News & Events


We wish to thank some long-time Fairbanks residents who made two donations of $5,000 each to the TYHS in the past year. We would like to thank them for their generosity.  If you too would like to make a donation to the TYHS, please email us at


2019-2020 Lecture Series

The TYHS has an active schedule of speakers at our monthly public free lectures held in Pioneer Hall at Pioneer Park at 7 PM unless otherwise noted on the third Wednesday of the month.

We are currently creating a list of lectures for the 2019-2020 season.

October is Archives Month and to celebrate, October’s lecture will be the “Open House’ event at the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives. ‘This years’ theme is ‘Honoring Our Past Focusing On Our Future’.

Please join us on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1732 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, Alaska. At this Open House, you can meet our new Archivist, Rachel Cohen, be part of the celebration of the re-opening of the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room and see exhibits featuring materials from the Michael Krauss Collection and Candace Waugaman Collection.  For more information, contact 474-6400 or email Parking is free after 5:00 PM in the Signers’ Hall and Eielson parking lots (3A, 3C, and 3G).

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – Daniel Osborne will be speaking about WAMCATS:  A Very Short History of the Washington Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System.

Further speakers will be added shortly.

For more information about our past lectures and events, please contact us.

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

All TYHS events are free and open to the public.

James William Dalton Interpretive Panel:  Fundraising Request
In collaboration with the Dalton Family, the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society (TYHS) presents:
An interpretive panel memorializing the importance and significant successes of James W. Dalton, who spent his engineering career in Alaska, first in the Aleutians and then all across the road-less far north, helping to guide the U.S. Navy’s oil exploration in the Naval Petroleum Reserve 4 (NPR-4), supervising the construction of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, and then decades of consulting with various mining and petroleum exploration efforts.  He also aided Alaskan officials in selecting what have become valuable northern tracts of oil-producing state lands.  Dalton helped to open up the country for petroleum, minerals, transportation, defense and communication … and his story has never been told.
The panel’s creation has taken many volunteer hours and fabrication dollars.  In addition, the TYHS has accepted a 10-year sponsorship of the panel, guaranteeing its maintenance and repair or replacement if damaged.  The total estimated cost is $7,500. Installation of the panel is being provided by the DOT&PF.  
(Funds raised in excess of actual & projected costs will be used for other historic preservation projects). 
Make Donations in support of the project:
By USPS: TYHS, P.O. Box 71336, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1336
or Ask Questions:
Email Address:; or (907) 488-3383
Telephone:  Project Coordinator, Patty Peirsol:  (907) 479-8668