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

150th Anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession Statewide Calendar of Events

Date Posted: September 30, 2016       Categories: News

The 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession is 2017. On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian Envoy Edouard de Stoeckl signed the treaty in Washington, D.C. Less than seven months later, on October 18, the ceremonial transfer took place at Sitka and the U.S. replaced the Russian […]

150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference

Date Posted: October 6, 2016       Categories: News

Planning is currently underway for a conference to be held on the Kenai Peninsula in spring 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Alaska Treaty of Cession and discuss its history in the Kenai Peninsula area. Keynote speaker will be Andrei Znamenski. He has studied history and anthropology both in Russia and the United States. […]

Sitka’s Fishing History, on the Air

Date Posted: October 3, 2016       Categories: 49 History

By: Kristy Griffin No connoisseur of Alaskan history can dispute the impact of the seafood industry on this state, but as the canneries and cold storage facilities that once adorned the landscape disappear from sight and memory, the struggle to keep knowledge of the past alive begins.  In an era of constant connectivity, information saturation, […]

Fisheries History Abounds at Juneau Conference

Date Posted: October 2, 2016       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

This year’s annual Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska conference in Juneau featured ample opportunities to share and learn about Alaska fisheries history. Historic Alaska Packers Association maps were on exhibit within the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building, in addition to a section within the brand new exhibits about the history of Alaska’s seafood industry. […]

TV Show Commemorating Alaska’s Sesquicentennial

Date Posted: September 19, 2016       Categories: News

THE ALASKA LEGACY OF WILLIAM SEWARD TV show to kick off Alaska events commemorating Alaska’s sesquicentennial Wednesday September 21,  5:30 pm, Juneau, Alaska The public is invited to be part of a TV audience for the taping of a program discussing the legacy of U.S. Secretary William H. Seward. The TV show, featuring a panel of […]