The Pioneers of Alaska is a fraternal organization that was founded in Nome, Alaska in 1907 and is the only one of many Alaska based fraternal organizations still in existence and going strong .
Today there are 16 Men and 16 Women Subordinate Igloos that are active in Alaska. The Grand Igloo unites Alaska’s Pioneers by meeting once each year with the subordinate Igloos taking turns hosting these conventions. Delegates from all the subordinate igloos attend, and Grand Igloo officers are elected from these subordinate igloos to represent the whole.
The purpose of the Pioneers of Alaska is “to preserve the names of all Alaska’s pioneers on its rolls; to collect and preserve the literature and incidents of Alaska’s history; and to promote the best interests of Alaska.”
The Pioneers of Alaska have a rich history in Alaska’s territorial and early statehood days. They have many accomplishments that continue to make Alaska “The Great Land” that it is today. Visit our Igloo History and Membership sections to learn more about our history and requirements for membership.