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747 restoration underway at Museum of Flight

MoF-747Restoration and painting of the exterior of the Boeing 747 prototype at The Museum of Flight is underway. Technicians arrived this month to begin returning the Jumbo Jet to the glamorous, gleaming livery worn on its maiden flight in 1969. The Museum began renewing the interior of the plane in 2013. Decades of outdoor service and display have left their marks on the Boeing jet, but the Museum plans on those being history by summer’s end. The aircraft will remain on exhibit in the Museum Airpark during the painting process.



Full-time bookkeeper needed
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Historic Seattle
Application deadline: 8/8/2014

Historic Seattle is looking to fill a full-time bookkeeping position, 40 hours per week, non-exempt. The bookkeeper will be responsible for verifying and entering into the financial records the details of the organization’s financial transactions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and standard monthly general journal entries.  In addition, the bookkeeper is responsible for reconciliation of general ledger accounts to sub-ledger detail, and reconciliation of bank accounts.  The bookkeeper will close the books monthly and provide monthly management reporting to staff.  In addition, the bookkeeper will assist the Contract CFO with annual budgeting and annual audit preparation.  This is a full-charge bookkeeper position.  The organization includes three discrete entities, including one limited liability company.  



Issaquah trolley ridership soars
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IssaquahTrolleyThe Issaquah Valley Trolley is well into its first full season of operation and nearly 1,200 visitors have stepped aboard since the service opened on May 17. The 519 car operates Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM – 3 PM. Boarding is at the Issaquah Depot, 78 First Avenue NE.

In addition to the ride, the $5 fare includes admission to both the historic Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children ages five years and younger and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free.
 No self-respecting streetcar would be without an array of advertisements on display above the seats, and the 519 is no exception. The advertising of local businesses helps to support this new program. To advertise on the trolley, contact Michael Johnson at
The trolley is staffed by a group of volunteers who have a lot of fun while keeping the operation running smoothly. More volunteers are always needed; especially those who can help maintain the trolley car and the generator car. If you ever wanted to learn about the workings of a 1925 vintage streetcar, here’s your chance. If however, your interest is in becoming a motorman, conductor or station agent, IVT needs you too.
To volunteer or learn more about volunteer opportunities with the trolley, contact Jean Cerar at


Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway
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From the 1960s through the 1980s, sixth-graders in the Highline School District and other local school districts came home from their week at Camp Waskowitz, a former CCC camp turned outdoor education facility, with a fir seedling to plant in their yards as a reminder of lessons about forestry and conservation. Many of those trees still dot the local landscape and have become a significant part of our local urban forest.

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Waskowitz Foundation president Kent Horton and Waskowitz Program director Roberta McFarland

 Now the Highline Historical Society and the Waskowitz Foundation are teaming up to co-sponsor a contest to identify the biggest Waskowitz tree still growing in our area. If you know of a Waskowitz tree and would like to enter the contest, you’ll find an entry form at The form includes space for you to tell the story of this tree and how it has grown. Contest entry fee is $5. Submission deadline is September 1, 2014.

The business sponsor of this contest is Emerald Tree Service, and students in the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences will do the final judging. The owner of the winning tree and the student or family who planted the tree each will receive a plaque to commemorate this achievement, along with the bragging rights this honor brings.


Trying Home

Trying HomeTrying Home – Justin Wadland
OSU Press – 192 pp – $19.95

The true story of an anarchist colony on a remote Puget Sound peninsula, Trying Home traces the history of Home, Washington, from its founding in 1896 to its dissolution amid bitter infighting in 1921. Wadland is a librarian at UW Tacoma.



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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