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. 

2021 Call for Nominations for
Historic Preservation Award
Instructions and Nomination Form click here

Preservation Alaska (dba Alaska Association for Historic Preservation) seeks nominations for its 14th Annual Historic  Preservation  Award  honoring  excellence  in  historic  preservation throughout Alaska.

This award honors excellence in historic preservation throughout Alaska by recognizing a project, organization, agency, or individual exemplifying the highest standards in Alaska preservation in different categories: Lifetime Achievement, Adaptive Use, Stabilization, Renovation, and Restoration Projects; and the Stewardship Award (Property Owners, Organizations, Firms and Governmental Agencies, and Individuals)

Two new categories have been added this year:

  • The Robert Mitchell Historic Architect Award was createdin honor of the late Robert Mitchell who passed away this past Spring. Mitchell was a long-time member of Preservation Alaska and involved in various historic preservation projects. He worked as an architect for almost six decades. This award is specific to architects working on historic preservation projects.
  • Historic Advocacy has been added to the Stewardship Award which recognizes a person who advocated for funding and put the people together for a successful project but does not have historic preservation background.

The honoree(s) will be announced at the organization’s annual meeting in November 2021.  

2020 Historic Preservation Awards Announced

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) presented their annual Historic Preservation Award during their annual meeting of the organization held on November 5, 2020. The 2020 meeting was a virtual meeting

The Historic Preservation Award was presented to Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance (IHTA) and the Fraternal Order of State Troopers. Both organizations have worked diligently to preserve their respective histories of Alaska.

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) announced the awarding of their Historic Preservation Award to two organizations at their recent Annual Meeting on November 5. This is an annual award presented to individuals, agencies, or organizations that have recognized their work in historic preservation in Alaska.

This year’s recipients were the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance (IHTA) and the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers (FOAST).  

IHTA was recognized for its stewardship of the Iditarod Trail. The organization is committed to the history, use, protection, and development of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. IHTA organization was formed in 1999 after the Department of Interior’s Iditarod National Historic Trail Advisory Council which sunsetted in 1998. Several of the board members have been involved for over 30 years.

IHTA partners with USFS, BLM, and Alaska Geographic and several other organizations or agencies to produce the iTREC Education Program. The purpose is to teach children about the historic trail along with other aspects of the area through training educators to create their own curricula to take back to the classroom. iTREC started in 2010.

IHTA has a Waymark Sign program started in 2013. The effort included 285 mileage signs, place name signs, and directional arrows

According to AAHP, this organization, especially its iTREC Education Program, is especially deserving of the Historic Preservation Award for its broad appeal to Alaskans of all ages, and its development of public knowledge of the history of the Iditarod Trail. Information about the organization can be found at https://www.iditarod100.org.

The Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers was nominated to honor their sustained effort for almost thirty years to establish, maintain, and develop the Alaska Law Enforcement Museum in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers (FOAST) is known as the keeper of Alaska’s richest treasure of historical items related to law enforcement. They have operated their museum since the early 1990’s.

The Alaska Legislature issued a commendation to FOAST in April 1999, for its efforts at preserving historic items, and designated the Trooper Museum as the official state repository of Alaska State Trooper memorabilia.  Since then, many more historical items have been received from the surplus of the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety that are now on display at the museum.

In presenting the award, AAHP stated that the development of the Alaska Law Enforcement Museum in downtown Anchorage is an excellent example of historic preservation, establishing a new heritage tourism destination, of interest to Alaskans as well as visitors, and very deserving of the Historic Preservation Award. Information about FOAST can be found at: https://foast.org

Past Excellence in Historic Preservation Award Winners

2020: Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance (IHTA)

             Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers

2019:  Janet Matheson
     Katie Ringsmuth/<NN>

Doris Thomas
             Lee Poleske
             Hugh & Iris Darling

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: FONSS

Erin and Falene Reeve

 2009: Don Corwin
            Steve Peterson

2008: No info available

2007: Edwin Crittenden, FAIA
            Katharine  Crittenden
            Sam Combs, AIA
            Elayne Janiak