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 needs your help. Complete the items on the action list below and let us know when you do by tagging #SavingPlaces. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!
Lots of fun ways to celebrate historic presevation this month! Can you accomplish all 31?
Let us know at

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.

Videos For Historic Preservation Month

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

CandleSt. MichaelWisemanSewardFlat
KetchikanDelta JunctionKenaiHomer 

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  Each day May 1 thru 30 the archives will post a video on a community. Check the dates for the community and for the day.

Historic Preservation Commissions in Alaska

Alaska Historic Preservation Comission
State of Alaska Historic Preservation Office