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NARA tells AKCHO – ‘what I did on my summer vacation’
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NARA Seattle director Susan Karren tours AKCHO members through the Alaska Archives that are stored onsite at NARA Seattle

In April of 2014, Susan Karren, director of the National Archives at Seattle, was given 24 hours notice that an announcement was going to be coming out of Washington D.C. that the National Archives in Anchorage were going to be transferred to Seattle in a cost-cutting move. Over the course of the next few months, and amidst the fervor of proud Alaskans loudly lamenting the move, Karren and her staff worked with the Archives staff in Alaska to determine the proper handling of some 23,000 cubic feet of records.

Some items (such as territorial court records and Alaska Railroad records) would stay in Alaska, and needed to be handed over to several different approved sites in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. The decision was made to ship by sea rather than overland, because it was faster and cheaper, so the rest of the Archives needed to be made move-ready before the end of summer, in order to avoid Alaska’s notoriously stormy winter seas. (more…)


AKCHO’s October meeting to be hosted by Eastside Heritage Center

IMG-wintershouseDate: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 10 AM – noon 
Hosted by: Eastside Heritage Center
Meeting at Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way SE, Bellevue
Phone: 425-450-1049

Program: How-tos for Hands-on History

Have you ever made a time capsule using a traditional canning machine? You’ll have the chance to do so at AKCHO’s October membership meeting, when the Eastside Heritage Center presents a program titled “Engaging the Community through Hands-on History.” (more…)


Basics of historical research workshop
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Puget Sound Regional Archives
Date: 10/24/2015

October is Archives month, and you are invited to attend a free workshop. The Basics of Historical Research is for teachers, students, beginning genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past. You’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History Day, a classroom based assessment (CBA), or personal historical interest. (more…)


Digital forensics workshop
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Seattle Area Archivists
Date: 10/12-13/2015, 9 AM-5 PM both days

Are you starting to receive disks as parts of collections or have you discovered disks in boxes of paper records? Caring for the records stored on removable storage media (e.g. floppy disks, hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, CDs) requires archivists to extract whatever useful information resides on the medium, while avoiding the accidental alteration of data or metadata. (more…)


Historic preservation achievements celebrated at Spellman Awards
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Recipients of the 2015 John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation were honored on September 24 at the North Bend Theatre in North Bend. The Awards are named in honor of Governor John D. Spellman (King County Executive 1969-1980) who established the County’s Historic Preservation Program 35 years ago.

The 1941 Art Moderne-style North Bend Theatre was a fitting venue for King County’s annual preservation awards ceremony this year. The building received a Spellman Award for rehabilitation in 1999, and current owners Cindy and Jim Walker have recently made significant repairs and upgrades to keep this cherished community landmark in operation, showing first run films at small town prices. (more…)



Heritage Advisor is published 10 times a year by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. 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 $15. Organization memberships are $35. Join more than 150 individuals and organizations supporting heritage work and historic preservation in King County. For more information and an application form, visit




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AKCHO was established to encourage cooperation among historical organizations and to 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 to support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

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