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RevitalizeWA, the annual Preservation & Main Street Conference, will be held in Bellingham this year. Conference sessions and events will be held at the historic Mount Baker Theatre and the Rock & Rye Oysterhouse. There will be locally sourced food, coffee, and libations; downtown tours; and a variety of hotel and local transportation options. Submissions for session proposals are due Monday, March 2. To download a submission form, click here


JCCCW shares projects with AKCHO members
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AKCHO members were treated to a tour of the historic Japanese Language School and a handsome new onsite garden when they were hosted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington on February 24.

JCCCW executive director Karen Yoshitomi shared the history of the language school, and told AKCHO members about the “Unsettled – Resettled” project currently underway. With funding from the National Park Service, the JCCCW is collecting stories and artifacts that recall the property at 1414 S Weller, Seattle, in the period from 1945 to 1959. That’s when the language school was converted into the “Hunt Hostel” under the leadership of community leader Genji Mihara. After World War II, Japanese and Japanese Americans returning from the Minidoka incarceration camp in Hunt, Idaho, were given shelter here as they tried to rebuild their lives.

Other projects currently underway at the JCCCW include identifying and organizing artifacts in the collections, including a collection of over 200 records from the early 1900s up to 1939. The records of Japanese songs were pressed locally at the Chihara Jewelry & Furniture store. Yoshitomi said that once the collection is catalogued, they hope to create an online repository of the recordings.

Yoshitomi and curator Stephanie Ikeda gave a tour of the facilities that included artifacts such as mortars and mallets for mochi pounding, historic photographs, and displays from past exhibits on topics from food to baseball. They also showed AKCHO members the packed-to-the-rafters Hosekibako Japanese resale shop and told about plans to expand the store, which has merchandise including vintage dolls, ornate kimonos, and antique tea and sake sets.


March AKCHO membership meeting

Please note new date and time!
Date: Saturday, March 21, 10 AM – noon
Host: Woodinville Heritage Society
Meeting venue: Sammamish Valley Grange Hall
Address: 14654 148th Avenue NE, Woodinville
Phone: 425-402-0750

Program: “Caring for Your Treasures”
This program aligns with StEPs Program Standards for Stewardship of Collections and is endorsed by StEPs 4Culture. Linda Roundhill of Art and Antiquities Conservation in Woodinville will be our speaker. (more…)


Thomas the Tank Engine tickets on sale
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Tickets for the popular Thomas the Tank Engine rides will go on sale at the Northwest Railway Museum on March 2.  This fun-filled event will be in Snoqualmie on July 10-12 and July 18-19. It offers families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. The tour, now in its 20th year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2015. (more…)


Ask an Archivist – collection development policy elements

by Elizabeth S. Knight

This column is the third in a series which summarizes the standards and best practices used by cultural heritage organizations large and small to ensure responsible stewardship of collections. All persons involved in the management and operation of a cultural heritage organization should be aware of these guidelines and implement them at every opportunity. This can be accomplished by including these guidelines in policies and training materials, providing training sessions on applying standards and best practices to existing procedures, and by demonstrating best practices daily. (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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