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AKCHO membership meetings in the second half of 2017

We’re sorry to report that AKCHO’s June membership meeting, initially scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, has bumped up against a scheduling conflict, so  that meeting is being moved to September instead.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

There will be no meetings over the summer, but we will resume with the slate of meetings listed below: 

  • September 26, 10 AM: Ballard Locks – Lessons learned in planning the Lake Washington Ship Canal Centennial
  • October 31: TBD (Your ideas are welcome! Please contact Programs Chair Miguel Llanos if you’d like to suggest a topic or venue for October.)
  • November 28, 10 AM: The Center for Wooden Boats – Debut of the Dick and Colleen Wagner Education Center

On another note, the AKCHO Board has decided to discontinue mailing out monthly meeting reminders via the USPS. We will, however, continue to send monthly meeting reminders via e-mail. Please note: If you are unable to receive communications via an e-mail address, please notify us – and we will cheerfully make other arrangements to ensure that you hear about our meetings in a timely manner – contact Barbara at 206-878-6912 or





Train shed exhibit building now open for walk up visits
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Northwest Railway Museum
Now through 8/31 

For the first time, the Northwest Railway Museum’s Train Shed Exhibit Building is now open for walk up visits on Thursday – Sunday throughout the Summer of 2017. Now you can explore exhibits and rolling stock at your own pace in this 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes artifacts small and large, including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit, the Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace, and much more.

Admission is $10/person (ages 2 & older), under 2 = no cost. Open days are Thursday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. Entry may not be available during Day Out With Thomas July 14-16 & July 21-23- check first by calling 425-888-3030. You can park at 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie.


Life on the Cut
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Crane barge passing through the Chittenden Locks, 1975 – photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives

Seattle Municipal Archives

This new online exhibit features a collection of field survey property photographs containing color slides of homes and businesses located in neighborhoods along the Lake Washington Ship Canal (LWSC). The development of these neighborhoods was spurred by transportation and trade activities made possible by the LWSC project. Taken between the years 1974-1980, the photos feature examples of maritime activity that took place during the mid-to-late 1970s along Salmon Bay, the Fremont Cut, Lake Union and the Montlake Cut. 

Highlights include snapshots of Old Ballard, Foss Maritime, the celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard, the Maritime Shipyards, and Gas Works Park.

Funded by a heritage grant from 4Culture, this exhibit is part of “Making the Cut,” a region-wide consortium of institutions participating in the 2017 centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.




The Mills of Salmon Bay
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Detail of photograph of Sobey Manufacturing Shingle Mill, 1915 – photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives.

King County Courthouse/King County Administration Building
Now through 7/2017

Created to commemorate the Lake Washington Ship Canal Centennial, a new exhibit produced by the King County Archives in collaboration with Seattle Municipal Archives presents a history of the sawmills and shingle mills in the Ballard neighborhood that were affected by the canal. Featured are maps, drawings, and photos created by the City of Seattle and King County for the canal project.

The exhibit is on display now through July 2017 in the underground pedestrian tunnel between the King County Courthouse and the King County Administration Building. It can be accessed at 516 Third Avenue or 500 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle. Hours are Monday through Friday, 830 AM – 4:30 PM. The exhibit is part of Making the Cut, a series of exhibits, projects, and events from local organizations and individuals commemorating the centennial of the canal’s opening.


Local film on black barnstorming in early baseball to benefit Admiral Theater mural restoration
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Negro Leagues legend Buck O’Neil

Restoration of the art-deco underwater murals of the Historic Admiral Theater will get a boost this summer with the one-night screening of a documentary that showcases a West Seattle student project to salute the black baseball barnstorming phenomenon of the early 20th century.

“Legends of the Road,” a feature-length, student-produced documentary, will be screened at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Historic Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave SW, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (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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