Chief Shakes Tribal House – Wrangell

This award honors excellence in historic preservation throughout Alaska by recognizing a project, organization, agency, or individual exemplifying the highest standards in Alaska preservation. 

2019 Historic Preservation Awards Announced

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) presented their annual Historic Preservation Award to five people during their annual meeting of the organization held on November 7.  

This award honors excellence in historic preservation throughout Alaska by recognizing a project, organization, agency, or individual exemplifying the highest standards in Alaska preservation. 

Awards were presented to:

Janet Matheson, AIA for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation. Matheson is a Fairbanks architect specializing in historic preservation. She is a charter member of AAHP and we elected to the AAHP board of directors during the meeting.

Dr. Katie Ringsmuth, Eagle River, and the Naknek Cannery History Project for Stewardship/Individual and Organization. The cannery is located in Bristol Bay.

Doris Thomas, Eagle River, for Stewardship/Individual. Thomas is a volunteer with the Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS). She has coordinated the tours and dinner held each summer at the site as well as other projects that she has assisted with over the past several years.

Lee Poleske, of Seward, for Lifetime Achievement for Historic Preservation. Lee was instrumental in forming both the original Seward Museum and the Resurrection Bay Historical Society. For several years, Lee published the Resurrection Bay Historical Society newsletter.  Lee was a central contributor to the formation of the Seward Trailblazers, and he continues to help guide the preservation and resurrection of the southern portion of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

Brown & Hawkins Store in Seward and owners Hugh and Iris Darling for Stewardship/Property owner. The Brown & Hawkins Store has been in the family for 100 years. The Darlings recently sold the business, ending a family legacy of ownership of the historic building.

Poleske and the Darlings were unable to attend to receive their awards. They will be presented the awards at a meeting of the Seward Historic Properties Commission in the near future.

Long-time Oscar Anderson House Museum Manager, Mary Flaherty and her husband Dan were presented with a special recognition for their devotion to the house and to the museum program for many years.  Mary retired a year ago from guiding tours at the museum. And of course, Dan retired as well. Mary and Dan contributed a great deal of their time to the house over the years.

Each awardee was presented with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to Historic Preservation in Alaska. The certificates were presented in a large all-glass frame with silver trim around the edges. The awards were presented by AAHP board member Sam Combs who created the HPA program in 2007

Past Historic Preservation Award Winners

2018:No award given
2017:Bob De Armond
        Bill De Armond
2016:No award given
2015: Bob Mitchell
2014: Thad Poulson
            Jim Renkert   
2013: Sheri and Darrin Hamming
2012: No award given
2011: Mary Flaherty
2010: No award given
2009: Don Corwin
           Steve Peterson
2008: No info available
2007: Edwin Crittenden, FAIA
            Katharine (Kit) Crittenden
            Sam Combs, AIA
            Elayne Janiak