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 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 (Chair)
State of Alaska
P.O. Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811-0015
(907) 465-3520

Shari Paul
Lt. Gov.'s Liaison to AHC

Judy Bittner
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of History and Archaeology
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1310
Anchorage, AK 99501-3565
(907) 269-8715

Talis J. Colberg
P.O. Box 336
Palmer, Alaska 99645-0336
(907) 745-9726
(Public member, term ends 7/1/20)

Alisha Drabek
1522 E. Kouskov Street
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 481-2160
(Historian, term ends 7/1/2021)

Michael C. Hawfield

P.O. Box 2609
Homer, AK 99603-2609
(907) 299-0290
(Alaska Historical Society, term ends 7/1/20)

Wayne Jensen
522 West Tenth St.
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-4521
(Architect, term ends 7/1/20)

Rebecca Poulson

107 Jeff Davis St.
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-3448
(Alaska Historical Society, term ends 7/1/2021)

Jonathon Ross

19933 Tulwar Dr.
Chugiak, AK 99567
(907) 230-1457
(Indigenous Ethnic Group Representative, term ends 7/1/19)

Douglas W. Veltre
1319 G Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 720-3180
(Archaeologist, term ends 7/1/19)