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

2015 Awards

Date Posted: October 6, 2015       Categories: News

The Alaska Historical Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 awards: EVANGELINE ATWOOD AWARD Lael Morgan In recognition of over 50 years writing, editing, publishing, teaching, and promoting Alaska’s history HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR Charles Caldwell Hawley A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred Years-1897-1997 BARBARA S. SMITH PATHFINDER AWARD Mary Ehrlander […]

Chronological History of Cannery Locations in the Petersburg Area

Date Posted: September 18, 2015       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

Compiled by Karen Hofstad   Petersburg was named after Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant who arrived in the late 1890s and homesteaded on the north end of Mitkof Island. He built a cannery, a sawmill, and a dock between 1890 and 1900. His family’s homesteads grew into Petersburg, which was populated largely by people of Scandinavian […]

Centennial of a 1915 Larsen Bay Alaskero

Date Posted: September 18, 2015       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

By Diane Rodill, Phd. Despite my interloper lower 48 status, I can report a memorable visit and only warm “Filipino hospitality” from both the Filipino and other communities. My agenda for the centennial visit was two-fold: share my research findings at Kodiak’s Baranov Museum for my pending book on my father (A Filipino Rascal: Denis […]

2015 Auction

Date Posted: September 18, 2015       Categories: News

Preview Of Auction Items For those who want a sneek peak at the items available at the 2015 Alaska Historical Society Fundraising Auction to be held during the annual meeting in Cordova from September 30 to October 3, 2015, here is the catalog. If you are unable to attend the Cordova conference you can submit absentee bids […]

Cordova Transportation

Date Posted: September 17, 2015       Categories: News

Notes About Transportation and RIDES NEEDED 2015 Annual Joint Meeting in Cordova ———————————————————— News about Shuttles, Taxis, and RIDES NEEDED ———————————————————— Below we describe what’s available to transport you into downtown Cordova depending on your arrival by plane or ferry. Please send a short email to us with the day and time of your arrival. […]