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Above and Beyond
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Categories: Exhibits

Museum of Flight
Now through 9/10/2016

Above and Beyond is designed to be the most interactive touring exhibition on aerospace, with approximately 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a 180-degree immersive theater presentation, a high-tech media-rich historical timeline, a simulated space elevator ride, a challenge to design and test a supersonic fighter jet in a virtual high-speed flying competition, and an avatar-based motion-capture group experience that demonstrates flight like a bird.  
Above and Beyond uses fully immersive experiences to explore the impact of aerospace in our world – and beyond. Explored through five key themes that define flight and space travel – “Up, Faster, Higher, Farther, and Smarter.”
Above and Beyond launches just as Boeing enters its second century of aerospace achievement. Supporting the exhibit is an important element of Boeing’s centennial commemoration. The Museum of Flight preserves the world’s greatest collection of Boeing artifacts.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila. 


Thinking Thing Through: How not to ask a stranger for a favor

by Brandon Claycomb

Last month we talked about connecting with potential supporters. If you’re trying to expand your audience, this may mean meeting with people you don’t know well, who may come from significantly different demographic backgrounds than those currently represented on your board. Indeed, that is likely one of the reasons you are reaching out to them.

Many such meetings never happen because they never get called. The suggestions below may seem obvious, but I share them because they work and because so many organizations get stuck at this point. And that makes it worth going back to basics. (more…)


Registration is open for WaMA conference – stipends available

Washington Museum Association Conference
Dates: 6/22-24/2016

The 2016 WaMA Conference “Adventures in Museumland” happens in Tacoma this year. It will feature regional historian and preservation expert Michael Sullivan as keynote speaker, an opening reception at the Museum of Glass, preconference workshops, tours, an awards program, and stimulating breakout sessions.

In King County, 4Culture is offering stipends to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members who plan to attend the annual statewide conference. (more…)


AASLH seeks book proposals

Every year, the American Association for State and Local History partners with Rowman & Littlefield Press to publish practical and relevant books for history professionals. These publications cover a wide range of subjects, from museum leadership to interpreting difficult subjects to reflections on the practice of public history. AASLH members always get 20% off the AASLH Series at Rowman & Littlefield. (more…)


Spring audio workshops
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Categories: Education
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Various dates

Jack Straw Audio Workshops are the perfect opportunity to learn studio and field recording techniques or to get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing.

A nonrefundable deposit of $25 is required to register and hold a place in each class. Students are encouraged to pay in full at time of registration. For more information, e-mail (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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The 2016 AKCHO Awards Program takes place on June 7 at the Northwest African American Museum. It is free and open to the general public, but please RSVP by May 28. For more information, click on this link: Awards-Invitation 2016-FINAL


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