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, May 18, 2022 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with a tour of the historic Falcon Joslin House, 413 Cowles Street (corner of Cowles and 5th Avenue).

The two-story wood frame house was built in 1904-1905 by Falcon Joslin, a Tennessee lawyer who came to Fairbanks and financed construction of the Tanana Valley Railroad.  Joslin’s railroad served the surrounding gold mines and was instrumental in ensuring the economic success of the Fairbanks community.  The Joslin House was one of the first frame houses built in what was not much more than a gold mining camp at the time.

The house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980.  Its current owners since 2016, Chris Miller and Angie Schmidt, have been working to stabilize and protect the structure so that it remains a part of Fairbanks for many decades to come. 

Very Important if you plan to visit:

Please park along Fifth Avenue or in the nearby neighborhoods.  Chris and Angie ask that visitors be prepared to remove their shoes and plan to spend about 15-20 minutes moving through the house. Note there are stairs and many uneven surfaces leading to and within the house.

The first floor areas and basement will be available for viewing. Feel free to linger a bit longer to talk with homeowners Chris and Angie and look at photos in the garage/yard area after you exit the house. 

Be warned: Early and late arrivals will be provided with paintbrushes and hammers and put to work!!

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

All TYHS events are free and open to the public.

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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.