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Indigenous Stewardship of the Salish Sea
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Seattle Public Library
Now through 8/30/2018

Northwest Washington’s tribal communities have long recognized the importance of water and water-based resources in sustaining life in this region. Come explore how the sea and the rivers, and the wealth of resources in them -the salmon, whales, tule, and shellfish – are important to the region’s tribes and the work they are doing to protect those resources for future generations. Curated by Shannon Kopelva and Jennifer Ott.

This exhibit is located in the Level 8 Gallery of Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle.


AKCHO board gains another member
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Renton History Museum’s Kim Owens joins the AKCHO Board

AKCHO’s board of directors has been filling out with new members. Kim Owens, public engagement coordinator at the Renton History Museum, is the latest to be added to the roster. She joins Alicia Barnes (Puget Sound Maritime), Josh Gannis (Eastside Heritage Center), Mathew Martin (Kenmore Heritage Society), Hillary Pittenger (White River Valley Museum), and Judie Romeo (The Center for Wooden Boats) as general board members, along with AKCHO officers Alice Stenstrom (president), Alice Winship (past president), Sarah Frederick (secretary) and Virginia Wright (treasurer).

The next board meeting will be held on Monday, July 16, 9:30 AM at Puget Sound Regional Archives on the Bellevue College campus.



Wham! Bam! Pow!
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Sikh Captain America explores the Seattle Central Library -photo credit Simon Kidde

Wing Luke Museum
Now through 2/24/2019

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began drawing cartoons in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks: as a Sikh American with a turban and beard, he had become the target of a toxic mix of fear, anxiety and ignorance. Vishavjit set out to challenge the label of the ‘other’ placed upon him (and many others of Sikh, South Asian, Muslim, and/or Middle Eastern extraction) by illustrating stories capturing the joys and predicaments of Sikh American life. His simple imagery and gentle humor often come with an edge that pierces stereotypes, prompts self-reflection, and promotes action.

In 2012, horrified by the deadly attack on a Sikh Gurudwara (house of worship) in Wisconsin, Vishavjit decided the world needed a superhero who fights bigotry and hate in our midst. Wham! Bam! Pow! follows Vishavjit’s journey as he explores America’s inspiring, contradictory values and discovers the heroic power of compassion.



Fired Up – Neighborhood Fire Stations on the Duwamish Peninsula
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Captain Sanislo, Station 32

Log House Museum
Now through 8/31/2018

Neighborhoods and fire stations grow up together. The relationship of a neighborhood to the fire station that protects it is one of trust, respect, and appreciation. To know that help will arrive quickly in the event of a fire or an injury is reassuring and gives comfort. This exhibit examines the history of West Seattle’s five fire stations, with a look also at some of West Seattle’s more impressive fires, from Luna Park to the Fauntleroy Thriftway store. 

The Log House Museum is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW in West Seattle, and is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon-4 PM. Admission is free (suggested donation $3 adults, $1 kids).


How to mine history with hikes
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AKCHO President Alice Stenstrom opens the AKCHO membership meeting at the Issaquah Depot.

The Issaquah History Museums, one of the historical organizations that had received recognition earlier this year at the 2018 AKCHO Awards Program for its mining history hikes, hosted the June AKCHO membership meeting at its restored Issaquah Depot facility.

Doug Bristol, a docent at the IHM since 2012, regaled nearly 20 AKCHO members with stories from Issaquah’s mining history before leading the group on a short tour to the entrance of a Squak Mountain mine. 

Bristol noted that the “Issaquah Alps” range is 50 million years old – older than the Cascade Mountains by several million years. This cluster of foothills (comprised of Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain, Tiger Mountain, Taylor Mountain, Rattlesnake Ridge and Rattlesnake Mountain) is one of only two east-west trending mountain ranges on the West Coast – the other is the Siskiyous.  (more…)



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AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!




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