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

Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative Launched

Date Posted: October 19, 2015       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries News

Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative Launched at Cordova Conference Recognizing the role of the seafood industry in Alaska’s history, the Alaska Historical Society announced the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative to document, preserve, and celebrate the history of Alaska’s commercial fish processing plants. The announcement was made at the Society’s recent annual conference in the historic fishing community of Cordova. […]

Voyages of the Lost Aleutian Ledgers Presentation

Date Posted: November 17, 2015       Categories: News

Meet the courageous Aleut Highliner Hunters of 1886. Find out what the shoppers of Tegalda bought in 1878. Learn the TRUTH about the Alaska Commercial Company in the Aleutians! There will be a presentation on November 21, 2015 from 1-3:30 pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library (Room 307) in Anchorage by Pennelope Goforth. She will […]

Happy Birthday, Senator

Date Posted: November 13, 2015       Categories: 49 History

Ted Stevens was born on November 18, 1923, in Indianapolis. In honor of his birthday week, we’re sharing this photo from June 1958, when the young Stevens met with Vice President Richard Nixon on the Alaska statehood vote taking place that month in Congress. Stevens was then working as a special assistant to Interior Secretary […]

Memory of Northwestern Fisheries Company Cannery Ship CHARLES E. MOODY

Date Posted: November 6, 2015       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

by J. Pennelope Goforth Last month the Bristol Bay Historical Society marked the opening of their new museum with a familiar Naknek landmark−the iron kedge anchor of the CHARLES E. MOODY. Since about 1962 the anchor has lain next to the D&D Restaurant and Hotel on the highest point of uptown Naknek. Owned by the […]

Graphing the Sea Otter Hunt

Date Posted: November 6, 2015       Categories: 49 History

by Richard Ravalli, William Jessup University   The recent monograph by historian Ryan Jones entitled Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867 is a valuable study of the Russian sea otter trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.[1] Not the least of the book’s contributions to fur trade […]