Above: Indian council held at Fairbanks, July 1915. (University of Alaska Archives)

With Alaska Native Groups

The Society facilitates the government-to-government process between Alaska Native groups and the State of Alaska by serving as the fiscal key to the US Army’s formal meetings with Alaska Native tribal entities affected by past, present and future Army activities. Meetings are held 2–4 times per year in Tetlin, Northway, Tok, Tanacross, Dot Lake, Eagle, and on Fort Wainwright, and generate a small amount of profit for the Society. As facilitators, we:

  • Contract for air transport when necessary
  • Cater meetings
  • Reimburse tribal government representatives for their travel costs
  • Document meetings with minutes and photos

With the Military

Ladd Army Airfield, 1943. (Wikimedia Commons)

We also work with the Army to discover and maintain Alaska history on military lands by:

  • Digging through abandoned dump sites looking for historic treasures
  • Exploring the architecture of WWII buildings at Fort Richardson (Anchorage) and the Ladd Army Airfield  National Historic Landmark area of Fort Wainwright
  • Creating signage to allow visitors to understand military history in Alaska
  • Helping the Army manage its public lands

With Students

Congressional delegation and students at National History Day 2015. (Alaska Historical Society)

The Society helps support students who participate in National History Day (NHD), a year-long academic organization for elementary and secondary school students that focuses on the teaching and learning of history. More than a half million students across the nation participate each year. History Day in Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the NHD program.

2015 National History Day

Hundreds of K–12 students attended the 16th annual History Day at the Pioneer Park Centennial Center. The event was presented by the UAF History Department and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Leadership & Legacy in History was the theme for exhibits, websites, and video documentaries.

The Society presented $25 Gulliver’s Book Store certificates to Kevin Baird, Anna Thomas, and Lauren Kohntopp for exhibits about Alaska history. Ernest Gruening was the theme of Anna and Lauren’s entry with the help of Dahliya Davis and under the nhd2016_logoguidance of Barnette Magnet School teacher Heidi Imhof.