Alaska Historical Commission

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 assistance

  • 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. Mead Treadwell (Chair)
State of Alaska
P.O. Box 110015
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0015
w: 465-3520/fax: 465-5400
e-mail: Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Judy Bittner
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of History and Archaeology
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1310
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3565
w: 269-8715/fax: 269-8908
e-mail: judy.bittner@alaska.gov

Terrence M. Cole
321 Hawk Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99712
w: 474.6995/h: 457.7078
e-mail: tmcole@alaska.edu
(public member, term ends 7.1.17)

Michael C. Hawfield
P.O. Box 2609
Homer, Alaska 99603-2609
w: 235.1611/h: 234.6078/c: 279.0290
e-mail: mchawfield@kpc.alaska.edu
(Alaska Historical Society, term ends 7.1.17)

Wayne Jensen
522 West Tenth St.
Juneau, Alaska 99801
w: 789.4521/h: 364.2474/fax 586.3959
e-mail: wayne@jensenyorbalott.com
(Architect, term ends 7.1.17)

Patricia Roppel
PO Box 1998
Wrangell, Alaska 99929
h: 874-2627
e-mail: patroppel@hotmail.com
(historian, term expires 7/1/15)

Jonathon Ross
19933 Tulwar Dr.
Chugiak, Alaska 99567
Phone 230-1457
Email enushen@yahoo.com
(indigenous ethnic group representative, term exp 7/1/16)

Douglas W. Veltre
1319 G Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
w: 786-6847/h: 277-1735/cell: 720-3180
e-mail: afdwv@uaa.alaska.edu
(archaeologist, term expires 7/1/16)

Candy Waugaman
P.O. Box 80589
Fairbanks, Alaska 99708-0589
h: 479-2812/cell: 590-2378
e-mail: candy@mosquitonet.com
(Alaska Historical Society, term expires 7/1/15)