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Making the Cut songwriting contest
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Maritime Folknet
Deadline: 1/9/2017

To celebrate the centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks, songwriters from all musical genres are encouraged to enter a song contest. The top 15 songs will be recorded at Jack Straw Cultural Center, thanks to a grant from 4Culture. The contest is organized by Maritime Folknet, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the performance and enjoyment of music that reflects our maritime past and present. (more…)


PNRA fast-tracks its plans with professional help
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PNRA executive director demonstrates how to access the Archives online

PNRA executive director Gary Tarbox demonstrates how to access the Archives online. (Some of the Archive’s sizable collections of railroad lanterns can be seen on display in the background.)

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive executive director Gary Tarbox says that PNRA has established the internet as its virtual front door — but on Tuesday, October 25, he and other members of the affiliated Railroad History Organizations (RHOs) that comprise the Archive opened the physical door to the Burien building that houses their collections and welcomed AKCHO members inside.

Tarbox gave an overview of the PNRA, which consists of five RHOs: (more…)


Workshop – We Are History Keepers
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Ethnic Heritage Council with UW Libraries Distinctive Collections
Date: 11/5/2016, 9 AM – 3:30 PM

University of Washington Libraries archivists and librarians specializing in the history of indigenous and immigrant populations of the Pacific Northwest will guide participants on preserving the cultural and historical record of your ethnic community. They will offer continuing assistance on research, recordkeeping and promotion of your collections and explain how the UW archives might serve as a repository for your valued documents.  (more…)


Iconic Wilburton Trestle to become part of trail system
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wilburton_elevated_view-1King County has assembled significant funds needed to transform the historic Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue into a stunning elevated trail that can be enjoyed by commuters, cyclists, runners and pedestrians.

The century-old trestle – the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest – is expected to be one of the most popular segments of the emerging Eastside Rail Corridor, a 16-mile uninterrupted trail that will stretch from Renton to Woodinville, through Bellevue with a spur to Redmond. (more…)


Renton hosts 2016 Spellman Awards
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cortona-buildingThe 1954 F.W. Woolworth Company Store in downtown Renton, recently rehabilitated and renamed the Cortona Building, was the site of the 16th Annual John D. Spellman Awards on October 13. Celebrating ahievement in historic preservation throughout King County, this year the Awards singled out the Cortona Building, an example of the International architectural style with sleek lines and rectilinear forms, for recognition. Owners Monica and Dave Brethauer were lauded for their work in restoring the facade, listing the building on the National Register of Historic Places, and rehabilitating the space once occupied by a national retailer into spaces for local retailers.

In the same vein, the 2016 Spellman Award for Downtown Revitalization went to the Storefront Studio program fostered by the University of Washington’s Department of Architecture. Storefront Studio comes to local communities to offer students a teaching laboratory for community-based architecture, urban design and preservation, while also allowing significant input from local business owners and residents to help influence the design proposals. One of the outcomes of the program is bringing visible economic vitality back to the historic Main Streets of existing communities. (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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