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Upcoming Online Presentation: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Date Posted: October 13, 2021       Categories: News

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is hosting the following online event:

WHAT:  “From Caribou Corrals to Seaplane Hangars: A Cultural Resources Overview of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges”

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5-6pm (AKDT)

WHO:  Jeremy Karchut, Regional Archeologist/Regional Historic Preservation Officer, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region

All the info and link to join online is here:  https://alaskarefugefriends.org/tuesday-october-19-2021-5pm-akdt/

Solidarity with Alaska’s Jewish Community

Date Posted: October 5, 2021       Categories: News

Statement on History, the Climate of Divisiveness, and Support and Solidarity
with Alaska’s Jewish Community

The Alaska Historical Society Board of Directors expresses support and solidarity with Alaska’s Jewish community. In the last few weeks, we have watched with dismay as a series of anti-Semitic actions have taken place in our largest community, Anchorage.

A few weeks ago, the Alaska Jewish Museum was again vandalized. This time, vandals etched swastikas and placed Nazi stickers across the museum’s entry door. More recently, community members who attended a public hearing to register opposition to a proposal that Anchorage adopt an indoor mask mandate donned Stars of David, drawing parallels to German Jews targeted by the Nazi regime in the 1930s and early ‘40s.

The AHS is dedicated to the promotion of Alaska’s history, the celebration of our rich cultural diversity and to the civil exchange of ideas. We recognize that acts of anti-Semitic vandalism and the misappropriation of Nazi-era iconography display not only a gross misuse of history but also a deep-seated ignorance and maliciousness that we must dedicate ourselves to address and eradicate.

Therefore, we at the Historical Society deem these actions as offensive, hateful, and worthy of public repudiation.

William S. Schneider, President                                       Ian C. Hartman, Chair, Advocacy Committee

October 2, 2021

Click here for a PDF of the signed document

Job Opportunity – Curator of Collections

Date Posted: August 21, 2021       Categories: News

Talkeetna Historical Society and Museum is seeking a qualified candidate for a Curator of Collections position. This is a year round part-time position (20 hours per week) for the term of one year with potential for being permanent.

The Curator of Collections plays a key role in organizing museum collections and oversees digitization, research and is responsible for the preservation, security and management of museum collections.

For a job description and to apply, contact the museum at 907-733-2487 or email: manager@talkeetnahistoricalsociety.org. You can send a resume and letter of interest to Director, Talkeetna Historical Society, PO Box 76, Talkeetna AK 99676 or email to the address above. Applications are accepted until September 15, 2021.

The Talkeetna Historical Society and Museum is located in downtown Talkeetna, AK and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. It is the oldest non-profit in Talkeetna and the Museum has been collecting and preserving history since 1974.


Register for the 2021 Alaska Historical Society Conference

Date Posted: August 9, 2021       Categories: News

Kennecott Mine in 2010. Photo by Neal Herbert, courtesy National Park Service.

Register Now for the 2021 Alaska Historical Society Conference – “Communities Remembered and Imagined” – Being Held Online from October 7-9 and 14-16.

Don’t miss this chance to attend the conference from your home via Zoom.

Registration fee is $50 and includes:

  • Attendance at 16 engaging sessions spread out over two weeks
  • Keynote presentation by Alaska journalist and author Tom Kizzia about McCarthy during the “ghost town years” from 1938 to 1983, what it was like being haunted by a beguiling absence, and its counterbalance to the boom narrative of the frontier
  • Three sessions on the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) with Alaska Native leaders involved in the land claims movement and historians reflecting on the events leading up to and after passage of ANCSA and the legacy of this key legislation
  • A workshop on the techniques of history by Melissa Barker
  • An open forum discussion on the teaching of history moderated by Ian Hartman, Professor of History at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • A meeting for representatives of local historical societies to network and brainstorm
  • The Society’s annual business meeting


Click here for more information and to view the full conference schedule

Contact us with questions at members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org

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Reminder: Award Nominations Due August 15, 2021

Date Posted: July 14, 2021       Categories: News

It is time to nominate folks for recognition by the Alaska Historical Society. Do you know individuals and groups which have done a worthy project, made long-term contributions to local history, made historical materials better known, or written a book that has contributed to the understanding and preservation of Alaska’s history this past year?

Each year the Alaska Historical Society recognizes, through its awards program, individuals, historical societies, and public institutions for outstanding research, writing, and promotion of Alaska history. AHS invites nominations for the following 2021 awards. Nominations are due August 15, 2021.

The James H. Ducker Alaska Historian of the Year Award is given to an Alaska resident for publication of significant new material about Alaska’s past published the last sixteen months. history during the past year. Historian James Ducker edited the Society’s scholarly journal Alaska History for 30 years.

The Esther Billman Certificate of Excellence award is given to local or state historical society, museum, government agency, or other organization for a project or series of projects contributing to the preservation and understanding of Alaska history. Esther Billman’s service as curator at the Sheldon Jackson Museum is commemorated by the award.

The Evangeline Atwood Award is given to an individual for significant long-term contributions to Alaska state or local history. Evangeline Atwood was one of the founders of the Alaska Historical Society.

The Barbara Smith Pathfinder Award is given to an individual or individuals for indexing or preparing guides to Alaska historical material. Barbara Smith, a historian, archivist, and exhibit curator prepared invaluable guides to Alaska Native, Russian Orthodox, and Russian American records.

The Elva R. Scott Local Historical Society Award is for a special achievement of a community historical society or museum to make the local people and historical events known. Elva Scott was a founder of Homer’s Pratt Museum, and after moving to Eagle was the newsletter editor, tour guide, and official of its historical society.

The Student and Beginning Professional Travel Scholarship Awards are cash awards given to help individuals attend and participate in the Alaska Historical Society’s annual meeting and conference.

The Contributions to Alaska History Award recognize an individual or groups that have made  singular and significant recent contributions to the promotion and understanding of Alaska history.

A letter of nomination with sufficient detail and supporting materials should be sent to the AHS Awards Committee, members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org or mailed to P.O. Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510.  Nominations for the Ducker Award must include a copy of the publication for the committee’s use.

Nominations are due August 15, 2021.