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 Annual Conference

Date Posted: June 22, 2016       Categories: News

Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World 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 be better understood by examining […]

Soliciting Nominations

Date Posted: July 4, 2016       Categories: News

The Alaska Historical Society is soliciting nominations for its 2016 Awards given annually at our conference. This year’s conference is September 21-24, 2016 in Juneau. The available awards are listed below. Nomination deadline is Friday, August 19, 2016. Please send nominations to Michael Hawfield, Awards Committee Chair, mchawfield@kpc.alaska.edu ALASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL AWARDS The Evangeline Atwood Award […]

Fire at Park’s Cannery Reminder of Vulnerable History

Date Posted: June 4, 2016       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

The important work of documenting cannery history became clearly- and tragically- evident last week when an early morning fire broke out at the Parks Cannery in Uyak Bay on the west side of Kodiak Island. One person was killed and three were injured in the fire, which appears to have not spread beyond the primary […]

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 […]