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Klondike Gold Rush takes part in Every Kid In A Park Initiative
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Klondike-Every Kid in a ParkKlondike Gold Rush National Historical Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park initiative. Fourth grade students across the country can visit to complete an activity and earn a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. (more…)


State Library requests your publications
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The Washington State Library is a branch of the Secretary of State’s office that collects, preserves and makes accessible to the people of the state materials on the government, history, culture, and natural resources of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. The State Library’s Pacific Northwest and Special Collections are currently doing a regional survey to identify local and regional history publications not currently in the collection so that they will be accessible to patrons across the region.

Due to budget reductions, the Library has limited funds to purchase new items, so the Library is putting out a request to local history institutions willing to donate current and/or past materials that pertain to the Pacific Northwest and that have been published by that institution or by area historians. This ranges from Native American history to community/local histories, biographies, geology, and more.

Any materials would be a simple donation to the Washington State Library. If you cannot afford to donate, the State Library is still interested in hearing about the various titles your organization offers. To make donations or to inform the Library of recent and future publications, contact Jennifer Crooks, Washington State Library volunteer. (more…)


Great benefit this month for current AKCHO members
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When the American Association for State and Local History convenes in Louisville, Kentucky, later this month for its annual conference, AKCHO is pleased to offer its members in good standing free online access to six of the AASLH conference’s hot-topic sessions. If you are interested in participating in any of the sessions listed below, contact Barbara McMichael at to confirm your AKCHO membership status and receive log-in information.

The sessions include: (more…)


Public engagement coordinator position – Renton History Museum
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Renton Historical Society
Open until filled

The Renton Historical Society, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Public Engagement Coordinator for the Renton History Museum, Renton’s only museum. Under the direction of the Museum Director, the Public Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the museum’s interpretive and educational experience for our diverse visitors. The duties of this position fall under two categories– volunteer programs and public programming. (more…)


New logs for the Alki Homestead
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AlkiHomestead2Alki Homestead owner Dennis Schilling and his crew worked on Friday, August 21, to unload a delivery of new logs from Kalama, Washington, that will replace rotted logs in the historic building. The West Seattle landmark, built in 1904, suffered a devastating fire in early 2009. Replacement of the logs at the southeast corner of the building was given administrative approval by city landmarks staff in January 2015. Restoration work on the log structure began this spring and will continue through the summer and beyond. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has posted a video of the log delivery on its website.



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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