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Washington Trust for Historic Preservation grant program

The Valerie Sivinski Fund is an annual program of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation that provides grants of up to $2,000 to organizations engaged in historic preservation around Washington State. The goal of the fund is to provide small yet meaningful amounts of money to help support historic preservation where it really happens: at the community level. The Washington Trust is pleased to announce that the application for the 2019 round of Sivinski Fund grants is now open. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, October 1, 2018.

“For over 20 years, the Valerie Sivinski Fund has been a catalyst for local historic preservation projects that protect our state’s shared history,” said Jennifer Mortensen, the Preservation Services Coordinator of the Washington Trust. “This grant program truly embodies the mission of the Washington Trust by supporting local, grassroots preservation, which is the lifeblood of our movement. Grant awards from the Sivinski Fund help make local preservation possible.”

Sivinski Fund grants are designed to support “bricks and mortar” projects that contribute to the preservation of a specific historic place. Projects that include costs directly related to physical materials and preservation are preferred, but grant funds may also be used to hire preservation professionals or organize preservation advocacy efforts for a specific historic resource. Applications must be submitted by an organized group such as an incorporated non-profit, an unincorporated citizens or advocacy group, a public agency or civic organization, or a religious organization. Applicants for Sivinski Fund grants are required to become members of the Washington Trust (at the non-profit level or above) if they are not already current members.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019 round of Sivinski Fund grants is Monday, October 1, 2018. The online application form, along with all program details, can be accessed on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at: The application process is entirely online, and must be submitted by midnight of the due date. Award recipients will be announced at the Washington Trust’s annual Sivinski Holiday Benefit in December.


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive Digital Archive Plan

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA) published an updated Digital Archive Plan in August 2018, following the completion of our Phase 2 Digital Archive Project.  This phase created a test website where we uploaded cataloged records describing a set of our collections which are compliant with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).  Rachael Christine Woody worked with PNRA to help us develop the DACS-specific language to describe our railroad terms and processes.  Any other AKCHO organizations that have contemplated converting their collection catalog to DACS search standards will be interested in reviewing PNRA’s updated plan.

The original Digital Archive Plan presented to AKCHO by Elizabeth Knight in 2016 has been updated to incorporate the lessons learned in the Phase 2 project.  The full Plan has been placed on PNRA’s website: to provide access for everyone.  If you have questions regarding our Digital Archive Plan or our Phase 2 project, please send them to

Gary Tarbox, PNRA Executive Director


Advocacy: Showbox at the Market

The Seattle City Council voted to temporarily expand the Pike Place Market Historic District to include the endangered Showbox, in effect adding protections for its use.  Your support is needed to urge the Mayor to sign this legislation.

This historic theatre has been sold to developers, who planned to replace it with a 42-story apartment tower.  Efforts are underway to request City of Seattle Landmark status for the Showbox at the Market.

Here is an article with more information:

What you can do to help:

Contact Mayor Durkan to urge her to sign the Council’s legislation:

Mayor Durkan – Phone: (206) 684-4000  Email:

Continue to support the landmark nomination process by periodically visiting the article on the Historic Seattle website and following their suggestions under ‘What You Can Do Now’.

Sign the petition at


Advocacy: The Garden House

The Garden House, believed to be the first house built on Beacon Hill, is up for sale, putting it in danger.  The owners, the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs, voted to sell the building.  The Beacon Hill Garden Club would like to keep the Garden House as a meeting space for the community, non-profit groups, and artists.

Here is an article with more information:

Here is what you can do:

  • Write a letter of support.
  • Local non-profit organizations can join the Seattle Beacon Hill Historic Preservation Coalition.
  • Individuals can join the Beacon Hill Garden Club.

For more information about these options, see


AKCHO board gains another member
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Renton History Museum’s Kim Owens joins the AKCHO Board

AKCHO’s board of directors has been filling out with new members. Kim Owens, public engagement coordinator at the Renton History Museum, is the latest to be added to the roster. She joins Alicia Barnes (Puget Sound Maritime), Josh Gannis (Eastside Heritage Center), Mathew Martin (Kenmore Heritage Society), Hillary Pittenger (White River Valley Museum), and Judie Romeo (The Center for Wooden Boats) as general board members, along with AKCHO officers Alice Stenstrom (president), Alice Winship (past president), Sarah Frederick (secretary) and Virginia Wright (treasurer).

The next board meeting will be held on Monday, July 16, 9:30 AM at Puget Sound Regional Archives on the Bellevue College campus.




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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