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AKCHO Board report – October 2017
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AKCHO Board members spent a considerable amount of time at their October board meeting discussing the needs of their members and plans for 2018.

In addition to covering upcoming programs, including the AKCHO annual meeting, which will be held on January 30 at the Museum of Flight, the Board also revisited some of the findings in 4Culture’s Heritage Report, which was presented by 4Culture’s Chieko Phillips at the September AKCHO membership meeting.

The Board reviewed the 2017 budget in preparation for 2018 budget discussions at the November meeting. By a unanimous vote among those present, the Board has agreed to raise its membership dues for 2018 and institute a tiered system for organizational members. More details will be made available next month. (more…)


First come, first served – does your historical org need a printer?
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An HP LaserJet 5SiMx printer is available for donation to a King County historical organization. It prints letter, legal and tabloid sized paper and has a seperate envelope feeder. Its additional specifications may be found here. The printer is heavy (~100 pounds), and will need to be picked up in Normandy Park. If interested, contact Richard Kennedy at


October AKCHO meeting – The Pike Place Market Story: From Preservation to Expansion

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 10 AM – Noon
Host: Pike Place Market Foundation
Location: Pike Place Market Commons, 1901 Western Avenue, in Seattle’s Pike Place Market (see link below for map), with an entrance on Western Avenue
Contact: 206-235-0026

The Pike Place Market Story: from Preservation to Expansion

After nearly being demolished in the 1960s, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is not only thriving but it just completed a $74 million expansion. Please join us for a history briefing and walking tour hosted by Friends of the Market. The market’s story is a fascinating one: instead of allowing the “urban-renewal-by-demolition” philosophy espoused by some at the time, architect Victor Steinbrueck and others created the Friends to “Keep the Market.” In 1971, Seattle voters approved a Market Historical District and placed its administration firmly under public control. Today the market is a Seattle icon and hosts 10 million visitors a year.

A constant challenge for the Friends is volunteer engagement, a topic AKCHO members are all too familiar with. We’ll explore as a group what others have been doing and share resources to attract and retain those valuable supporters.

Driving Directions:
Via I-5 North
: Take the Madison Street exit, #164, and turn left. Follow Madison Street to Western Avenue. Turn right onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for five blocks. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street.

Via I-5 South: Take the Denny Way/Stewart Street exit, #166. Follow Stewart Street to First Avenue. Turn right onto First Avenue. Two blocks north, turn left onto Lenora Street. Turn left onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for three blocks (passing Victor Steinbrueck Park on your right). The entrance to the Public Market Parking Garage is on the right side of the street.

Parking: Available in the Market Parking Garage, 1531 Western Avenue, and in the new MarketFront Garage, 1901 Western Avenue.  Both have elevators and handicapped accessibility to the meeting site.  They cost $4 an hour. For more info:

By Public Transit: Take Metro or Sound Transit Light Rail to the Market. Many Metro bus routes will drop you off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks away from the Market.


What went into “Making the Cut”
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Captain Vince and the Argonotes

At AKCHO’s membership meeting on September 26, AKCHO members who had gathered at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, along with a few unsuspecting tourists, were treated to an opening concert by five singer-songwriters and their accompanying acts. The musicians were among those who are featured on the new “Making the Cut” CD produced by Maritime Folknet to commemorate the centennial of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. (more…)


MOHAI’s On the Spot photo contest
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The Museum of History & Industry is sponsoring a photo contest in conjunction with its upcoming feature exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith.

Al Smith used his camera to document community life in his beloved Central District. Take a photo of what’s special about your community and tag it with #SpotOnMOHAI via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter by October 31 to enter the contest. A panel of exhibit curators will choose three winning photographs to be displayed in the exhibit! 

Visit MOHAI’s website for further information and ideas on how to get started.



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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