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King County has new preservation planner
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Ivy FreitagIvy Freitag joins King County’s Historic Preservation Program as Preservation Planner, succeeding Charlie Sundberg, who retired earlier this year. Freitag comes to this area by way of Harford County, Maryland, where she managed the planning department’s historic and cultural resources programs.

Freitag holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and brings experience in non-profit preservation advocacy, implementation of preservation planning, design, and environmental review processes, and great enthusiasm for the important work identifying and working to protect places that matter. (more…)


AKCHO membership benefit – online access to AASLH Conference
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The AKCHO Board is making it possible for AKCHO members in good standing to access six hot-topic sessions that will be broadcast live from the American Association of State and Local History annual meeting, which is being held in Detroit on September 15 and 16. This is a great chance to engage in top-notch professional development using your own computer or device. 

AKCHO members can view any or all of the following presentations:

Small Museums, Big Impact! Change Agents
Thursday, September 15, 7-8:15 AM
Being small doesn’t mean thinking small. Examine the successful reinvention of three small museums that used big challenges to guide their institutions to new levels of excellence. Metamorphosis in small museums might seem impossible but can play a vital part in making 21st century museums relevant and sustainable.
Chair: Maggie Marconi, Museum Administrator, Sandusky Library Follett House Museum, Sandusky, OH

From Farm to Fork: Narratives That Connect
Thursday, September 15, 11 AM – 12:15 PM
Agricultural tools, equipment, heritage plants, and animals hold the key to link historic food and fiber production to current trends in agriculture literacy and locavore/ foodie culture. Speakers will share ideas that can turn photographs, equipment, historic buildings, and landscape into thought-provoking exhibits and programs appealing to audiences of all ages.
Chair: James C. McCabe, Special Programs Manager, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

Breaking the Mold: Reimagining Traditional Museums, Programs, and Collections
Thursday, September 15, 12:30-1:45 PM
See how three institutions are rethinking how they operate in order to reach new audiences, maintain relevancy, and create advocates for history. From tweaking programming to breaking the operational mold, ideas and tips will be shared to inspire staff at institutions large and small.
Chair: Alexandra Rasic, Director of Public Programs, Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA

Intentional Inclusion: Developing a D&I Strategy for Your Organization
Friday, September 16, 7-8:15 AM
As demographics in the country continue to become more diverse, museums must create new systems to be more inclusive organizations. Developing a strategy for inclusion can help history organizations efficiently create new patterns of behavior that are inclusive and supportive of all types of diversity.
Chair: Chris Taylor, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN

Deconstructing “Safe Space”
Friday, September 16, 8:30-9:45 AM
The concept of “safe space” is often summoned as historical institutions approach challenging topics on race, politics, and identity. But what does “safety” actually look or feel like? Should institutions create experiences in which visitors feel unsafe? We’ll take a critical look at this buzzword and its implications on interpretation.
Chair: Maggie Schmidt, Senior Exhibit Developer, 106 Group, St. Paul, MN

Strangelove: How to Stop Worrying and Start Fundraising
Friday, September 16, 11:45 AM – 1 PM
Fundraising is critical to nonprofit work, but it isn’t exclusively reserved for executive directors, development staff, and board committees. This discussion will demystify fundraising and explore how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process.
Chair: Jamie Simek, Fundraising Educator- Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN

Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting. All presentations have been reworked for a live online audience – you’ll be able to see slides, ask questions, and interact with both presenters and the virtual audience.

For login information to these sessions, contact Barbara at


September membership meeting – St. Edward State Park / Kenmore Community Club

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by Kenmore Heritage Society

Program: Partnering for Preservation: Getting Developers, Societies and Cities on the Same Page

Every community with a history runs into this sooner or later: which properties to preserve and how? Join AKCHO for a tour of a prime example – the former seminary at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore – followed by a panel discussion on what works, what doesn’t and why. If your society is likely to face this issue in the future, then this AKCHO membership meeting is for you! (more…)


Making the Cut launches website
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A new website called Making the Cut was launched over the summer by a coalition of organizations and individuals that are marking the legacy of the Lake Washington Ship Canal a century after it was completed. The website features historic maps, links to resource materials, and a listing of centennial events and programs that will be happening over the next year.

On August 28, the first such event will take place during Bicycle Sunday along the southwestern shore of Lake Washington. Historian and artist Mikala Woodward will use a field chalker to mark a portion of the lake’s original shoreline, which was nine feet higher before the Ship Canal opened to allow boat travel from Puget Sound through Lake Union and on to Lake Washington. Woodward’s journey will begin at the Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center at 10 AM and wind up at Seward Park in the early afternoon. 



Persuasion: Storytelling and more for grantseeking success

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association 
Date: 10/6/2016
This full-day annual conference is PSGA’s largest event of the year. A wide array of professionals and funders present workshops on a variety of topics, targeting all skill levels. Whatever your experience level, you will learn something to help lead you to grantwriting success.Early bird registration – members/$135, non-members/$185 – ends September 14, 2016. After that, regular registration will be members/$155, non-members/$215. Find more information here.




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 $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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The 2016 AKCHO Awards Program takes place on June 7 at the Northwest African American Museum. It is free and open to the general public, but please RSVP by May 28. For more information, click on this link: Awards-Invitation 2016-FINAL


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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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