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Ask an Archivist – guidelines for reappraisal and deaccessioning

by Elizabeth Stiles Knight

Do you have items or materials in your collection that do not support your mission, are out-of-scope for your collecting policy, or that you simply do not have room for? It might be time to reappraise your collection and identify what might be deaccessioned. Having an up-to-date collection development policy (described in my previous column) that supports your organization’s mission is an important first step. After having a clear idea of your institutions existing holdings and goals, the reappraisal and deaccessioning process can be undertaken. (more…)


Museum manager opening – Southwest Seattle Historical Society
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Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Application deadline: 4/22/2015, 5 PM

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, the heritage organization for the Duwamish peninsula since 1984, seeks a Museum Manager for its “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum.

The Museum Manager works 24 hours/week and reports to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include: (more…)


Accessioning and deaccessioning – how to plan and prune your collection
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Date: 4/27/2015, 1-4 PM

4Culture is sponsoring a free workshop on accessioning and deaccessioning aimed at giving museums and historical societies the tools to approach collections management successfully, and create policies and procedures that will keep your organization from becoming overwhelmed. The workshop will be led by Hillary Pittenger, Curator of Collections at the White River Valley Museum, which is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn. The workshop is highly recommended for StEPs 4Culture participants and those who will be applying for the 2015 Heritage Collections Care program. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required – e-mail


AKCHO Annual Awards Program honors efforts throughout county
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AKCHO Board Legacy Award honoree Dorothy Cordova; photo credit Madeline Crowley

The AKCHO Board of Trustees is pleased to announce its list of 2015 AKCHO Award recipients. The following will be honored at AKCHO’s Annual Awards Program on Tuesday, April 28, at the Museum of History & Industry. The honorees are:

  • AKCHO Board Legacy Award – Dorothy Cordova
  • Charles Payton Award for Heritage Advocacy – Scott Cline
  • Education Award – Klondike Gold Rush Museum and UW Museology Graduate Program for their exhibit, Community of Courage – A Japanese American Story 
  • Exhibit Award – Wing Luke Museum for Do You Know Bruce?
  • Long Term Project Award – Karen Meador for Military Road: A Lasting Legacy
  • Single Impact Event Award – Southwest Seattle Historical Society for restoration of the Admiral Way Totem Pole
  • Technology – Burke Museum for Waterlines
  • Virginia Marie Folkins Award – Fred Poyner IV for The First Sculptor of Seattle
  • Willard Jue Memorial Award/Staff – Victoria Stiles, Shoreline Historical Museum
  • Willard Jue Memorial Award/Volunteer – Rick Sever
  • Youth Award – Museum of History & Industry for the MOHAI Youth Advisors Program

The general public and especially AKCHO members are invited to attend this event. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Doors open at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7:15 PM. Admission is free, but please RSVP by April 20 to or call Sarah Frederick at 425-450-1049. This program was made possible hanks to the generous sponsorship of 4Culture; Historical Research Associates, Inc.; the Museum of History & Industry; and the Northwest Railway Museum.



AKCHO meets in Woodinville – discusses conservation best practices
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Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas (second from left) with members of the Woodinville Heritage Society, hosts of our March 2015 AKCHO meeting

Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas was on hand to greet AKCHO members at AKCHO’s March 21 meeting, which was hosted by the Woodinville Heritage Society at the Sammamish Valley Grange.

The meeting featured a talk by conservation expert Linda Roundhill, who specializes in three-dimensional objects – “from refrigerator magnets to mummies.” Roundhill discussed the importance of distinguishing between organic and inorganic objects, because they have different qualities which are subject to different vulnerabilities.

In an information-packed Powerpoint presentation on “The Ten Agents of Deterioration,” Roundhill discussed each of the following agents at length, and the best ways to prevent them: (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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