When you walk inside the doors of the Seward House Museum, it is like stepping back in time as if William Henry Seward himself just left for the day. The Seward House Museum displays one of the most original collections of any historic home in America. Our collections are an invaluable historic asset for historians, artists, and the public alike. Even Doris Kearns Goodwin, when referring to the Seward House, stated, “I keep telling everyone that it is one of the most treasured museums in our whole country.”

We work each day to inspire curiosity and foster learning about the 19th century through the lens of the William H. Seward family. Your gift will support a national treasure, allowing us to continue providing dynamic and meaningful experiences today and for generations to come.

2017 Seward House Museum Highlights

  • The SHM expanded its national reach through a partnership with the State of Alaska. This partnership included the SHM’s loan of its iconic Emanuel Leutze painting, Signing of the Alaska Treaty, to several museums in Alaska. The SHM staff celebrated Seward Day in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club and at a reception at the U.S. State Department.
  • The SHM hosted the first public unveiling of a brand new Seward statue, which can now be viewed on the Alaska State Capitol grounds in Juneau, AK.
  • Don Wildman, host of Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, joined us as our celebrity guest for our Glacier Gala and a tour of the Museum in May.
  • Along with the 1,300 school children that visited, the SHM also provided its first live-streaming tours for over one hundred 8th graders.
  • #CampSeward attendance tripled with a continued partnership with the Auburn Doubledays and the Auburn YMCA.
  • In June, the SHM welcomed Russian historian Lee Farrow to speak about her new book, Seward’s Folly: A New Look at the Alaska Purchase. Her work is the first book length examination of “Seward’s Folly” in a generation.
  • The SHM recorded a segment with Emmy award-winning journalist Janus Adams for her show, the Janus Adams Show. This segment will launch her new season on NPR on November 18, 2017.
  • SHM partnered with the National Park Service and looks forward to its continued collaboration with the Women’s Rights and the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks.