Conference Information

Awauq or Refuge Rock, off the southern shore of Kodiak Island. Photo courtesy of Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Facing Our History

Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference
September 25-28, 2019 in Kodiak, Alaska

A successful conference was held this year in Kodiak with many interesting presentations and productive discussions.

This year’s theme focused on how events subjected to historical inquiry may be interpreted in very different ways. While some historians may represent them as positive events to be celebrated, to others they involve conflict, domination, and destruction.  The theme also recognized the historian’s difficult task of documenting and interpreting past events objectively and openly, while recognizing that the resulting narrative may spark conflict with other people. Our goal must be to find cause for inspiration and learning in even the most disturbing history.

Our keynote speaker this year was Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr. of the Burke Museum in Seattle, formerly of Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum. Dr. Haakanson’s work includes uncovering the history of Awa’uq or Refuge Rock, the site of a 1784 massacre of perhaps thousands of Alutiiq people on the south end of Kodiak Island at the hands of Russian fur trader Grigory Shelikov’s armed men.

Visit the Conference Website to find information about the 2020 conference, location, schedule, travel, and local accommodations.

Fundraising Auction
During every conference, AHS holds a silent auction that is the organization’s primary fundraiser. Donations of items of historical relevance are encouraged. For donations, contact our Executive Director at Alaska Historical Society
 P.O. Box 100299
 Anchorage AK 99510-0299, (907) 276-1596, members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org

Conference Proceedings
From 1990 to 2013, Conference Proceedings were published and are available for purchase. To learn about conferences since 2015, view past schedules at the Conference Archives.

Enjoying a performance during banquet at the 2013 annual conference in Haines, Alaska. Photo by Anjuli Grantham.

Enjoying a performance during banquet at the 2013 annual conference in Haines, Alaska. Photo by Anjuli Grantham.

Enjoying the 2016 Awards Banquet at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, Alaska.

Enjoying the 2016 Awards Banquet at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. Photo by Chris Allan.