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About Us!

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Palmer  – Alaska’s Best kept Secret


The Palmer Historical Society is dedicated to our hometown of Palmer, Alaska, a quaint little town, nestled in the beautiful Matanuska Valley and surrounded by the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. We are truly a hometown kind of community.

Our town site was designed in 1935 during the Great Depression. Our town was one of the 100 planned FDR New Deal “resettlement communities”. In May of that year, 204 families from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (including one family from Oklahoma) were relocated to the Matanuska Valley in order to develop an agricultural community in what was then a Territory. That was just 68 years after the United States of America had purchased the Territory of Alaska from Russia!

Palmer incorporated as a City in April 1951 and has been an Alaskan leader in community infrastructure development through the years, with many dedicated citizens giving caring thought to community needs and lifestyle amenities.

We at PHS invite your participation in efforts needed to save our town’s unique history!


Visit the Colony House Museum at 316 East Elmwood Avenue to learn more about the Matanuska Valley Colonization Project.

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History Night ! 
Palmer Historical Society hosts monthly program nights open to the public.  Each program is unique with a guest speaker sharing local history.  Programs are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm at the Palmer Public Library Meeting Room.

Programs are January-May & September-November

Join us for a great time including refreshments and door prizes.

In June and December the Colony House Museum holds an Open House during Colony Days and Colony Christmas – be sure to stop by for old fashion fun!


Keep a watchful eye – you may be able to save a historical treasure for us! 

Palmer Historical Society
Box 1935
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 745-1935