Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society
The 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
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 […]
ALASKA SESQUICENTENNIAL: WHAT DO WE COMMEMORATE? HOW DO WE CELEBRATE? When: September 13, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00pm Where: Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks A video conference discussion featuring: Wayne Jensen, Architect, Jensen Yorba, Lott, Juneau Terrence Cole, Historian, University of Alaska Fairbanks Stephen Haycox, Historian, University of Alaska Anchorage Aaron Leggett, Historian and Curator, Anchorage Museum […]
See below for Abstracts of the 2017 AHS Annual Conference presentations or click here for this list as a pdf document. CONFERENCE PROGRAM: ALASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AHS Keynote Speaker: Willie Iggiagruk Hensley, An Indigenous Perspective on the Alaska Purchase The Inupiaq scholar, politician, and lecturer Willie Iggiagruk Hensley will share his personal story and views on the […]
The Alaska State Library is pleased to announce that the first batch of selected Alaskan historical newspapers are now on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website. This includes: 1206 issues of The Alaska Daily Empire (1912-1918), 448 issues of Douglas Island News (1898-1907), and 47 issues of The Thlinget (1908-1912). To check them […]
Announcing the 2017/2018 Knik Lecture Series: Exploring the Pacific World Where: Chugiak High School Auditorium When: September 21, October 12, February 8, April 12 Time: 6pm to 9pm From the Pleistocene Ice Ages to a ‘hundred language’ city, Alaska has served as an ecological, strategic, and cultural crossroads that continues to connect the continental United […]