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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


2018-19 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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Our speaker for National Aviation History Month will be Pete Haggland who will discuss Lend-Lease:  Alaska’s Air Route to Support Russia in WWII and Leanne P. Williams:  Across the Arctic by Air:  Alaska’s Role in Polar Exploration Flights. 


December 19, 2018

Dr. John Heaton will present A Shot in the Arm for Alaska:  Al Jolson’s Report of his USO Tour of the Alaskan Home-Front and War Zone in 1942.


January 16, 2019

Dr. Terrence Cole will talk about E.T. Barnette. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE to Fairbanks Distilling Company located in downtown Fairbanks in the Historic Old City Hall, 410 Cushman Street (Cushman Street between 4th and 5th Avenues).


February 20, 2019

In celebration of African American History Month, Joan Skilbred with present African Americans in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska History.


March 20, 2019

Amy Viltrakis will discuss Salcha History.


April 17, 2019 (tentative)

Russ Vanderlugt will present Copper River Landscapes and Indigenous Encounters:  The Army Returns after 133 Years.


May 15, 2019 (tentative)

Dr. Jim Kari and Gerald Smith will present Athabascan Geographic Place Names.

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