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Making the Cut music CD – free to non-profit orgs

Maritime Folknet announces the release of a music CD with sixteen new songs about the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks. Copies of the CD will be free to non-profit organizations, schools, and libraries.

Non-profit organizations can pick up their copy of the CD at one of the monthly AKCHO meetings, or email to have the CD mailed to you.

At the next AKCHO meeting at 10:30 AM on September 26, three of the songs from the CD will be performed live by the songwriters. The meeting will be in the auditorium of the Visitor Center at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka the Ballard Locks), 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle. The live music will be followed by a program on “Lessons Learned from ‘Making the Cut’ Centennial Commemoration”. For more meeting details, click here(more…)


Becoming American series seeks host institutions
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This documentary and discussion series is seeking 32 nonprofit, cultural institutions across the country to host Becoming American: A Documentary Series on Our Immigration Experience. This six-week program is designed to engage the public and encourage an informed discussion about immigration issues against the backdrop of immigration history in the United States. Host institutions will receive programmatic and monetary support in order to provide the screenings and discussions at no cost to their community. Learn more about the project here and read about the eligibility requirements here. Application deadline is December 1.


AKCHO Board report – September 2017
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With the narrow defeat in August of King County Proposition 1, the Access for All measure that would have meant a substantial boost for funding cultural groups of all kinds in King County, AKCHO Board members are doubling down on the issue of developing a sustainable revenue stream for 2018 and beyond. That was the primary topic of discussion at the September Board meeting, which was held September 11 at the Puget Sound Regional Archives at Bellevue College. Among other strategies, the Board agreed to include a silent auction as part of its annual meeting in January. New Board member Judie Romeo volunteered to organize the auction. Please contact her at if you’d like to donate any items or experiences that would make good auction items. (more…)


Midcentury Modern in South King County
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Please join the King County Historic Preservation Program on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM, at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, 1005 SW 152nd Street, Burien, to learn more about a historic context statement on Modern era residential development recently completed for King County. Susan Boyle, AIA, a principal at BOLA Architecture + Planning, will present findings from her research into the Modern era heritage of the county.

King County’s Historic Preservation Program has been working to develop a more complete understanding of the importance of the region’s rich Modern era heritage. The context statement is meant to guide historic preservation efforts throughout the county and to serve as a basis for future preservation planning by property owners, architects, and local jurisdictions. It will inform home owners, designers, planners, and developers and give rise to greater appreciation of the remarkable houses from this post-war period.



Calling potential board members!
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If the logistics of getting to AKCHO board meetings has kept you from applying to join the board, we’re about to experiment with meetings that allow dial-in access — in other words, no need to be physically present!

We’re currently looking for several board members, especially those from outside the Greater Seattle area, and providing dial-in access should widen that geographic representation on the board. So folks in the far reaches of King County, please consider this a request for your participation. (more…)



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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