Conference

2020 AHS DIGITAL CONFERENCE

October 8-10 and 15-17, 2020
“Place and Power”

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Sitka from water, showing the Three Sisters in the background. Sitka Harbor-7, Alaska State Library Photo Collection.

Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives. Last month, the AHS board made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel the face-to-face annual conference in Sitka, October 14-17, 2020. Instead, we will hold the meeting digitally by Zoom, stretching it out over two weeks, Thursday through Saturday: October 8-10 and 15-17. To avoid Zoom fatigue, we’ll meet for 1-1/2 hours in the morning and 1-1/2 hours in the afternoon each day. There are no concurrent sessions; everyone can attend every session.  The sessions will be recorded, so if you miss one or want to hear a paper again, you can access it later on the AHS website.

Participants can register for the whole conference for $50, a fee significantly less than what we would normally charge for the face-to-face conference. The $50 fee is intended to offset the cost of hiring someone to set up the digital conference. This webinar is for users with a Zoom account, so if you do not have one you will need to sign up for one prior to registering. New to Zoom? Sign up for free.
Registration and the schedule are available on the schedule page.
Presentation Abstracts and Presenter Biographies are now available.

We want to make sure that everyone who registers can access the panels.  Please let us know, by sending an email to rachel_mason@nps.gov or calling 907-240-4917, if you are interested in participating in a training session in how to use Zoom.   We also plan to offer training especially for presenters in how to give a paper via Zoom, including how to use PowerPoint slides.  Training sessions will be held prior to the conference, likely in the first week of October.  If you have impaired vision or hearing, or have other accessibility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can provide captioning or other support.

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.