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Aviation Pavilion set to open in June
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Photo by Ted Huetter, Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight will celebrate the opening of its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion on June 25-26. The grand opening weekend for the roofed outdoor gallery will include live music and entertainment, airline-inspired fashion shows, swag bags for the first 500 visitors every day, refreshments, and performances by aerial artists dangling from the rafters. 
The airliner exhibit will include the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 727, 737 and 747 jets, the first jet Air Force One, the extremely rare Boeing 247D and Douglas DC-2 airliners from the 1930s, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The military line-up will include three big bombers–World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress, and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet; plus jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf.



Adventures in Museumland
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savedateWashington Museum Association Conference
Dates: 6/22-24/2016

Five prominent museums in Tacoma – the Washington State Hisotrical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Foss Waterway Seaport, and America’s Car Museum – will serve as hosting venues for the Washington Museum Association’s 2016 conference.  But other, smaller museums, includig the Job Carr Museum, the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, the Tacoma Historical Society, and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum also will serve as destinations during the three-day conference. (more…)


Preservation of Mid-Century Modern Building Materials
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APTNW and DoCoMoMo_Oregon
Date: 5/21/2016

This full-day workshop, sponsored by the Association for Preservation Technology-Northwest and DoCoMoMo_Oregon,  will cover history, materials and case studies. It will take place at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Avenue in Portland. It will run from 10 AM – 3 PM, with an hour break for lunch. Contact Brian Rich, 206-909-9866, or Kate Kearney, 503-517-0283, for more information. Register here.


Latinos in Highline
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Highline Historical Society

This exhibit shares some Mexican immigration stories in the Highline area. It provides examples of people who have faced obstacles but continue to work at cultivating family values. The Historical Society collaborated on this project with Para Los Niños, a Latino non-profit organization that provides language and resettlement skills for new immigrants in Highline.

The exhibit is located at SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac.


Ask an Archivist: Saving Our Archives

MayDay2by Elizabeth Stiles Knight

Disasters are rare, but they do happen. It’s not a matter of if, but when, a crisis will occur that threatens your repository and requires a fast and effective response. We have an obligation to be responsible stewards of our community’s cultural heritage. But preparing for disasters like an earthquake, flood, fire, theft or vandalism, leaky roof, broken water pipe, or other incidents, often is a low priority compared to keeping up with day-to-day operations and more immediate needs. (more…)



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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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