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

2016 Call For Papers

Date Posted: February 8, 2016       Categories: News

Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World Call for Papers for Alaska Historical Society’s Annual Conference September 21-24, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska   The vast Pacific Ocean exists as both barrier and thoroughfare, fostering cultures in isolation and allowing astonishing journeys of exploration and imperial ambition.  Please join us in discovering how Alaska’s past can […]

Storage Wars, Everett, WA: What was a 1949 Non-Resident Alaska Fishing License?

Date Posted: May 5, 2016       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

By: Bob King, Juneau Inside an abandoned storage unit auctioned off in Everett, WA, last year, the successful bidder found, among other things, a folder that included some high school football programs dating back to the early 1950s and a small, 6 by 4 inch, yellow metal plate: a 1949 Alaska non-resident fisherman’s license. Not […]

2016 Student and Emerging Professional Awards – May 15 Deadline

Date Posted: April 30, 2016       Categories: News

Student and Emerging Professional Awards 2016 Annual Meeting     Juneau, September 21 – 24, 2016 APPLICATION DEADLINE is May 15, 2016 The Alaska Historical Society offers two travel awards for its annual meeting in Juneau on September 21 – September 24. One award will be presented to a post-secondary student who is researching some aspect of […]

Reminder: Conference Abstract Submission Deadline, May 1, 2016

Date Posted: April 23, 2016       Categories: News

STILL NEED PAPER ABSTRACTS May 1, 2016 is the deadline for submission of abstracts for proposed papers, panels and poster sessions at the Alaska Historical Society Annual Meeting being held in Juneau, Alaska from September 21-14, 2016. This year’s theme—Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World—invites presentations on all topics related to Alaska history, with […]

Crumbling Cannery

Date Posted: April 20, 2016       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

Rick Metzger shared this poem, which he found in the Pacific American Fisheries archive in Bellingham. There is no author attribution; please leave a comment if you know who authored it.  Crumbling Cannery   An old weathered cannery lay silent in death, No signs of man’s shadow, no human breath.   Piling stubs poking out […]