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New Article on Seattle National Archives

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: News

The Journal of Western Archives is pleased to announce the publication of a new article: “Will the Last Archivist in Seattle Please Turn Out the Lights: Value and the National Archives.” Authors Sarah Buchanan and Megan Llewellyn from the University of Missouri discuss the decision to close the Seattle branch of the National Archives earlier this year. We hope that you find it interesting. The article can be accessed at digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/vol11/iss1/7.





2020 Awards

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: News

Our annual awards usually given during the Alaska Historical Society’s annual conference were presented during the Society’s annual business meeting held digitally by Zoom on October 10, 2020:

Alaska Historical Society

JAMES H. DUCKER ALASKA HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR

AWARD

2020

Thomas Alton

Alaska in the Progressive Age: A Political History 1896 to 1916

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Alaska Historical Society

ELVA R. SCOTT

LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

AWARD

2020

Salcha Historical Society

Amy Viltrakis, Founder

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Alaska Historical Society

         ESTHER BILLMAN AWARD

2020

Gastineau Channel Historical Society

Gastineau Heritage News

  Paula Johnson, Rich Mattson, Laury Scandling

Researchers / Writers

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Alaska Historical Society

CONTRIBUTIONS TO ALASKA HISTORY

AWARD

2020

David Reamer

“Histories of Anchorage”

Anchorage Daily News weekly feature

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Alaska Historical Society

CONTRIBUTIONS TO ALASKA HISTORY

AWARD

2020

David James

“Becoming Alaskan” / “Creating Alaska” series

Alaskana book reviews

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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STUDENT & BEGINNING PROFESSIONAL

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

2020

TiaAnna Puya Tidwell

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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MORGAN & JEANIE SHERWOOD ALASKA HISTORY

AWARD

2019

Mary F. Ehrlander and Hild M. Peters
Grafton and Clara Burke: Medical Missionaries in Fort Yukon

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION

2020

Alaska History Editorial Advisors

Stephen Haycox, Bill Hunt, Mary Mangusso, John Whitehead,

Terrence Cole, Ann Fienup-Riordan, Timothy Rawson, Andrei Znamenski

For over 220 combined years of service to the Alaska Historical Society

and the wider world of those who value the study of our past

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PRESIDENT’S AWARD

BEAVER LOG

2020

Ian C. Hartman

For effective leadership of the

Advocacy Committee

 





Denali Park Road History

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: 49 History News

The Year Everything Changed: The 1972 Shuttle Bus Decision in Mount McKinley National Park.

Tourism numbers at Denali National Park dropped this last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park projected between 50-60 thousand visitors. The last time Denali had so few tourists the park had a different name, private automobiles could still drive the length of the road, and Richard Nixon was President—it was the early 1970s. It was an era of big change in Denali.

Read more about the history of Denali National Park’s shuttle bus system in an article by Erik Johnson, Historian at Denali National Park.

 





Letters to Terrence Cole

Date Posted: October 19, 2020       Categories: News

Since his cancer diagnosis three years ago, retired UAF History Professor and Public Historian Terrence Cole has had to make a lot of difficult decisions relating to his health, and he recently made the decision to go into hospice care. The stomach cancer has made it hard for him to eat or drink and he doesn’t have a lot of energy, but he still has the same funny, warm, and exhaustingly inquisitive mind that makes him special.

A few people have asked how to get in touch with him, and his family encourages anyone who wants to reach out to send him a letter or a note in the mail (“bonus points if you drop in any Big Lebowski quotes”). As Terrence’s niece, Aileen Cole, has said, “Life is sometimes not as long as we want it to be, so it’s important to say the things you mean when you have the time.”

Address: Terrence Cole, 321 Hawk Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99712

Our thoughts are with Terrence and his family during this time.





Annual Business Meeting

Date Posted: October 7, 2020       Categories: News

All members of the Alaska Historical Society are invited and encouraged to attend the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 2-3:30pm. Due to the corona virus, the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. There is no fee to attend.

The 2020 meeting agenda is below and minutes from the 2019 annual business meeting are available on the Governance/Board page of the AHS website. The meeting will include announcement and presentation of the Society’s annual awards for excellence, memorial tributes to our colleagues who died this past year, and reports submitted by some Alaska local historical societies and museums.

If interested, please send an email to members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org and you will be sent a Zoom invitation that will include the meeting number and password.

Download PDF of 2020 Agenda                  Download PDF of 2019 Meeting Minutes

Annual Business Meeting
Saturday, October 10, 2020      2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

AGENDA

  1. Call to order and welcome remarks                                                    Bill Schneider Introduction of 2019-20 officers and board of directors
  1. Approval of minutes of 2019 annual meeting                                Angela Schmidt
    Secretary’s report
  1. Treasurer’s report                                                                        Tim Troll
  1. Committee reports:
    Board of Directors election                                                        Erik Johnson
    Membership                                                                                 Jo Antonson                             Newsletter                                                                                     Rachel Mason
    Alaska History                                                                             Ross Coen                   Records and collections                                                              Jo Antonson
    Website                                                                                          Karen Brewster
    Social media                                                                                  Erik Johnson
    Alaska Historical Commission nominations                          Tom Bundtzen
    2020 Annual Meeting                                                                 Rachel Mason
    Advocacy                                                                                        Ian Hartman
    State Library, Archives and Museums                                     Patience Frederiksen    Office of History & Archaeology                                                Judy Bittner                  Special projects
    Non-profit sponsor projects                                            Jo Antonson
    ANCSA 50th anniversary                                                  Bill Schneider
    United States 250th anniversary                                     Erik Johnson
    Memorials                                                                            Ron Inouye
    Awards                                                                                  Bill Schneider
  1. Other business                                                                                  Bill Schneider
  2. Adjourn to be followed by local historical society reports       Bill Schneider