About Us


Preserving, interpreting and sharing Talkeetna’s past, to enrich the present and inspire the future.  The Talkeetna Historical Society preserves the character, stories, artifacts, and historic structures of our area. The general purpose is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the heritage of Talkeetna, Alaska, and thereby to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of our communities history, art, and natural environment by all.


Our Vision

The Talkeetna Historical Society will be recognized as the leading voice in the preservation of  Talkeetna’s history, natural environment and character.


Executive Director

Sue Deyoe

Sue grew up in the midwest as a farm girl, ventured north to Minneapolis after graduating from college.  She did an internship at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts working on 14th and 15th century tapestries. The project endeared her forever to history and museums.  She moved to Alaska in 1991.  After years working in Denali National Park and Antarctica, she moved to the sunny banana belt of Alaska—Talkeetna.  She worked for KTNA, for Sunshine Transit and since December 2013, has been in her position at the Talkeetna Historical Society and Museum.  She oversees museum operations and the care of the society’s six  100-year -old buildings and implements the mission and vision of the THS.

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Curator of Collections – Position hiring!!

We are currently hiring for this position!

The Curator of Collections cares for the collections, manages conservation and develops exhibits inside the museum. To apply for this position click on the links on the front page or here.

Board of Directors

Sharon Montagnino, President
Paul Roderick, Vice President
Holly Stinson, Secretary
Katie Gilligan, Treasurer

Joellen Bye, Director
Autumn Merritt, Director
Debbie Reiswig, Director

Board members serve 3 year terms and a limit of 2 terms.  The positions are staggered so 2 seats come available each fall. If you are interested in running for the board, there is an application and submit a letter of interest to The board concentrates on making policy, making sure the organization stays financially sound, does fundraising and marketing and oversees the work of the executive director.  Current committees are:  buildings; finance; marketing; fundraising; and the executive committee.

Download board member application