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
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. […]
Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences and the Kennan Institute (USA) present an international conference “The History and Heritage of Russian America” April 13-14, 2016 Key topics will include: 1. The history and heritage of Russian America, including the Russian Orthodox Church, Fort Ross, indigenous peoples, and Russian-American joint-stock Russian-American and Hudson’s Bay […]
by Anjuli Grantham 2017 not only marks the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Cession, through which Alaska went from being a Russian colony to an outpost of the United States, it is also the centennial celebration of the Alitak cannery. Alitak is located near the Alutiiq village of Akhiok, on the south end of […]
The National Park Service has produced a terrific short video about the exploration of the Brooks Range by the United States Geological Survey from 1899-1911, with photographs from the six expeditions that were mounted to map the area. You can watch it online, at http://www.nps.gov/…/…/avElement/gaar-USGS-Exploration-4.mp4. For more information from the National Park Service about the history […]
When filling out your 2016 Alaska Permanent Fund application, we’d like to ask folks to remember the Alaska Historical Society when making your Pick. Click. Give. donations. Your support helps us fulfill the AHS mission of educating the public and promoting the study of Alaska history. Apply for your PFD at: https://pfd.alaska.gov Thank you for […]