Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society

PCG-Organization-Icon.pngThe Alaska Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the promotion of Alaska history by the exchange of ideas and information, the preservation and interpretation of resources, and the education of Alaskans about their heritage. Governed by a 15-member board, the Society provides a forum and a vehicle to achieve these goals. AHS is a membership organization with 430+ members. If you would like to join us, visit our membership page.


Recent Blog Entries

2015 Call For Papers

Date Posted: January 27, 2015       Categories: News

Call for Papers Alaska Historical Society’s Annual Conference September 30-October 3, 2015 in Cordova, Alaska Trade Routes and Crossroads in the North Pacific Located at the center of the Gulf of Alaska, Cordova and its surroundings have been a destination for travelers over thousands of years.  The Copper River delta is the homeland of the […]

James Mackovjak Wins Again

Date Posted: March 30, 2015       Categories: News

AHS Award Winning Member Wins Again James Mackovjak who won the Alaska Historical Society Award in 2013 for his book Aleutian Freighter: A History of Shipping in the Aleutian Islands wins again. The book tied for 2nd place in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. This marks the first time Alaska maritime history appears on […]

How Seward Escaped Being Named Vituska

Date Posted: March 29, 2015       Categories: 49 History

By J Pennelope Goforth   The curious story of the naming of the town of Seward was documented aboard the steamer BERTHA out of Seattle bound for Alaska on her regular monthly voyage in the summer of 1902. A party of engineers for the Alaska Central Railway headed to Resurrection Bay and a professor of […]

Anchorage Event – Material Traditions: Sculpting Ivory, April 2-3

Date Posted: March 28, 2015       Categories: News

The Anchorage Museum invites the public to Material Traditions: Sculpting Ivory. April 2-3, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Visit Alaska Native artists as they work with ivory, perpetuating a tradition seen in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and Alaska Gallery exhibitions. The Material Traditions series is made possible by the Surdna Foundation, The CIRI Foundation, First […]

Debunking a Myth: Enough, Already!

Date Posted: March 17, 2015       Categories: 49 History

by J. Pennelope Goforth  [Reader discretion advised: this rant contains strong language and truthiness.] It’s right up there with Dewey Wins! and Mission Accomplished and it’s just as wrong. The phrase has been said so many times in ignorant error that I refuse to let it be a search word term in this opinion piece. […]