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Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I

Becker_LFBMcoverby Paula Becker
University of Washington Press – 304 pp – $29.95

Betty MacDonald burst onto the American literary scene in 1945 with her memoir, The Egg and I, a tartly witty tale about operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s dauntingly wild Olympic Peninsula. Betty’s vivacity, offbeat humor, and sparklingly irreverent take on life captured a public ready to laugh again after the grim hard years of World War II. During its first year, Egg sold one copy every 22 seconds. The book was published in many languages and has never been out of print. MacDonald followed this success with the iconic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series for children, and with three additional memoirs. (more…)


Gone to Gold Mountain

Gone to Gold Mountainby Peter Ludwin
MoonPath Press – 104 pp – $15

Kent, Washington poet Peter Ludwin brings to life the little-known story of Chea Po and his fellow Chinese gold miners, massacred in 1887 by Eastern Oregon pioneers. This was an era of vehement anti-Chinese sentiment. The poems are written in the form of letters, news items, memories, and secret notes. 

In 2009, Oregon author R. Gregory Nokes wrote a nonfiction account of the massacre, Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, published by Oregon State University Press. A granite memorial to honor the Chinese victims was dedicated at Chinese Massacre Cove on June 22, 2012, the 125th anniversary of the bloodbath.


Through the Windows of History
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Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association
Now through 9/25/2016

This exhibit, curated by Mike Kirk, tells the story of Vashon School and showcases how schools played a role in unifying Vashon Island. The Museum is located at 10105 SW Bank Road, Vashon, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4 PM. Admission is free or by donation. 


Thinking Things Through: Telling your organization’s best stories

by Brandon Claycomb

People are busy. They don’t have time to learn about an organization they don’t already know, or at least they don’t think they do, which in practice amounts to the same. How will you get their attention and convince them to support your organization?

Telling stories is your best bet. People exchange stories constantly. It is literally the main way human beings interact, and the most natural way to motivate others. You just have to find the right stories to tell. (more…)


King County has new preservation planner
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Ivy FreitagIvy Freitag joins King County’s Historic Preservation Program as Preservation Planner, succeeding Charlie Sundberg, who retired earlier this year. Freitag comes to this area by way of Harford County, Maryland, where she managed the planning department’s historic and cultural resources programs.

Freitag holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and brings experience in non-profit preservation advocacy, implementation of preservation planning, design, and environmental review processes, and great enthusiasm for the important work identifying and working to protect places that matter. (more…)



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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The 2016 AKCHO Awards Program takes place on June 7 at the Northwest African American Museum. It is free and open to the general public, but please RSVP by May 28. For more information, click on this link: Awards-Invitation 2016-FINAL


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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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