Monthly Programs

Most months a member will give a presentation, discussing a current work in progress, the research and writing process, or an area of personal interest and expertise. A collegial Q&A ensues, and the speaker can, if they wish, ask for suggestions for improvement in case they will be giving the talk at other venues. These programs are usually held at 2:00 PM on the third Sunday of the month, except for December; exceptions can be made as necessary. A digital projector and screen are available. Another member volunteers to take notes and write a report for the newsletter, or the speaker may provide a synopsis instead.

We try to have a speaker each month, though this is not always possible. Ideally, we schedule the programs as far in advance as possible. Members who are interested in giving a talk or other program (such as a film or exhibit tour) should email


Next Monthly Program

Sunday, January 20, 2:00 pm, Monthly Program  via Zoom Steven Levi:  Digging for Online Gold From Alaska (or Anywhere) The internet has bestowed on historians the power to research newspapers, public files, and other documents from their home office. A cornucopia of information on historical figures and events can be excavated from archives for use in books, articles and presentations. From his labors in Alaska, Institute member Steven Levi has accumulated a tool-boxful of tips and techniques for digging out information from afar, and without charge. He'll share some of the most useful with us, confined to working remotely for now, and illustrate them with imagery and nuggets of information from his own work, notably on the Alaska Gold Rush. Steve Levi is a freelance technical, commercial and historical writer in Alaska. He has more than 100 books in print and 40 audible downloads. His motto: “If you do not have something unique, you have nothing.” He has written the only scholarly book on the Alaska Gold Rush, Boom and Bust in the Alaska Gold Fields,and the definitive book on Alaska’s ghost ship, the Clara Nevada. Steve is also the only American writer of novels about "impossible" crimes, in which the first investigative challenge is figuring out how the capers could have been committed at all -- like a Greyhound bus with $10 million in cash and a dozen hostages vanishing off the Golden Gate Bridge while being followed by the San Francisco police. His impossible crime novels can be found on authormasterminds and his short stories are available on Readers & Writers Facebook. P.S. See the "press release" attachment for Steve's limited-time offer of free copies for young women of a book about the history of women's rights in the United States.