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Ask an Archivist – orphan works

by Elizabeth S. Knight

The Society of American Archivists provides standards and best practices that are useful for all types of cultural heritage organizations including archives, historical societies and museums. This column is the second in a series which will summarize these standards and best practices. All persons involved in the management and operation of a cultural heritage organization should be aware of these guidelines and implement them at every opportunity. This can be acccomplished by including these guidelines in policies and training materials, providing training sessions on applying standards and best practices to existing procedures, and by demonstrating best practices daily. (more…)


Museum advocacy day in the nation’s capital
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The American Alliance of Museums is extending its registration deadline for national Museums Advocacy Day through January 26. In a special memo sent out on Friday, January 24, the AAM noted that there are still no registrations from the State of Washington for this year’s Advocacy Day, which falls on February 24. Pointing out that it is important to take a unified message to Capitol Hill about the importance of museums, the AAM urged museum advocates in our state to find a representative (or several) to visit the nation’s Capitol that day and take place in activities planned by the AAM. (more…)


WSHS calls for annual awards nominations
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Washington State Historical Society 
Deadline: 2/2/2015

The Washington State Historical Society invites nominations for its annual awards recognizing excellence in advancing the field of history in the state of Washington through writing, teaching, historic projects, and understanding cultural diversity in 2014. See the list of awards below. (more…)


IMLS hosts Heritage Health collections care survey
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The Heritage Health Information survey, a study sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and conducted by Heritage Preservation, will provide a comprehensive picture of the condition and preservation needs of this country’s collections. This federal survey is an important opportunity for archives, museums, libraries, historical societies, and scientific research organizations in the United States to document their collections care efforts. (more…)


History Day funding on Legislature’s chopping block?
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With the Washington State Legislature facing the difficult task of devising a balanced budget for the coming biennium, the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS), sponsor of this state’s National History Day program, has been asked to identify the line items it would cut to reduce its 2015-2017 budgets by 15%.  WSHS has identified closure of the State Capital Museum and Outreach Center in Olympia and cancellation of support for all the programs housed there as part of that 15%.  One of those programs is History Day, which has an annual impact on over 6,000 students statewide.  (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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