News & Events

Special Lecture Event
Monday, June 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Noel Wien Library Auditorium
“Duped by a Convict:  How my great-grandfather perished in the Kotzebue Gold Rush”
Presenter:  Sharon Lee Morris
“A Journey of Discovery:  The Nome Discovery Saloon Project?
Presenter:  Carol Gales

Here’s more information about the two talks:

In 1897, George Stevens, prisoner in the Washington State Penitentiary, convinced guards he could find gold in Kotzebue, Alaska. The head guard, James F. Addleman, – Sharon Lee Morris’ great-grandfather – got the convict pardoned and sailed to Alaska in 1898 with a crew that included Stevens and his young son. When the men discovered there was no gold in Kotzebue, they abandoned Stevens and his son and headed home. Days later the ship was capsized in a fierce storm and no one survived. Stevens made his way to Nome and bought land where the Discovery Saloon was later built.

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Before closing on purchase of Nome’s historic and then-somewhat dilapidated Discovery Saloon building in 2002, the new owner – Carol Gales – was already applying for historic preservation funds. Thus began a decade of grant management and exterior restoration work on Nome’s oldest-known gold rush structure, all guided by simultaneous research that uncovered the building’s forgotten history. Come learn about this unique building and the challenges of completing historic preservation work in a remote, sub-arctic community.

For more information about this and other 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.

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


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.

Check this again in August 2019 for a list of lectures for the 2019-2020 season.

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