News & Events

TYHS Coordinator Position is Now Open!

Be a part of the TYHS team.  We are looking for a part-time (up to 20 hours a week) Coordinator to assist with ongoing operations, development and administrative and education activities of the Society. Click here for more information and application details.


We wish to thank our donors, some of whom have been extremely generous this 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!


2019-2020 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 2019-2020 lecture season is as follows:

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – Tom Alton will discuss his new book published by University of Alaska Press, ‘Alaska in the Progressive Age’.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – Leanna Prax Williams. ‘Frank’s Follies: The Life, Times and Misadventures of Pilot Frank Dorbandt’.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – Tom Alton will discuss his new book published by University of Alaska Press, ‘Alaska in the Progressive Age’.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – In celebration of African History Month, Margaret Merritt will present her new book ‘Roshier H. Creecy:  A Black Man’s Search for Freedom and Prosperity in the Koyukuk Gold Fields of Alaska’.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – to be announced.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – National Park Service Week is April 20-28. To celebrate this, Karen Brewster will discuss her new book ‘For the Love of Freedom:  Miners, Trappers, Hunting Guides and Homesteaders in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve’.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – May is Historic Preservation Month and to celebrate this, Angie Schmidt and Chris Miller will give a tour of the Falcon Joslin House which they are currently renovating. Details will be available closer to the date.

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
Dalton Highway Sign Summer 2019
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