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Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference September 12-15, 2018, Nome Alaska
Tundra & Ice:  History in Alaska’s Arctic
Call for Papers

Alaska’s Arctic is fertile ground for historical inquiry. Northern topics abound like whaling in the Arctic Ocean, the gold stampedes to Nome and Kotzebue Sound, the Prudhoe Bay oil strike, and the rich history of Inupiaq and Yupik people and their contributions to environmental protection and civil rights in Alaska. This year we look northward and contemplate ways to preserve our histories and share them with the world. As always, presentations on all Alaska history topics are welcome.

This year the Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska will hold their conference in Nome (a first for AHS), and this year’s theme—Tundra & Ice: History in Alaska’s Arctic—invites reflection on the people, landscapes, and events that have shaped Alaska’s higher latitudes. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, public historian at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry and Washington State History Museum, who has many years of experience wrangling with questions of whose stories are told and how we tell them.

You are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and poster sessions. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Presenters must be registered for the conference.

To submit a proposal, please send your presentation title, an abstract (<100 words), and two sentences about yourself to Chris Allan, Program Chair,

Proposals are due May 15, 2018.


2017-18 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.  Our next speakers will be:

March 21, 2018:  African-Americans in Fairbanks, Past and Present by Dorothy James.

From Fairbanks’ beginning, African-Americans have been part of the community – as business owners, educators, members of the military, artists, religious figures, and politicians.  Their work and advocacy have had impacts upon all our lives and contributed directly to the changes in our society over the past century.

Dorothy Jones is a retired associate professor of computer applications.  Over the course of a 27-year career at the University of Alaska and more than four decades in Fairbanks, she has known many of the people about whom she will speak and the experienced the changes they have helped to bring about.

For more information about this presentation, please call 488-3383.

April 18, 2018:  Sketching and Archiving River Steamers by Ray Bonnell

May 16, 2018:  Early Agriculture in the Tanana Valley, panel and discussion led by Pat Holloway.

Yukon Historical & Museums Association

Read the last E-Bulletin March 26, 2018 here