Category: News

Wed, October 04, 2023

Critical Issues Lecture Series

About the Series To help raise the level of civil discourse across Alaska, in 2023 the Alaska Historical Society (AHS) launched a four-part lecture and panel discussion series. “Today in Alaska, as in much of the rest of the country, our civic discourse has deteriorated to a point where sensible public policy is not only enormously challenging, but often unachievable,” said William Schneider, University of Alaska Fairbanks professor emeritus and recent past president of the Alaska Historical Society. “By demonstrating how knowledge... (Read More)
Mon, September 19, 2022

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Project Jukebox

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in December 1971, the UAF Oral History Program has just launched the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Project Jukebox online interactive website that combines oral history recordings, film, photos and documents to tell the story behind the fight for passage of ANCSA, its role in Alaska’s history, and its legacy ( The ANCSA legislation, which passed Congress and was signed into law by... (Read More)
Thu, May 05, 2022

Denaina Place Names Project

[caption id="attachment_7244" align="alignright" width="119"] Chanshtnu place name marker designed by Ahtna artist Melissa Shaginoff. Photo courtesy of Anchorage Park Foundation.[/caption] The Alaska Historical Society is honored to endorse an effort to introduce Native place names to parks and trails in Alaska to expose more Alaskans and visitors to the invaluable contributions of Native people to our state. The Denaina Place Names Project in Anchorage recently installed a sign at downtown Anchorage’s Westchester Lagoon. The “Chanshtnu” sign shares the Dena’ina place... (Read More)
Fri, April 22, 2022

Alaskana Collection at Loussac Library

As part of its continuing efforts to advocate for the preservation and public access of Alaska historical materials, the Alaska Historical Society has partnered with the Cook Inlet Historical Society to request Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson to proceed expeditiously to create new space in the Anchorage Loussac Library to protect and display the library's historical collection. "Without timely action by your administration on this issue, Anchorage could lose federal grant funds and an opportunity to renovate space for this collection,... (Read More)
Mon, October 18, 2021

Cook Inlet Historical Society Panel Discussion Recording: Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971

[caption id="attachment_6978" align="alignright" width="300"] AFN Delegation, 1970. Courtesy of Cook Inlet Historical Society and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.[/caption] COOK INLET HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE: A panel discussion commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). This event took place on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Use this link to watch the recording (*email required): Fifty years ago, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) marked a shift in... (Read More)