Executive Proclamation by Governor Mike Dunleavy

Preservation Alaska is celebrating National Historic Preservation Month during May. We hope that you will join us in celebrating! We have lots of things to do during May from getting outdoors to watching videos of historic places to general tips on historic preservation.

Calendar for May

Download STATEWIDE CALENDAR of Events here

May 2021 Display Calendar


Window Signs for Your Historic Property

We have created window signs that can be displayed in the windows of historic buildings or simply used around your community to promote Historic Preservation Month. The generic sign can be branded for your organization and the AAHP on has our information for contact. (For best results, print on heavier paper such as index stock.) If you are taking a Selfie, these signs are perfect to add to your photo!

Window Sign (Generic)
Window Sign (AAHP info)

Historic Preservation Player Cards

The Treasure Photo Hunt Player Card is for the Anchorage area.
Check with your local community to see if they are doing something similar.
The Historic Selfie Scavenger Hunt is great for around the state.
We want to see your favorite historic place! Instructions are included.

Be sure to download the Window Sign to include in your selfie!
Treasure Hunt Player Card
Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt Instructions

Here’s 31 Ways to Celebrate Historic Preservation Month

We spend all year advocating for places that matter. During Preservation Month, we flex our preservationist muscles and set aside time to celebrate and explore historic places in innovative ways. This May, Preservation Alaska offers 31 suggestions on how to celebrate. Let us know when you accomplish an item by tagging #SavingPlaces to your social media post.
We can’t wait to see what you accomplish! Can you accomplish all 31?
Let us know at AKPreservation@gmail.com

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month! 
Saving Places: Restore and Reuse Alaska’s Past   

Alaska’s Historic Properties List – by city

This is a list of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Alaska. There are over 400 listed sites in Alaska. Each of the state’s 28 boroughs and census areas has at least two listings on the National Register, except for the Kusilvak Census Area, which has none.

#ThisPlaceMatters Alaska was a photosharing campaign for Alaskans to share images of their favorite historic places around the state. This included images of historic buildings and structures, residential neighborhoods, downtowns, historic or rural landscapes, and archaeological sites (archaeological site locations are generalized for their protection).

Videos For Historic Preservation Month

Alaska Pioneer Towns — Twentieth Century Scenes
31 communities  from the UAF Film Archives will be featured each day.
Check our Facebook page or this page for the link to that day’s video or check right here.
The list includes:

CandleSt. MichaelWisemanSewardFlat
KetchikanDelta JunctionKenaiHomer Soldotna

Thank you to Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks for sharing the videos of Alaskan communities during Historic Preservation Month. If you have information on any of the communities in the videos, please contact  Angela Schmidt – Film Archivist at ajschmidt@alaska.edu 

Historic Preservation Commissions in Alaska

Alaska Historical Commission

Certified Local Governments (CLG)


State of Alaska Historic Preservation Office

Preservation Action