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Tanana Yukon Historical Society 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Monday, October 25, 2021 – 6:00 PM (Alaska Time)  By Zoom

This year, we’re sending you the link to the meeting directly (see below) and ask that you do NOT share it with others.  That should help to keep the meeting secure.

We have a lot to tell you! 

Because of restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we suspended our lecture series in March 2020.  But, with the brief moderation in COVID during the summer this year, we took a chance and opened Wickersham House Museum to the public.

We’re working on ways to re-start the Society’s lectures, looking for a place where we can have live audiences AND broadcast the events. Our efforts to support education, research, and public programs that promote historic preservation are on-going. 

President Ron Inouye will give you a brief review of the year past.  And, we’ll make a few reports on our fiscal health and other activities.

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Wickersham Day Reception

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, the Tanana Yukon Historical Society celebrated the 164th birthday of James Wickersham with a Wickersham Day Reception at the Wickersham House in Pioneer Park, Fairbanks Alaska. James Wickersham was Alaska’s renowned jurist. One hundred years ago, the Judge was back to lawyering in Juneau and wouldn’t be back in the US House of Representatives for another ten years.  He never again lived in Fairbanks but the home he first built for his wife, Deborah, in 1904, remains a calm and reassuring place, reflecting the amenities eagerly sought by those who founded and built Fairbanks. “Wick House” is a fine place to learn more about the life of the man to whom all Alaskans owe so much (Following photos are courtesy of Ron Inouye).

Wickersham 164th Birthday Cake

Joan Fairchild and Steve Mitchell with Cake

Joan Fairchild and Steve Mitchell (as Judge James Wickersham)

Visitors Rich & Gretchen Clemmons

Visitors Rich and Gretchen Clemmons enjoying their visit and cake during the reception.



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!

Donna M. Krier Honored


From left to right:  Joan Skilbred, James “Pat” Doogan, Linda Conley, George Lounsbury (PMP Board members) standing behind Donna (seated). Photo Credit:  Ron Inouye.

With deep appreciation and gratitude, the Trustees of Pioneer Memorial Park, Inc., recognized Donna M. Krier’s unbroken 34 years of service to the organization and the Fairbanks Pioneer Museum.  First appointed as a Trustee of the PMP by the Tanana Yukon Historical society in March 1987, she has been an untiring worker, promoting the objectives of the PMP, a collaboration of the Pioneers of Alaska and the TYHS.  Over the decades she has helped to found, support and actively maintain other groups and establishments that enrich community and personal life in Interior Alaska.   For all this, Trustees of PMP, Inc. now declare Donna M. Krier to be a Trustee Emerita.  Presented by the PMP, Inc Board in August 2021.

2021-2022 Lecture Series

The TYHS has an active schedule of speakers at our free monthly public lectures held in Pioneer Hall at Pioneer Park at 7 PM unless otherwise noted on the third Wednesday of the month. Our lecture series is currently suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 e-mail

All TYHS events are free and open to the public.

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.