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KC Archives has new search site
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The King County Archives announces the release of its new collection search site:  From work, home, library, or via mobile device, now anyone can research the Archives’ collection, with over 200,000 records in the database.  Users can bookmark items of interest and use the site to request a research appointment. The Archives is also in the early stages of making some of its rich photographic collection directly available through the site. At present, more than 1,000 scanned historical photographs are available for download, with many more on the way. (more…)


Ask an Archivist – When to wear white gloves

whiteglovesby Elizabeth Stiles Knight

White gloves are the quintessential symbol of an archive. Their use, however, has been called into question and much debated in recent years. Current concensus is that they hinder more than help when handling most materials. The ubiquitous use of them in archives is no longer general practice. (more…)


Stim Bullitt Civic Courage scholarship
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Seattle Public Library Foundation
Deadline: 3/15/2016

High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate in the Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship competition.

The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk. (more…)


Deadline for AKCHO Award nominations is coming up
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Although the AKCHO Awards program has not yet been scheduled for 2016, Awards Committee Chair Pat Filer and her trustee group of volunteers are accepting nominations for the next round of AKCHO Awards up until noon on Sunday, February 14. Please contact Pat via e-mail or text her at 206-617-5218 if you have questions, and try not to wait until the last minute! You can find the nomination form on AKCHO’s website. 



February membership meeting – Seattle Public Library

SeattleCentralLibraryDate: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 10 AM – noon

Hosted by Seattle Public Library/Downtown Seattle
1000 Fourth Avenue
Level 4; Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1
Phone: 206-615-1627

Program: Seattle Public Library Wants Input on Preserving History

Help shape what and how The Seattle Public Library collects when it comes to local history by joining a “Community Conversation” with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at the Central Library. AKCHO is co-sponsoring this event, which will include a tour of SPL’s special collections led by librarian Jodee Fenton. (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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AKCHO was established to encourage cooperation among historical organizations and to 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 to support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

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