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Generating Genealogy- Introduction to Genealogy Workshop
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Renton History Museum
Date: 9/30/2017, 11 AM – Noon

Learn more about conducting genealogical research with the Museum’s own Curator, Sarah Samson. Learn the basics about starting a research project and the type of materials available to you at the Renton History Museum. The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. Admission: $5/adults, $2/students and children.


4Culture call for board members
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Application deadline: 9/12/2017

4Culture, the cultural services agency of King County, seeks nominations for two open positions on the 4Culture Board of Directors. Candidates must be King County residents living outside of Seattle, specifically King County Council Districts 1 and 3 (northeast King County), and who are interested in public service. Applicants must have knowledge of and interest in the areas of arts, heritage, preservation, or public art. Residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. (more…)


AKCHO membership meeting – Lessons Learned from ‘Making the Cut’ Centennial Commemoration

Host: Making the Cut
Location: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center, 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-783-7059

Few if any engineering projects in King County have had as big an impact as the lowering of Lake Washington when the US Army Corps of Engineers built the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. That was 100 years ago, and groups across King County, with financial support from 4Culture, have teamed up to mark the centennial with exhibits and events under the umbrella “Making the Cut.” 

Pulling all that together was no easy feat and a story in itself. Mikala Woodward and Susan Connole, who were the first to brainstorm a centennial, will talk about lessons learned and share some of the content that came out of the creative process, including Mikala’s video literally tracing (with chalk!) where Lake Washington was lowered from Genesee Park to Seward Park. Colleen Wagner of the Center for Wooden Boats will talk about the newly displayed model of the SS Roosevelt, the steamship that helped inaugurate the locks on July 4, 1917. (more…)


Digital Directions Conference – Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
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Northeast Document Conservation Center
Dates: 8/21-23/2017

Whether you are just getting started on a digitization project, need a refresher on updated best practices, or are developing an action plan to help make the case for a digitization project with your administration, this unique program will give you the big picture. Here is the agenda for the Digital Directions conference:

Please register by August 10. The Digital Directions conference is geared toward practitioners at libraries, archives, museums, historical organizations, town and city clerks and other government agencies, tribal libraries and archives, corporate archives and libraries, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Our participants come from across the US, Canada, and internationally. Students and independent professionals welcome. Make long-lasting connections with colleagues who share your challenges.

The Conference venue is the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, located at 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, in downtown Seattle. The first day of the Conference is also the day of the solar eclipse. (Seattle will will experience a 92% eclipse.) Expect a special eclipse activity during the morning break!

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Smith Brothers Farms, a Kent Legacy
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Kent Historical Museum

Smith Brothers Farms is a Kent-based, family-owned and operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. One of the largest independent dairies in the region, the company processes and delivers milk and other dairy products to more than 50,000 homes every week. The exhibit includes artifacts from doing nine decades of business – everything from business ledgers, milk crates, milk bottles, uniforms, photographs, and a framed Milkman Creed! 

The museum, 855 E Smith Street in Kent, has extended hours for summer – 10 AM – 4 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

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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