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Save the date: January 26 is AKCHO’s annual meeting
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AKCHO members and friends are cordially invited to AKCHO’s 2016 annual meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 10 AM – 1 PM, at the Museum of Flight. The program includes a brief business meeting, luncheon and a special presentation by Brian J. Carter, Director of Interpretation at the Burke Museum, who will be talking about the Community Ambassador Project.

Watch for your invitation in the mail in early January or visit our website and sign up right now via PayPal. Cost for the event is $30. Deadline to register is January 15.


Ask an Archivist: preserving and sharing family letters

Photo credit - Alexey Kuznetsov, Dreamstime

Photo credit – Alexey Kuznetsov, Dreamstime

What preservation issues, problems, or questions do you have? Submit them to the Heritage Advisor’s Ask an Archivist column and get answers! 

Q: I have inherited the World War I era correspondence of my grandparents. With the centennial of that war coming up, I wanted to have a way to show the letters to the younger generations in my family. What’s the best way to do this while protecting the letters?

A: What a treasure you have. Here are the steps you can take to preserve the original letters and make them accessible. (more…)


What does history sound like? AKCHO members learn at Jack Straw
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Jack StrawJack Straw Cultural Center hosted November’s AKCHO membership meeting with a sonic presentation of treasures from the Jack Straw archives. In 1962, a group of artists, educators and journalists formed the Jack Straw Foundation in order to start KRAB-FM, one of the first non-commercial radio stations in the country. Since then, the Foundation and more recently the Cultural Center have served as a community-based resource for audio media and the sonic arts. (more…)


Accessible museum exhibits online workshop
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U.S. Access Board and ADA National Network
Date: 12/3/2015, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

The U.S. Access Board in collaboration with the ADA National Network is pleased to offer the free, upcoming monthly AccessibilityOnline program focused on “Accessible Museum Exhibits.”


Building for Culture – signed, sealed, delivered
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Georgetown Steam Plant interior - photo credit Francis Zera

Georgetown Steam Plant interior – photo credit Francis Zera

King County Executive Dow Constantine has signed legislation to enact “Building for Culture,” the largest one-time investment King County has made to build new cultural facilities, as well as expand, preserve, and improve existing ones. More than 100 cultural organizations in King County will share $28.4 million in capital improvement grants financed by bonds backed by a portion of the County’s hotel/motel tax revenues.

Constantine noted that this is an opportunity to leverage lodging taxes paid by visitors and reinvest them in the bricks and mortar of museums, heritage sites, and other cultural venues. (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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P.O. Box 3257
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