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Cline lauded for heritage advocacy
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Seattle City Archivist Scott Cline with AKCHO Awards chair Pat Filer

Scott Cline, Seattle’s City Archivist since that department’s creation in 1985, was honored with the 2015 Charles Payton Award for Heritage Advocacy at  AKCHO’s Annual Awards program on April 28. Thanks to Cline’s 30 years of diligent work, and the efforts of his staff, the Seattle Municipal Archives is recognized nationally for its work in making city records available online and through social media such as Flickr and YouTube. His successful advocacy on behalf of local government records has led to Seattle becoming a national model for municipal and county archives. (more…)


Stipends for WaMA conference
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First come, first served

Registration is now open for the 2015 Washington Museum Association Conference, which will be held June 24-26 at the Maryhill Art Museum of Art near Goldendale. 4Culture is offering stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members planning to attend the annual statewide conference. The 2015 WaMA Conference “Treasures of Washington’s Museums: What Are Yours?” features radio journalist and author Harriet Baskas as keynote speaker; opening reception at Maryhill Winery; pre-conference workshops; awards program; annual banquet; and stimulating breakout sessions. (more…)


Stiles receives Willard Jue Memorial Award for Staff
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vickistiles-vEd. note: This is one of a series of stories celebrating each of the AKCHO Awards recipients for 2015.

Vicki Stiles has been Executive Director of the Shoreline Historical Museum since 1992. During her tenure, she has overseen the tremendous growth and professionalization of the museum’s collections, exhibits and programming, and has administered the production of several important historical publications such as the 1926 memoir of King County Superior Court Judge James T. Ronald. She has headed up over 2 million dollars’ worth of capital projects for the Museum including restoration and landmarking of the historic Ronald School, and after navigating the Museum through a serious legal conflict, in 2010-2011 she led the task of acquisition and remodeling a new site for the Museum.

Stiles has served on the Shoreline Landmarks Commission and the King County Historic Preservation Task Force. She is a past president of AKCHO and was one of the never-say-die leads in AKCHO’s most famous long-term project: “King County Collects.” She is involved throughout the community: every year she provides entertaining historical presentations to numerous organizations; she is a past board member of Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, she is currently a board member and past president of Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club, and serves on the Northwest Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee.


Shoreline – City with a Past, City with a Future
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Shoreline Historical Museum
Open now

How did “Richmond Beach” get its start? Who were the first people
to come to the area? How did this all turn into an incorporated city?
Find out the answer to these questions and more. The Shoreline Historical Museum is located at 18501 Linden Avenue North, on the northwest corner of 185th and Linden, in Shoreline. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM.


AASLH workshops coming up
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The Association of State and Local History is offering several workshops  this spring and summer. They are:
Collections Management and Practices
In this workshop, participants will learn about their institution’s responsibility toward its collection, the necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. During lively group discussions and hands-on activities, participants will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations.

  • May 14-15, 2015
  • Location: Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Haines, AK
  • $270 members/$345 nonmembers

Collections Camp: Paper
This two-day workshop concentrates on the care and conservation of paper objects in historical collections. Participants will learn the specific needs of paper objects and get hands-on experience in dealing with their care and conservation.

  • June 22-23, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Historical Society
  • Cost: $300 members/$375 nonmembers
  • $40 discount if payment received by May 18



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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