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Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name

David Buerge
Sasquatch – 352 pp – $12.99

A biography of Seattle’s Native American namesake, a one-time war leader who changed his tactics and  negotiated the transformation of his world in an effort to ensure the well-being of his people while helping the first white settlers to survive. Buerge reports on a half-century of flux, turmoil, and violence, as a long-established Native American society in Puget Sound is confronted with white settlers who view the land as theirs for the taking.

David Buerge is a teacher, historian and writer. He has been conducting research for this book since the 1970s.


AKCHO board report – November 2017
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Illness and professional commitments elsewhere left the AKCHO board meeting without a quorum at its November meeting, so those present were unable to take action on some pending issues. However, board members in attendance did talk over plans for the annual membership meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, January 30, at the Museum of Flight, and preliminary thoughts concerning the AKCHO Awards for next year. They also discussed the November 16 WESTPAS preparedness workshop which AKCHO co-sponsored, and the idea of providing similar promotional support in 2018 for a possible images collection care workshop led by UW Special Collections Visual Materials Curator Nicolette Bromberg.

Other items on the agenda included membership renewals and the 2018 increase in membership dues, the search for new board members, and plans for updating AKCHO’s current website.

Also, the board was pleased to welcome Ivy Freitag, Preservation Planner for the King County Historic Preservation Program, who reported on current landmark designation efforts throughout the County. 


Seattle on the Spot
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Jitterbug Couple, 1944. MOHAI, Al Smith Collection.

Museum of History & Industry
Now through 6/17/2018

Al Smith’s photography chronicled Seattle’s vibrant Central District neighborhood and the city’s African American community with great warmth and intimacy. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith honors 65 years of Smith’s brilliantly expressive documentary photography and celebrates the neighborhood and people who inspired him. Take a look at Seattle through this distinctive lens. (more…)


Curtis150/Beyond the Frame to launch in 2018
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Autographed portrait of Edward S. Curtis sent to Harriet Leitch in 1951 – now a part of the Seattle Public Library’s Balch Autograph Collection – Courtesy of The Seattle Public Library spl_esc_030

After several years of planning, outreach, and soul-searching dialogue, an ambitious slate of activities commemorating the life and work of photographer Edward S. Curtis has been scheduled throughout 2018, which marks the sesquicentennial of the Seattle-based photographer’s birth. 

But thanks to accumulating hindsight and the willingness of everyone involved to engage in a frank exploration of Curtis’s legacy, this collaborative effort has expanded to include not just Curtis’s portraits of Native Americans, whom he considered to be members of a vanishing race. It will also embrace responses by present-day Native American artists and writers who are irrefutable proof that Curtis’s dire predictions did not come to pass.

The overall endeavor, which will involve museums and other cultural institutions throughout the Puget Sound region, has been branded “Curtis150/Beyond the Frame” with the guidance of Pyramid Communications.

Among the Curtis150/Beyond the Frame programs and exhibits around the region next year, there will be: (more…)


It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
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Photo courtesy of MOHAI, circa 1900

Museum of History & Industry
Now through 5/31/2018

Cats and dogs are a familiar presence in Seattle. It’s no wonder that they officially outnumber human children in our city. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs brings together rarely seen objects and images from MOHAI’s collection taking a closer look at Puget Sound history through the stories of cats and dogs. Guaranteed fun for animal lovers of all ages–this exhibit shows the importance of these animals throughout history. (more…)



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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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