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Need Storage Cabinets?

Washington State Jewish Historical Society is moving and they have 2 storage cabinets that will not be making the move to the new location.  The storage units shown here are 5’ wide, 68” height and 29” depth.   They need to be moved be December 14th.  They can go as a pair or individually.  If you’re interested, please contact Lisa Kranseler, Executive Director Washington State Jewish Historical Society at  or 206-774-2277.


“Promoting the Archive” – Greeks in Washington Project Opportunity





The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (Greeks in Washington) , is a “virtual museum” that has been in operation since 2009.  During that time an archive of over 700 items has been established which contains photographs, documents, artifacts, costumes and more. The archive is located at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  This is probably the most extensive collection of the experience of Greek immigrants and their descendants in Washington history.  There are no immediate plans to establish a physical museum, but the purpose is to increase use of or access to the collection. Most of the items in the archive have been photographed and entered into a searchable database which can be viewed under “THE COLLECTION” on the Museum home page.  While visits to the archive are available by appointment, its use has been limited.

This project will seek to accomplish the following tasks under the title of Promoting the Archiveand can serve as a thesis or “capstone” project. 

The person selected for this project will perform one or more of the following tasks and may develop additional tasks related to the purpose. Some of the tasks are “one time” events and others may be reoccurring.
Become familiar with the items in the archive
–Prepare photographs or a video of the archival space
–Prepare a brochure for Greeks in Washington to help promote the archive
–Publicize and communicate with other museums, historical or academic organizations
–Hold fellowship hours and connected “open houses” for the archive either for the Greek community, school visitations or the public
–Prepare displays using archival material for presentations either in the Assumption community center or for “traveling exhibits” in other historic, educational or museum settings

An initial stipend is available for this project and additional funds will be obtained as the project develops.  The project may begin as early as October 2018.

CONTACT:  John Nicon, 206 325 8554 or  


Wham! Bam! Pow!
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Sikh Captain America explores the Seattle Central Library -photo credit Simon Kidde

Wing Luke Museum
Now through 2/24/2019

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began drawing cartoons in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks: as a Sikh American with a turban and beard, he had become the target of a toxic mix of fear, anxiety and ignorance. Vishavjit set out to challenge the label of the ‘other’ placed upon him (and many others of Sikh, South Asian, Muslim, and/or Middle Eastern extraction) by illustrating stories capturing the joys and predicaments of Sikh American life. His simple imagery and gentle humor often come with an edge that pierces stereotypes, prompts self-reflection, and promotes action.

In 2012, horrified by the deadly attack on a Sikh Gurudwara (house of worship) in Wisconsin, Vishavjit decided the world needed a superhero who fights bigotry and hate in our midst. Wham! Bam! Pow! follows Vishavjit’s journey as he explores America’s inspiring, contradictory values and discovers the heroic power of compassion.



How to mine history with hikes
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AKCHO President Alice Stenstrom opens the AKCHO membership meeting at the Issaquah Depot.

The Issaquah History Museums, one of the historical organizations that had received recognition earlier this year at the 2018 AKCHO Awards Program for its mining history hikes, hosted the June AKCHO membership meeting at its restored Issaquah Depot facility.

Doug Bristol, a docent at the IHM since 2012, regaled nearly 20 AKCHO members with stories from Issaquah’s mining history before leading the group on a short tour to the entrance of a Squak Mountain mine. 

Bristol noted that the “Issaquah Alps” range is 50 million years old – older than the Cascade Mountains by several million years. This cluster of foothills (comprised of Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain, Tiger Mountain, Taylor Mountain, Rattlesnake Ridge and Rattlesnake Mountain) is one of only two east-west trending mountain ranges on the West Coast – the other is the Siskiyous.  (more…)


June AKCHO membership meeting

Issaquah Depot – photo courtesy of Issaquah History Museums

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by The Issaquah History Museums
78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah  98027
Phone: 425-392-3500

Program: How to Mine History with Hikes

Issaquah History Museums was one of three local groups (along with Newcastle and Black Diamond historical societies) honored this year with AKCHO’s Long-Term Project Award for their use of hiking/walking tours to share their coal mining histories. Please join AKCHO on June 26 when Issaquah’s Doug Bristol explains how their program began four years ago, and how it has evolved. His team will also show some artifacts from the mining era.

We’ll meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum, address above. After the presentation, Doug will lead a short walk to the entrance of a historic coal mine.

Driving Directions:
Coming from the Seattle area on I-90, drive to Exit 17, Front Street, and proceed south. In about a mile, turn left on Poplar Street and park in the Depot parking lot.

By Bus:
Visit King County Metro Trip Planner to find the best public transit options from your location to the Issaquah Depot Museum.




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 $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!




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