Tanana-Yukon Historical Society
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News & Events

2023-2024 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. Information about our 2023-2024 lecture is will be posted here when available.

January 17:  Pioneer Hall in Pioneer Park – Fairbanks oldest sporting organization, the Fairbanks Curling Club. An illustrated lecture presented by Karen Spaleta & Ken Hall. Established in 1905, the Fairbanks Curling Club (FCC) is the oldest sporting organization in Alaska. Brought to Fairbanks by miners from the Yukon, early games were played downtown on the Chena River ice. 

Tonight, we’ll learn of the early years in the first club building on 2nd Avenue; and 1935,when women were admitted and the FCC held the first International Bonspiel. 

Over the intervening years, curlers from Fairbanks have been part of the leadership of national and international curling governing bodies, won national championships, and represented the US at the Olympics. 

Ken Hall, a third-generation Fairbanksan, first curled in the late 1970’s, while in high school.  Having served the Club and Foundation in many leadership roles, Ken works for Lyndon Transport. His family’s legacy in the FCC is a long one: his grandfather Ed Clausen was an FCC member in the 1930’s, and his children have grown up in the sport. 

A relative newcomer to Fairbanks, Karen Spaleta fell into curling as a means to keep busy during the long winters. Serving on the FCC’s Board and Foundation, she makes her living as an analytical geochemist. With degrees in geology and physics, she claims curling is the perfect sport involving science from both of those disciplines.

  • February 21:  Agriculture in the Tanana Valley with Dr. Patricia Holloway
  • March 20:  (Tentative) Downsizing Alaskana:  Art, Boos, Souvenirs 
  • April 17:  (Tentative) SS Nenana Revisited
  • May 15:  A walking tour of the SS Nenana

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.

New Publication!

Mary F. Ehrlander with Hild M. Peters have now published their new book “Hospital and Haven. The Life and Work of Grafton and Clara Burke in Northern Alaska”. For more information about the book, click here. The book is available at Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press. For 40% off while ordering, use code 6AF23.


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! tyhs@alaska.net.