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Do you have any news or information you’d like to share with the Alaska Historical Society membership? Think about submitting something to the Alaska Historical Society newsletter.
August 15, 2020 is the deadline for the upcoming fall newsletter.
Submit articles to Jo Antonson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of concern for the health of our membership during the Corona virus pandemic, the AHS Board of Directors has decided to change the 2020 AHS Annual Conference that was to be held in Sitka, Alaska from October 14 to 17, 2020 into a digital on-line event via Zoom. There still will be a keynote speaker, panel sessions, individual paper presentations, and the annual meeting.
Stay tuned for details of the schedule and how to register.
The Association of Village Council Presidents has a job opening for an Oral Historian located in Bethel, Alaska. According to the job announcement, “The Oral Historian provides services to organize and initiate topical indexing of the ANCSA Historic and Cemetery Sites Program tape collection from the Calista/AVCP region. The Oral Historian will coordinate inter-agency efforts involving the oral history collection including copying, archiving, storage, collection maintenance cataloging, indexing, transcribing and translating. The Oral Historian must have a strong commitment to developing a long-term oral history initiative in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region and to incorporating local cultural heritage projects into a larger regional focus, and must be able and willing to work cooperatively with Native elders, individual researchers, various state and federal agencies, and Calista Corporation staff and administrators.”
Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Linguistics or Language Studies with a specialization in Alaskan Native Languages. Spoken and written fluency in Yup’ik and English is required.
For full job announcement and more information go to: https://www.avcp.org/job/oral-historian/
Between Two Bookshelves: Humanities Organizations and the COVID-19 Pandemic
On June 25, 2020, Katie Ringsmuth with the NN Cannery History Project participated in a virtual online briefing organized for congressional staffers in Washington DC that showcased how humanities organizations like hers are serving communities in distinct and crucial ways throughout the COVID-19 crisis. She represented the Cannery History Project and discussed the unifying significance of current and past essential workers, as well as the historic lessons learned from the 1919 pandemic and the Black Lives Matters movement and how they tie together through the NN Cannery History experience. Katie was joined by Vive Griffith from the Clemente Course in the Humanities, which serves low-income adults. Moderating the conversation was Cecily Hill, the National Humanities Alliance’s director of community initiatives.
To watch the recorded video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiidLBk684I&feature=youtu.be
Do you want to recognize an individual, local historical society, or public institution for their outstanding research, writing, or promotion of Alaska history? Nominate them for one of the Alaska Historical Society’s annual awards. DO IT NOW! Nomination deadline is August 15, 2020.
Awards to be made in 2020 and presented during our annual meeting in October:
The James H. Ducker 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 is given to a 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 that community’s 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, email@example.com 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, 2020.