, member of the newsletter staff and in about every other capacity in the society.
Special recognition was given to Gary C. Stein for his articles and book contributing to understanding the role and significant individuals of the U.S. Revenue Marine Service in Alaska; and to Patience Frederiksen, recently retired director of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums, for her enormous assistance to AHS, making staff available and providing important background information on state budget issues.
Alaska History Editorial Advisors: Stephen Haycox, Bill Hunt, Mary Mangusso, John Whitehead,Terrence Cole, Ann Fienup-Riordan, Timothy Rawson, and Andrei Znamenski. For over 220 combined years of service to the Alaska Historical Society and the wider world of those who value the study of our past.
Terrence M. Cole – The Bear of Alaska History Award
Barbara Sweetland Smith
Laurence A. Goldin
James H. Ducker
Diane Brenner (Museums Alaska) and Yurii Popof
Karen Lavery (Fairbanks Downtown Association), and Richard Hanscom (Alaska Token Collector)
Family of Dorothy Clifton
George A. Hall
Joan M. Antonson
James H. Ducker
George A. Hall
Robert N. DeArmond, Robert Henning
John H. Cloe, Michael F. Monaghan
Michael S. Kennedy