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Register for National Museums Advocacy Day
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The American Alliance of Museums is currently accepting registrations for Museums Advocacy Day, happening on February 27-28 in Washington, D.C. This annual event gives the entire museum field – staff, students, board members, volunteers, supporters and independent professionals who work for and with museums – a chance to make a unified case to Congress in support of museums. (more…)


Meeks: historic preservation creates thriving communities
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Stephanie Meeks, National Trust for Historic Preservation

The King County Historic Preservation Program and King County Green Tools hosted National Trust for Historic Preservation CEO Stephanie Meeks at Washington Hall on January 12 to talk about the ways the historic preservation field has evolved to embrace 21st century challenges of development pressures and growing population density in cities around the United States.

Citing the 2014 “Older, Smaller, Better” report, produced by the Trust’s Preservation Green Lab, Meeks noted that that effort used metrics to prove that neighborhoods that take care to preserve some of their older buildings are more culturally dynamic, economically resilient, environmentally friendly and livable. Since that report, the Trust has greatly expanded its research and now is introducing the Atlas of ReUrbanism, a new tool that will make large amounts of data available about the connections between older buildings and economic, demographic and environmental outcomes in 50 cities around the U.S. (more…)


Junction landmark campaign moves forward
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Hamm Building, circa 1937, courtesy Washington State Archives

In the face of ongoing development throughout West Seattle, fans of the Junction – a long-established retail neighborhood at the intersection of California Avenue SW & SW Alaska Street, have come together to preserve some of that neighborhood’s character by nominating the Hamm Building and the Campbell Building for city landmark status. 

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s landmark nomination of the Hamm Building (its main tenant is Easy Street Records) has leaped a crucial first hurdle. On January 4, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted unanimously to nominate the Hamm Building for city landmark status. (more…)


Heritage Projects funding

Application deadline: 3/8/2017, 5 PM

4Culture’s Heritage Projects funding program promotes the identification, documentation, exhibition and interpretation of historic and cultural materials pertaining to the heritage of King County, Washington. Awardees of this program have produced outstanding publications, oral histories, exhibits, documentaries and curriculum. Please click here for guidelines. (more…)


Parks Commission approves lease agreement for Saint Edward Seminary
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Saint Edward Seminary exterior

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has voted unanimously to accept a 62-year lease with Daniels Real Estate of Seattle to rehabilitate the Saint Edward Seminary Building at Saint Edward State Park near Kenmore.

As part of the agreement, Daniels agreed to purchase a 9.7-acre private property that lies adjacent to the park and transfer it to State Parks in exchange for adaptive re-use of the building as a lodge. The property adds to the park’s acreage and natural area along Lake Washington and allows the agency to appropriately manage trails as part of Saint Edward State Park.

 “This project to rehabilitate Saint Edward Seminary will be a great value to the state of Washington ” said Steve Milner, Commission chair. “Thanks to Daniels, our staff and the public who participated in our very thorough public process, we are going to be able to change a significant liability into an asset for our state. Our state’s population continues to grow, and Saint Edward and the Seminary are in an urban area. I think the historic structure will draw new people into the park and introduce them, not only to the historic features but the natural aesthetic of the park and our state.” (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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