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Franklin Symposium September 21 – Anchorage Museum

Date Posted: September 6, 2019       Categories: News

SYMPOSIUM: Lost and Found: Uncovering the Mystery of the Franklin Expedition

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Auditorium

In conjunction with the major exhibition, Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, the Anchorage Museum is hosting a symposium titled Lost and Found: Uncovering the Mystery of the Franklin Expedition on Sept. 21.

Authors and experts from all over North America will examine aspects of the Franklin expedition, from Inuit oral history to recent archaeological and underwater discoveries. Speakers include American writer and college professor Russell Potter, author David Woodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson, and anthropologist Anne Jensen.

Registration is required. $35 non-members, $30 members, $20 students. Box lunch available for purchase $20. Click here to register on-line.





Early Bird Conference Registration Deadline – August 31

Date Posted: August 30, 2019       Categories: News

August 31 is the Early Bird deadline for registering for the 2019 Alaska Historical Society Annual Meeting being held in Kodiak, Alaska on September 25-28.

Register now and save $90.

Visit the Joint AHS/MA Conference website to register and for more information about the conference, speakers, and special events.





Awards Deadline Extended to August 16, 2019

Date Posted: August 10, 2019       Categories: News

2019 AHS Awards: Request for Nominations

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? It is time to nominate these folks for recognition by the Alaska Historical Society with the annual awards it makes. The award categories are:

The Esther Billman Award of Excellence to a local or state historical society, museum, government agency, or other organization that has completed a project contributing to the preservation and understanding of Alaskan history.

The Evangeline Atwood Award to an individual for significant long-term contributions to Alaska state or local history.

The James H. Ducker Alaska Historian of the Year Award to an Alaska resident for publication of significant new material about Alaska’s past.

The Barbara Smith Pathfinder Award for indexing or preparing guides to Alaska historical material.

The Elva Scott Local Historical Society Award for a special achievement of a local society or museum.

The Contributions to Alaska History Award to recognize singular and significant recent contributions to Alaska history.

Nominations are due by Friday, August 16, 2019. A nomination letter should describe the individual’s or the group’s contributions or detail the project to be recognized. Please include supporting material, such as a copy of the publication, guide, or photographs. Nominations should be sent to William Schneider, AHS Awards Committee Co-Chair, P.O. Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510, or submit by email to wsschneider@alaska.edu or members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org.

Click here for more information about AHS awards and a list of previous recipients.





2019 AHS Awards: Request for Nominations

Date Posted: July 16, 2019       Categories: News

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? It is time to nominate these folks for recognition by the Alaska Historical Society with the annual awards it makes. The award categories are:

The Esther Billman Award of Excellence to a local or state historical society, museum, government agency, or other organization that has completed a project contributing to the preservation and understanding of Alaskan history.

The Evangeline Atwood Award to an individual for significant long-term contributions to Alaska state or local history.

The James H. Ducker Alaska Historian of the Year Award to an Alaska resident for publication of significant new material about Alaska’s past.

The Barbara Smith Pathfinder Award for indexing or preparing guides to Alaska historical material.

The Elva Scott Local Historical Society Award for special achievement of a local society or museum.

The Contributions to Alaska History Award to recognize singular and significant recent contributions to Alaska history.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. A nomination letter should describe the individual’s or the group’s contributions or details the project to be recognized. Please include supporting material, such as a copy of the publication, guide, or photographs. Nominations should be sent to William Schneider, AHS Awards Committee Chair, P.O. Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510, or submit by email to members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org.

For more information about AHS awards and a list of previous recipients





Call For Papers 2019 Conference

Date Posted: March 15, 2019       Categories: News

Awauq or Refuge Rock, off the southern shore of Kodiak Island. Photo courtesy of Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Facing Our History

Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference
September 25-28, 2019 in Kodiak, Alaska

Call for Papers

Many of the events subjected to historical inquiry may be interpreted in very different ways. While some historians may represent them as positive events to be celebrated, to others they involve conflict, domination, and destruction. The history of Kodiak Island involves many such events, including the subjugation of Alutiiq people in the Russian colonial period, the American military rule prior to statehood, the effects of the Aleutian Campaign of World War II, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill’s impact on fisheries. This year’s theme also recognizes the historian’s difficult task of documenting and interpreting past events objectively and openly, while recognizing that the resulting narrative may spark conflict with other people. Our goal must be to find cause for inspiration and learning in even the most disturbing history.

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr. of the Burke Museum in Seattle, formerly of Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum. Dr. Haakanson’s work includes uncovering the history of Awa’uq or Refuge Rock, the site of a 1784 massacre of perhaps thousands of Alutiiq people on the south end of Kodiak Island at the hands of Russian fur trader Grigory Shelikov’s armed men. Dr. Haakanson also directed the project that led to publication of Giinaquq, Like a Face: Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago.

Please join us in Kodiak this September. As always, we welcome presentations on all Alaska history topics. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, and all presenters must be registered for the conference. To submit a proposal, please send your presentation title, an abstract of no more than 100 words, and two sentences about yourself to Rachel Mason, Program Chair, rachel_mason@nps.gov. Proposals are due May 15, 2019.