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Eals stepping down from SWSHS leadership
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The Southwest Seattle Historical Society will soon be seeking a new executive director after the recent announcement that Clay Eals will be stepping down after four-plus years of leadership.

In a letter to the organization’s board, Eals wrote that his decision to step down stems from “a desire to spend more time focusing on other aspects of my life.” His departure will be effective in mid-July. The board plans to begin advertising for the executive-director position later this month and hopes to fill the position in time for the successor to overlap with Eals, who has been involved with the historical society since its founding in 1984.

Eals became the historical society’s first executive director in January 2013. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity, adding that he is confident that the organization’s mission, track record and board leadership will result in continued organizational success.
The author, historian and ex-journalist wrote in his resignation letter that the timing of the transition would be “as good as it gets” for the organization.
“We just finished a huge phase of our Junction landmark campaign, and between now and mid-July several manageable events (including the Sea View Hall home tour) can be pulled off while attention is devoted to a hiring process,” he wrote. “Most important is that there is enough time to get a new executive director on board to become immersed in the planning and execution of our 2017 Champagne Gala Brunch.”

During Eals’ time at the SWSHS helm, the group has attained landmark status for iconic buildings, assembled Group Hug photo events featuring school children and others at key sites, championed programs and collections of the organization’s “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum, deepened relations with the Duwamish Tribe, created and sustained two monthly speaker series, revived the historical society’s annual “If These Walls Could Talk” home tours, broadened the organization’s visibility and deepened its financial viability.
Primary responsibilities of the position are fundraising, outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff supervision and overall management. In addition to the full-time position of executive director, the historical society has two paid part-time staff positions of curator and museum operations coordinator.

For more information on the search for a new executive director, please contact SWSHS board president Karen Sisson at 206-579-0126.


Access for All proponents testify after all
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 Despite King County Council budget chair Dave Upthegrove’s announcement late Tuesday (April 11) that he was the pulling the Access for All tax measure from consideration by his committee, and his statement later on that the Access for All tax measure was “the wrong proposal at the wrong time,” supporters of the measure showed up to testify before the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee meeting the following day and were allowed to do so.  (more…)


Cultural equipment funding

Deadline: 5/17/2017

Cultural institutions depend on specialized equipment, such as stage lights and museum storage shelving, to operate effectively. 4Culture’s annual Cultural Equipment program supports the purchase of fixed assets by organizations or local government cultural agencies. Heritage, Arts, and Preservation organizations are eligible for Equipment funding separate from the regular Cultural Facilities program, as are local government agencies. (more…)


WaMA Conference stipends
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Deadline: 5/1/2017

The 2017 Washington Museum Association Conference will be held June 21—23 in Moses Lake. 4Culture offers stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members to attend the annual statewide conference. The 2017 WaMA Conference “Oasis” features Museum Hack, a band of renegade museum tour guides, an opening reception, pre-conference workshops, awards program, annual banquet, and stimulating breakout sessions. (more…)


Home for free – historic Eddy House
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Eddy House

Quadrant Homes is offering the Eddy House, located in Sammamish, for relocation free of charge to qualified parties. Qualified party is responsible for all costs to move the home to an alternate location in Sammamish.   Quadrant will contribute up to $50,000 towards the cost of relocating the home. Relocation is subject to time limitations.  The house will be demolished if no receiving site is found. Interested qualified parties should contact Moira Haughian with The Blueline Group for details, or 425-250-7226.




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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