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Great benefit this month for current AKCHO members
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When the American Association for State and Local History convenes in Louisville, Kentucky, later this month for its annual conference, AKCHO is pleased to offer its members in good standing free online access to six of the AASLH conference’s hot-topic sessions. If you are interested in participating in any of the sessions listed below, contact Barbara McMichael at to confirm your AKCHO membership status and receive log-in information.

The sessions include: (more…)


Public engagement coordinator position – Renton History Museum
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Renton Historical Society
Open until filled

The Renton Historical Society, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Public Engagement Coordinator for the Renton History Museum, Renton’s only museum. Under the direction of the Museum Director, the Public Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the museum’s interpretive and educational experience for our diverse visitors. The duties of this position fall under two categories– volunteer programs and public programming. (more…)


New logs for the Alki Homestead
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AlkiHomestead2Alki Homestead owner Dennis Schilling and his crew worked on Friday, August 21, to unload a delivery of new logs from Kalama, Washington, that will replace rotted logs in the historic building. The West Seattle landmark, built in 1904, suffered a devastating fire in early 2009. Replacement of the logs at the southeast corner of the building was given administrative approval by city landmarks staff in January 2015. Restoration work on the log structure began this spring and will continue through the summer and beyond. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has posted a video of the log delivery on its website.


8 Days or Bust
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NASA astronauts Pete Conrad (left) and Gordon Cooper in the Gemini V spacecraft.

NASA astronauts Pete Conrad (left) and Gordon Cooper in the Gemini V spacecraft.

Museum of Flight
Now through 9/30/2015

The 8 Days or Bust exhibit opens on the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Gemini V. The 2-person mission was designed to see if astronauts can survive in space long enough to fly to the Moon and back. In those early days of space exploration, every safe day was another triumph. “8 Days or Bust – The 50th Anniversary of Gemini V” celebrates this flight, and includes artifacts from Gemini V astronaut Pete Conrad’s personal collection, and unique pieces from the Gemini program. The exhibit is free, and runs through September. (more…)


Keep clam and carry on – the Ivar Haglund story
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IvarHaglundNordic Heritage Museum
Now through 11/8/2015

Bohemian, entertainer, radio and television personality, restaurateur, entrepreneur- Ivar Haglund was a beloved Seattle personality and regional cultural icon. Born to a Norwegian mother and a Swedish father, Haglund became known as the King of Seattle’s waterfront. From his early years as a Depression-era aquarium showman and folk singer, to opening the legendary Acres of Clams restaurant that remains on the Seattle waterfront to this day, Haglund’s unique knack for publicity stunts and business promotion made him a household name throughout Puget Sound. His pronouncements, pranks, and highly-successful restaurants have become part of Seattle’s unique character as a city for over 75 years. Today, the region remains teeming with the Ivar Haglund franchise and its eponymous seafood dining experience. (more…)



Heritage Advisor is published 10 times a year by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. 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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AKCHO was established to encourage cooperation among historical organizations and to 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 to support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

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