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NAAM names new exec director
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LaNesha DeBardelaben will soon be taking the helm at the Northwest African American Museum

LaNesha DeBardelaben has been named the new Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle. Her 15+ year career in museums has been spent in Michigan, most recently as Senior Vice President of Education & Exhibitions at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. At the Wright Museum, which is the nation’s second largest African American museum, DeBardelaben was instrumental in managing successful educational, exhibition, and community initiatives and led the Wright Museum through two valuable Museum Assessment Programs (MAP) to enhance museum practice. LaNesha began her career in museums in 2001 at the National Museum of Kenya in Africa, and has studied museum and library management in England and Germany.  (more…)


Inclusive futures for museums
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Nicole Ivy talks with an audience member after her presentation at Washington Hall

In Washington Hall, a place that has soaked up the creative vibes of everyone from Duke Ellington to Elvis Costello, Marian Anderson to Mark Morris, and Danish theatrical productions in the early 1900s to Nu Black Arts West Theatre in this century, the spirit of inclusion was operating in full force on the night of December 6 when Dr. Nicole Ivy came to town, courtesy of 4Culture and the University of Washington’s Department of Museology. (more…)


Presentation proposals being accepted by Heritage Caucus
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The 2017 legislative session begins on January 9, 2017, with the first meeting of the Washington State’s Heritage Caucus on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  Proposals are now being accepted for presentations during the regular meetings of the Heritage Caucus, on Wednesdays at 7 AM, Cherberg Building, Room A-B-C, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

As a reminder, presentations need to be 10 minutes or less, and must fit into one of the following prioritized categories: (more…)


Adult education coordinator
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Nordic Heritage Museum
Open until filled

The Adult Education Coordinator is responsible for developing and managing adult education offerings at the Nordic Heritage Museum, including, but not limited to, classes, workshops, conferences, and programs. This position will also be responsible for developing and managing the tour program for the Museum’s new core exhibition.


  • BA + 3 years relevant experience in Museum education or related field
  • Weekend and evening work
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint. Advanced web research skills.
  • Proficient in PC platform
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs
  • Ability to be seated/standing for extended periods

For full details, visit


AKCHO meetings being planned for 2018

AKCHO’s Annual Membership meeting will be held January 30 at the Museum of Flight. The morning meeting will include election of AKCHO’s newest board members, updates from the King County Historic Preservation Program and 4Culture, and a panel on “Curtis150/Beyond the Frame” – the joint effort being undertaken by many King County historical organizations in 2018 to reflect on the life and work of photographer Edward S. Curtis on the sesquicentennial of his birth. 

More details will be coming soon on this meeting, as well as on the AKCHO Awards program in April and regular membership meetings throughout the year, which are currently being booked by AKCHO Programs Chair Miguel Llanos. If your organization has an idea for a program and would like to host an AKCHO meeting in 2018, please contact Miguel at



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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