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

This year’s theme, “Rights and Responsibilities,” speaks broadly to Alaska’s history of determining which people and groups should have rights, and what responsibilities are attached to those rights. Disputes
over rights and responsibilities have spanned Alaska history, including voting rights for women and Alaska’s Native people, fish traps and limited entry fisheries, subsistence rights, taxation, the Alaska Permanent Fund and responding to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Our Program

The conference will open with a Wednesday reception, with papers presented the following three days. Friday’s focus is on Prince William Sound topics and speakers. While presentations that address the conference theme are encouraged, the society welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, films or workshops on any aspect of Alaska history. The theme echoes the upcoming year’s National
History Day theme, and students and teachers are especially encouraged to participate.

Our Keynote

This year’s keynote presenter is former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, an international climate change expert. She brings a broad perspective on Alaska’s history by virtue of her extensive public service as a policy
analyst for Gov. Jay Hammond, Juneau mayor and state legislator.

Share Your Research

To propose a presentation, please email a title, proposal of 100 words and two-sentence biography to Rachel Mason at Typically, presentations are 20 minutes in length. Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2024.

Lodging and Transportation

The Alaska Historical Society has reserved a block of rooms at The Reluctant Fisherman in Cordova. To make a reservation, please call The Reluctant Fisherman at  907-424-7445. You can also try calling their bar area at: 907-424-3272. Their website will not show available rooms, and the AHS has a room block rate reserved for guests, so be sure to call. You can also mention that the reservation may be under the name of Ashley Bivin, our local Cordova Conference committee member.

Until the Alaska Ferry releases its summer and fall schedule for Cordova, the best way to get to Cordova is via flight. Alaska Airlines runs flights daily from Anchorage and Juneau to Cordova. To be able to attend the full Conference in person, we recommend flying in on Wednesday, October 9, and flying out Saturday, October 12 or Sunday, October 13. Most Conference activities will conclude by Saturday (late morning).

Past Conferences

Visit the pages below for information and presentations from past conferences.