The Mission of Historic Ketchikan

Thomas Basin, 2017
Thomas Basin, 2017

Historic Ketchikan is a private, non-profit organization that promotes economic development through historic preservation and heritage tourism. The Ketchikan area has the largest number of historic properties of any community in Alaska, and Historic Ketchikan takes a very active role in maintaining that integrity.

Historic Ketchikan is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. We actively seeks grants and projects that promote economic development and historic preservation. With support from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the City of Ketchikan, we publish the “Our Town” magazine, everything you ever wanted to know about Ketchikan.


The Goals of Historic Ketchikan

  • Economic Development
  • Historic Preservation
  • Community Education and Coordination


Officers and Directors

Terry Wanzer, President

Jim Alguire, Treasurer: Jim arrived in Ketchikan in 1964 with wife Gail and children. He was soon involved in the travel industry, first as a partner in a local travel agency, then as an Alaskan tour operator. He retired in 2004 after working 22 years for Alaska Airlines. He is a founding member of the First City Players and the Ketchikan Community Concert Band. His public service includes 11 years on the Gateway Borough School Board.

Erika Jayne Christian, Director

Carolyn Henry, Director

Morgan Barry, Director

Pat Tully, Director: Patricia Tully has been the Director of the Ketchikan Public Library since January 2017. She received her master’s degree in library studies in 1988, and since then has worked in a variety of public and academic libraries. In 2000 Ms. Tully became a volunteer at the Beverly (Mass.) Historical Society (now Historic Beverly), cataloging their extensive railroad history collection. After moving to Middletown, Connecticut in 2004 she became active in the Middlesex County Historical Society, joining the Board of Directors in 2006 and serving as Board President from 2010-2014. Ms. Tully has been on the Board of Historic Ketchikan since the spring of 2017.

Stephen Reeve, Executive Director: Stephen is an architect, city planner and historic preservationist.  He has advanced degrees from the universities of Washington, Harvard and Alaska. He has directed land and resource planning for the State of Alaska and worked in developing countries in many parts of the world.  He came to Ketchikan in 1971 to serve as the community’s first Planning Director and was instrumental in establishing the Creek Street Historic District.  He has since restored a number of historic buildings in Ketchikan and helped to establish our Historic Ketchikan organization nearly three decades ago.

Honorary Directors

David Rubin, Director

Len Laurance, Director Emeritus