The Association of King County Historical Organizations – AKCHO – is a leading proponent of King County’s history and heritage activities.  We provide a meeting place of ideas and a forum for the issues that confront museums and heritage organizations. We appreciate your interest and welcome your participation!


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Persuasion: Storytelling and more for grantseeking success

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association 
Date: 10/6/2016
This full-day annual conference is PSGA’s largest event of the year. A wide array of professionals and funders present workshops on a variety of topics, targeting all skill levels. Whatever your experience level, you will learn something to help lead you to grantwriting success.Early bird registration – members/$135, non-members/$185 – ends September 14, 2016. After that, regular registration will be members/$155, non-members/$215. Find more information here.



PSGA grant competition

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
Deadline: 9/2/2016

PSGA is pleased to announce its 2016 Grant Competition. You are invited to submit a 2-page proposal for up to $2,000 in funding for a program or project at a nonprofit organization. Through a random lottery, your proposal may become one of the six finalists to be discussed during the “Funders Panel” session at “Persuasion: Storytelling & More for Grantseeking Success,” PSGA’s 2016 Annual Conference. A panel of prominent grantmakers will award $2,000 on the spot, and conference attendees will honor a finalist with the Audience Choice Award! (more…)



Deadline: 9/29/2016

Tech-Specific is the latest iteration of the 4Culture Site Specific Program, launched in 2005 to provide funding and resources for the commissioning and presentation of visual art, installation and performance in alternative and non-traditional settings throughout King County, Washington. The goal of this program is to engage new audiences and participants in the creation and experience of contemporary artmaking and to expand opportunities for individuals to create and present their work. (more…)


Ask an Archivist: No- and low-cost resources nearby

by Elizabeth Stiles Knight

Take advantage of these excellent, regional resources for preservation education, disaster training and emergency response, to keep your organization’s staff informed about preservation best practices and prepared for unexpected disasters.

Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service
Westpas provides free training and workshops for organizations that preserve heritage collections throughout the Western Pacific states and territories. The local rep is Gary L. Menges. There is also a a 24/7 disaster assistance number: 888-905-7737.

Regional Alliance for Preservation
RAP is a national network of nonprofit organizations with expertise in the field of conservation and preservation. RAP members present training programs, provide conservation and preservation services, create publications to assist institutions in caring for their collections, and provide free technical advice to collecting institutions across the country. WESTPAS, listed above, is a member. RAP provides services in:

  • Archaeological conservation
  • Book conservation
  • Consultations
  • Contemporary art
  • Digital image/photo duplication
  • Emergency response
  • Frame conservation
  • Furniture conservation
  • Matting and framing
  • Object and sculpture conservation
  • Painting conservation
  • Paper conservation
  • Photograph conservation
  • Textile conservation

Sustainable Heritage Network
The SHN is particularly focused on the needs of tribal libraries and archives. It provides hands-on and virtual topic specific workshops and short courses; online educational resources such as video tutorials, documents and conference presentations and access to experts. SHN also provides access workspaces and access to preservation and digitization equipment through its network of workbenches. THe SHN website provides guidelines and best practices for preserving and digitizing images; film, video, and audio; artifacts and objects, books and documents. The Sustainable Heritage Network is managed by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University and funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Elizabeth Stiles Knight is a librarian and freelance consulting archivist in Seattle who works with historical societies, colleges, non-profits and families on archival collections. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington, is a Certified Archivist, and a Digital Archives Specialist. She is a member of Northwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, and a past chair of Seattle Area Archivists.


Small and Simple Projects Fund

City of Seattle
Rolling deadline – next one is 9/12/2016

If your group operates within the City of Seattle, the Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art and youth activities.

Interested in applying? Attend one of these workshops for more information:

  • Thursday, August 4; 6 – 8 p.m. at Montlake Community Center, 1618 East Calhoun St.
  • Tuesday, August 9; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro Del La Raza, 2524 16th Avenue S.
  • Thursday, August 18; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

This granting program is part of Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.  



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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