News & Events


2021-2022 Lecture Series

The TYHS has an active schedule of speakers at our free monthly public lectures held currently being held online due to the pandemic. The lectures start at 7 PM, unless otherwise noted, on the third Wednesday of the month. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Buildings. Important to Understanding Fairbanks and Alaska presidented by Ray Bonnell, Janet Matheson and Gary Pohl.

What structures tell the stories of Fairbanks and Interior Alaska?  Can Fairbanks and Alaska be uniquely identified by structures and architecture?

The George Thomas Library log structure at the corner of 1st Ave and Cowles, and the Ladd Field National Historic Landmark of the current Ft. Wainwright identify Fairbanks and its history.  Historic structures and districts emerge from history then disappear unless individuals and communities consciously seek to preserve them.  Visitors come to Alaska to see this landscape and what is unique.

Ray Bonnell, Graphic Artist & Historian, grew up in an historic mining town in California, worked as a writer for government agencies and is a founding member of the Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad.  He’s spent the past 30 years tramping around Alaska drawing historic buildings, creating the “Sketches of Alaska” column for Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for the past twelve. Producing two books on historic sites, he’s currently working on a third, and currently serves on the Alaska Historical Commission 

Janet Matheson, FAIA, is an Historical Architect , having – for decades – performed historic resource surveys, historic restoration designs, and documentation of historic properties, as required by State & Federal historic preservation standards.

Gary Pohl, AIA, is a long time Alaskan with 46 years of professional architectural experience in Alaska. His body of work principally consists of commercial, institutional, military and governmental projects.  Currently, he works on a limited number of small projects deemed to benefit their respective communities.

If you can’t attend in person, please email us for a Zoom link. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022


For more information about our past lectures and events, or to obtain the zoom link to the lecture series please contact us.

For more information about lectures sponsored by the Tanana Yukon Historical Society, please call 488-3383, or e-mail

All TYHS events are free and open to the public.

Wickersham House Museum Video Trailer and Alaskaland Podcast 

View video trailer of Wickersham House Museum

Listen to the Alaskaland Podcast Ep. 3 – Judge James Wickersham:  The Man Who Named Fairbanks



We wish to thank our donors, some of whom have been extremely generous this past year. The Tanana Yukon Historical Society depends upon this kind of support and every donation is welcome, no matter its size. With these contributions, we have been able to carry out some projects and acknowledge vital members of our community who have passed on. BUT we need some ideas of how to spend your money. If you have a history-related project in mind please contact us!

1919: A Year of Death and Survival 

This 24 minute film by Rhonda McBride about the 1919 pandemic is now available on YouTube. Click here to view this film.