Alaska Historical Commission

Alaska Historical Commission meeting

The Alaska Historical Commission will meet by WebEx on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 9 am to 4 pm. The agenda includes a review of applications for projects from Certified Local Governments, consideration of National Register nominations and geographic name proposals, and updates on historic preservation programs. Any person or group wishing to address the commission on the grant requests, National Register nominations, geographic name proposals, or any other historic preservation issue is invited to participate in the public comment session starting at 10:00 am. To sign up for public comment or register to attend the meeting, please email a request to dnr.oha@alaska.gov. To sign up by phone or to request a printed copy of the agenda, please call 907-269-8700. You may also write to the Office of History and Archaeology, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.


The Alaska Historical Commission is a forum for citizens' voices in the development of state history policy. Members advise the Governor on programs concerning history and prehistory, historic sites and buildings, and on geographic names. The nine-member commission includes the Lieutenant Governor, three citizens trained in history, architecture, or archaeology, an individual representing Native ethnic groups, two members recommended by the Alaska Historical Society, one member from the general public, and the State Historic Preservation Officer. Responsibilities of the Alaska Historical Commission include:

  • Reviewing Alaskan prehistory and history materials now in print
  • Identifying gaps in the published coverage of Alaska's past
  • Identifying sources of Alaska's history
  • Coordinating publication of materials that present all aspects of Alaska's history
  • Reviewing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on grant proposals for historic preservation projects
  • Determining the correct and most appropriate names for Alaska's geographic features
  • Serving as the state representatives for Alaska's Geographic Names Program
  • Advising the Governor and the Legislature on state policy and programs for the preservation of the state's historic, prehistoric, and archaeological resources

Alaska Historical Commission Members

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer
State of Alaska
P.O. Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811-0015
(907) 465-3520
E-mail: Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer
(Chair)
Liaison: Dianne Prince
Phone: (907) 269-7460
e-mail: dianne.prince@alaska.gov

Judy Bittner
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of History and Archaeology
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1310
Anchorage, AK 99501-3565
(907) 269-8715
E-mail: judy.bittner@alaska.gov

Forgiveness "Givey" Kochanowski
12221 Shenandoah Road
Anchorage, AK 99516
(907) 717-4240
E-mail: givey.kochanowski@gmail.com
(Public member, term ends 6/30/23)

Alisha Drabek
1522 E. Kouskov Street
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 539-5015
E-mail: alish@nunaworks.com
(Historian, term ends 6/30/21)

Raymond Bonnell
127 Glacier Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Home:(907) 452-5455
E-mail: pingo@mosquitonet.com
(Alaska Historical Society, term ends 6.30.23)

Wayne Jensen
522 West Tenth St.
Juneau, AK 99801
Work: (907) 789-4521
Home: (907) 364-2474
Cell: (907) 321-0838
E-mail: wayne@jensenyorbalott.com
(Architect, term ends 6/30/23)

Rebecca Poulson

107 Jeff Davis St.
Sitka, AK 99835
Work: (907) 747-3448
Cell: (907) 738-7448
E-mail: rebecca_poulson@hotmail.com 
(Alaska Historical Society, term ends 6/30/21)

Mark W. Rollins

1833 Kalgin Street
Anchorage, AK 99504
Work: (907) 269-8722
Cell: (907) 631-9449
E-Mail: mark.rollins@alaska.gov or markwrollins@gmail.com
(Archaeologist, term ends 6/30/22)

Jonathon Ross

19933 Tulwar Dr.
Chugiak, AK 99567
(907) 230-1457
E-mail: enushen@yahoo.com
(Alaska Native, term ends 6/30/22)

Attorney for the Commission:
Harriet Dinegar Milks
Alaska Department of Law
123 4th Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
PO BOX 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300
Work: (907) 465-2123
E-mail: harriet.dinegar@alaska.gov