News & Events

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and the Tanana Yukon Historical Society invite the public to attend its third event in its Winter Share Your Culture/Share Your Research Series via Zoom.

Artist Talk by Laine Rinehart (Tlingit)

On Friday, Dec. 2nd at 12:00pm Tlingit weaver Laine Rinehart (they, them, theirs) will present on Chilkat weaving and share a visual update on their robe-in-progress from the loom. Click here for more information and how to join.


2022-2023 Lecture Series

The TYHS has an active schedule of speakers at our free monthly public lectures. The lectures start at 7 PM, unless otherwise noted, on the third Wednesday of the month. 

November 16, 2022 – An introduction to the “Alaska Mining Hall of Fame” with Tom Bundtzen at the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame’s new location, 404 Cushman Street, Fairbanks.

December 14, 2022 – The life of Judge James Wickerhsam’s role in Alaska history, particularly in Fairbanks, Eagle and Juneau by Steve Mitchell and Bryan Whitten. Hybrid meeting from Pioneer Hall, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks.

January 18, 2023 – A documentary tribute to musher Lance Mackey “The Great Alone”. Venue:  Pioneer Hall, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks.

February 4 and 15, 2023 – “Frozen Time”, a documentary of historic Hollywood film footage uncovered in Dawson City, Yukon. February 4 location yet to be determined in conjunction with the start of the Yukon Quest. February 15 venue Pioneer Hall, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks.

March 15, 2023 – BYO dinner discussing varied historical topics. Venue:  To be determined.

April 19, 2023 – BYO adult beverages discussing varied historical topics. Venue:  To be determined.

May 17, 2023 – Special historic preservation month presentation. Hybrid, venue to be determined. 

All TYHS events are free and open to the public.

For more information about our past lectures and events, or to obtain the zoom link to the lecture series please contact us.

All TYHS events are free and open to the public.

Wickersham Day Reception

The Tanana Yukon Historical Society celebrated the 165th Birthday of James Wickersham, Alaska’s renowned jurist on August 24, 2022 at the Wickersham House Museum in Pioneer Park. One hundred years ago, the Judge was back to lawyering in Juneau after his sixth term in the US House of Representatives and wouldn’t return to elected office for another nine 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. 


“Wick House” in Pioneer Park.


Stephen Mitchell, aka as “Wick” and House manager, recounted Wickersham’s significance to Fairbanks and Alaska history during the community’s “Golden Days” celebration. He also host Wickersham’s birthday at ‘Wick House”.


The cake noted this special occasion as Joan Fairchild, docent, prepared portions for visitors from Fairbanks, other parts of Alaska, and many international visitors.

For more information about this and other lectures sponsored by the Tanana Yukon Historical Society, please call 488-3383, or e-mail

Check out our website or “friend” us on Facebook: Tanana-Yukon Historical Society 


Wickersham House Museum Video Trailer and Alaskaland Podcast 

View video trailer of Wickersham House Museum

Listen to the Alaskaland Podcast Ep. 3 – Judge James Wickersham:  The Man Who Named Fairbanks



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!

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.