Cook Inlet Historical Society 2017-2018 Lecture Series
Lectures: Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month (Sept.- Nov. and Jan.–May)
This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Cession between Russia and the United States (1867-2017). Over the past century and a half, Alaska has undergone remarkable change. Its Native population has persisted and thrived; settlers have arrived from around the world; the culture and economy of the territory and then state has transformed several times. Throughout the fall and spring of 2017-2018, the Cook Inlet Historical Society will present lectures on some of the topics that have defined Alaska’s history since the cession. While it is impossible to encapsulate the full scope and breadth of 150 years of Alaskan history, we’ll explore a few topics that have made the state what it is today. The series will proceed chronologically. Our first speakers will discuss the politics behind the Treaty of Cession and its impact of Alaska’s indigenous population. Other topics will include the settlement in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the economy of the early territorial days, the discovery of oil, the role of the military in our state, and the involvement of the federal government in shaping Alaska’s vast public lands. We hope you’ll join us for a provocative and informative speaker series.