Historical Lecture Series

Three men and a pet moose. (Alaska Digital Archives, Alaska State Library, University of Alaska Archives)

Above: Fairbanks at -50°. (Alaska Digital Archives, Alaska State Library, the University of Alaska Archives)


In the winter, we run a monthly lecture series featuring presentations about local and state historical topics. Our lecture series has been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When: Third Wednesday of each month
Where: Pioneer Hall at Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

Upcoming lectures will be posted here.

Lecture topics

Past lecture topics have included:

  • The Birthplace of William H. Seward, Alaska’s First Statesman
  • Drawing History
  • Gold Rush Ice Train: George Glover and the US Government’s Unlikely Attempt to Conquer the North by Steam
  • Husker Du – Reel History of Alaska’s Interior
  • The Mears Memorial Bridge: Crowning Link in the Alaska Railroad
  • On Whose Terms? Indian Chiefs and White Settlement in the Tanana Valley
  • Paved with Ice: John Muir’s Road to the Glacier Gospel
  • Pioneer Voices: Highlights of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society’s Audio Collection
  • Rockwell Kent, a Realist: Encouraging Alaskan Artists in an Age of Abstraction
  • The Tanana Chiefs and Wickersham: a Centenary
  • Walter Harper – A Portrait
  • Where’s Chena? Revisited