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18th Annual Silent Auction

Date Posted: September 8, 2018       Categories: News

The catalog for the 2018 Alaska Historical Society’s annual auction is now available.

Gold-seekers and their building materials at Nome City, 1899. Alaska State Library, Clarence L. Andrews Collection (P45-1054).

The auction will take place during the Alaska Historical Society’s annual meeting to be held September 12-15, 2018 at Old St. Joe’s Hall, Nome, Alaska.

If you are not attending the meeting you can still submit bids. Non-members also are welcome to bid. Absentee bids can be sent by email: members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org or submitted by phone: 907.350.5523.

Absentee bids must be received by 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018. Auction closes at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018

Earnings from this auction help support the programs and activities of the Alaska Historical Society, and their efforts to promote the value of Alaska history. Please show your appreciation for this effort to raise funds for historical projects by bidding outrageously on items!

Rockwell Kent Wilderness Centennial Journal

Date Posted: August 29, 2018       Categories: News

One hundred years ago, artist Rockwell Kent and his son headed to Alaska. In August 1918, they arrived in Seward and on August 25 they found Fox Island. Seward historian, Doug Capra, has been shadowing Kent’s journey day by day on a blog titled: “Rockwell Kent Wilderness Centennial Journal.”

On August 25, 2018, Capra delivered a lecture on Fox Island as part of a dinner cruise sponsored by the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and in early November the museum is sponsoring a one-day Kent Symposium, with Capra appearing as one of three invited speakers.

To learn more about Rockwell Kent and his Alaskan adventures go to: Rockwell Kent Wilderness Centennial Journal.

Book About the 2017 Kenai Peninsula History Conference

Date Posted: August 2, 2018       Categories: News

In the spring of 2017, “150 Years,” the Kenai Peninsula history conference was held to examine the area’s transfer from Russian to United States rule. It attracted a sold-out crowd to Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.

Now, the conference organizers are pleased to announce publication of 150 Years: Proceedings of the 2017 Kenai Peninsula History Conference. The 317-page book includes information from the conference plus additional material about local history. Written for general readers, it is lavishly illustrated with maps, tables, and photographs both historic and new.

The 2017 event was the first local history conference held on the Kenai Peninsula since 1974. An official Alaska sesquicentennial event, it focused on the colorful but largely unknown 1800s, when Dena’ina, Sugpiat, Russian, and U.S. factions met in war and peace to transform the region. Speakers at the conference included not only historians but also archaeologists, linguists, journalists, a poet, a sculptor, a geologist, and a fisherman. Spanning three generations and diverse viewpoints, they came both from local communities and from as far away as Moscow.

The first copies of the book are now being distributed. The books retail for $29.95 each and are on sale at River City Books in Soldotna, The Homer Bookstore, and the Kasilof Museum and Historical Park.

For more information, contact:
Shana Loshbaugh
Project Manager
150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference
(907) 460-7554

Oral History Project on the TUSTUMENA

Date Posted: August 2, 2018       Categories: News

Do you have a story about the “Trusty Tusty?”

The Alaska state ferry MV Tustumena, “Trusty Tusty,” has connected Aleutian and Kodiak Island communities with mainland Alaska since 1964. The boat is to be retired in 2019, and a group has been working on collecting oral histories from the fans of the ‘Trusty Tusty.”

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Transportation

This August a pair of film makers, Lucy and Mike, will be collecting stories as they travel on the boat from Homer to Unalaska. They are interested in hearing from passengers, crew, and others served by the boat. Did you meet someone particularly interesting on the ferry? Do you remember a particularly rough storm, wildlife sighting, or rescue? Was the boat part of a significant homecoming or leave-taking? How did regular ferry service change your life or your town?

Your memories matter! If you have a story to share, let the project team know at info@tustystoryproject.org.

To learn more about the MV Tustumena Oral History Project: http://tustystoryproject.org/

2018 Conference Schedule

Date Posted: July 28, 2018       Categories: News

The schedule for the conference in Nome is now available.

Remember to visit the Conference website to register, and learn about travel to and accommodations in Nome.