Collaborations

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

With Students

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

The Society supports students on 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. TYHS provides awards annually on National History Day to students researching local topics. The Jane Williams Prize and Niilo Koponen Award are awarded to students for their best local history exhibit displayed on National History Day. Nationa History Day

With Alaska Native Groups

The Society facilitates the government-to-government process between Alaska Native groups and the U.S. Army Garrison Alaska by serving as a facilitator of formal meetings with 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, Healy Lake, Nenana 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

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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 land