Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Historical Preservation Commission


The goal of the Historical Preservation Commission is to Promote and Maintain Cultural Heritage and Historic Integrity within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and to cultivate Economic Benefits through Historic Preservation.

To do this we protect significant historic and prehistoric resources, material remains, writing and oral histories within the Borough for the benefit of those in the present and future.

Our Four Objectives:

  • Identification of Cultural Resources
  • Evaluation of Cultural Resources
  • Registration of Cultural Resources
  • Protection of Cultural Resources

Meeting Schedule

The Commission meets in various locations throughout the Borough. Meetings are advertised on this website and the Clerk’s Office website, in the Frontiersman newspaper, and are open to the public. The next HPC meeting is Thursday, December 5th, 6:00-8:00 PM, at the Borough's Dorothy Swanda Jones Building, 350 E. Dahlia Ave - Palmer, Conference Room 119.

*** If you are interested in serving on the HPC you can find out more information HERE. Download an application here. There are presently three VACANCIES on the HPC.

C.L.G. History

Certified Local Government Annual Reports - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Historical Preservation Commission (HPC) was established by an Ordinance of the Assembly in April 1982. The MAT-SU Borough became a certified local government (CLG) in September of 1987, and is certified to carry out the purposes of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. We are pleased that the Mat-Su Borough was the first CLG in the great state of Alaska!

Announcements of Interest

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2019 - Contact: Amber Sawyer, Administrator - Phone: (907) 929-9870, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anchorage, Alaska (August 2, 2019) – The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) announces the call for nominations for their annual Historic Preservation Award that is presented during the annual meeting of the organization. AAHP is a statewide organization.

This award honors excellence in historic preservation throughout Alaska by recognizing a project, organization, agency, or individual exemplifying the highest standards in Alaska preservation. The honoree(s) will be announced at the AAHP Annual Meeting in November 2019.  

Past award winners include Bob De Armond, Bill De Armond, Bob Mitchell, Thad Poulson, Jim Renkert, and Sherri and Darrin Hamming. There can be more than one winner depending on the category of the nominations.

To submit a nomination of the 2019 AAHP Historic Preservation Award, please send a short description of deserving project, organization, agency, or individual to AAHP by October 18, 2019. An overview of the program’s categories for nominations can be found on the organization’s website or obtained via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Founded in 1982 as a private, nonprofit corporation, AAHP is dedicated to the preservation of Alaska’s prehistoric and historic cultural resources.   AAHP aids in historic preservation projects across Alaska, and monitors and supports legislation to promote historic preservation, serving as a liaison between local, statewide, and national historic preservation groups. Additionally, AAHP publishes a quarterly newsletter and holds educational workshops.

For more information or to obtain the program’s overview and nomination form, please contact Amber Sawyer at 907-929-9870 via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website Nominations may be sent via email or mailed to AAHP, PO Box 102025, Anchorage, AK 99510. Deadline is October 28, 2019.

New Alaska statewide preservation plan, Saving Our Past: Planning for Our Future - Alaska's State Historic Preservation Plan 2018-2023, is available for viewing at:

Heritage Newsletter: Monthly news update from the Office of History and Archaeology - State of Alaska, Dept. of Natural Resources

National Register of Historic Places:

Background from the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology


Please check the Public Meetings schedule for specific meeting information.


Staff support

Adam Bradway
Ph. 907.861-8608
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Planning Department Full Directory

Nomination for IMLS Award for Knik Museum (pdf 43.06 KB)   |  1443 hits

Agendas, Packets & Minutes

January 16, 2020Regular Meeting - Conference Room 119AgendaPacket