The Alaska Historical Society 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.
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ALASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 1-4, 2014
In 2014, the Alaska Historical Society will hold its annual conference in the beautiful and historical town of Seward. This is the first time Seward has hosted the meeting, and Resurrection Bay Historical Society members are working hard with Museums Alaska and Alaska Historical Society to make this year’s event one of the best. The meeting—with its theme Gateways: Past Present and Future—will focus attention on the area’s vibrant past, including the deep history of Alaska Native people, Russian shipbuilding and fur trading, and Seward’s role as a port and transportation hub in the American era. Seward’s location at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula also offers impressive natural beauty and the chance to learn about the marine environment at the Alaska SeaLife Center and to hike up to Exit Glacier. We hope you will join us this year in celebrating Alaska’s rich history.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Resurrection Bay has been a gateway for travel and trade since prehistoric times. The Alaska Natives who lived along the coast traveled long distances by boat or on trails to the interior to visit groups in other areas. Russian fur traders built a shipyard in what is now the city of Seward. In the American era, the ice-free, protected port became a hub of steamship commerce. A railroad was built to bring goods and passengers to the Interior of Alaska. Seward was also the beginning point of the original Iditarod trail. The city played a major role for the military as the port of entry during the World War II buildup. It became the start of a highway to Anchorage and the terminus of a ferry line to Kodiak and the Aleutian Chain. Its access to fishing, wildlife, and glaciers continues to make it a gateway to commerce, education and recreation.
ALL ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR PAPERS (20 MINUTES), PANE LS (1- 1/2 H O URS) AND POSTER SESSIONS FOR THE ALASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE BEING HELD IN SEWARD, ALASKA, OCTOBE R 1-4, 201 4.
ALL PRESENTERS MUST REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE.
PAPER AND SESSION PROPOSALS ARE DUE APRIL 1, 2014. PLEASE SEND TITLE AND ABSTRACT (100 WORDS OR LESS) TO RACHEL MASON, PROGRAM CHAIR, RACHEL _MASON@NPS.GOV, OR BY U.S. MAIL TO THE ALASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, P.O. BOX 100299, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA 99510