Museums Alaska & Alaska Historical Society


Nome, Alaska | September 12-15, 2018

Welcome to the registration website for the 2018 conference of Museums Alaska and the Alaska Historical Society!  This year the conference was held in Nome, AK, hosted by the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum with partners from the University of Alaska Northwest Campus and the Katirvik Cultural Center. The conference took place at the Richard Foster Building and UAF Northwest Campus. This was a wonderful opportunity to see Nome and the Seward Peninsula and to share and connect with fellow Alaskans and professionals.

MA Theme: Relationships

Museums function within a complex network of relationships from individual work/life balance to staff and board relationships, and working with communities, stakeholders, funders, institutional collaborators, and more. How can we best maintain healthy and productive relationships on all of these levels? As museums adapt to shifting climates, audiences, and economics, how can we build and maintain resilient relationships for both immediate and long-term success? How do we stress resourcefulness, collaboration, and engagement in our museum relationships?

AHS Theme: Tundra & Ice: History in Alaska’s Arctic

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.

About the Organizers

The mission of Museums Alaska is to maintain an association of Alaska’s museum professionals and volunteers in order to provide opportunities for improvement of museum and cultural center services in Alaska and to enhance public understanding of the purposes and functions of Alaska’s museums and cultural centers.
The Alaska Historical Society is a statewide organization dedicated to the understanding and promotion of Alaska history by the exchange of ideas and information, the preservation and interpretation of resources, and the education of Alaskans about their heritage.  The association provides a forum for individuals interested in Alaska’s past to discuss new research, revisit past events, and share stories.

Museums Alaska
Keynote Speaker

Marieke Van Damme has worked in non-profits for over fifteen years, starting as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in Alaska right out of college and is collecting data that will be used in her keynote address.

Alaska Historical Society
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, public historian at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry and Washington State History Museum, has many years of experience wrangling with questions of whose stories are told and how we tell them.

About Nome


Located on the edge of the Bering Sea on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula, Nome is a vital hub for Northwest Alaska.