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Cash register needs a new home
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Categories: News

NCRAmalgamated Transit Union Local 587 would like to donate a National Cash Register to any organization that can pick it up. The serial number is hard to read but they believe the machine dates back to the 1930s. It is still in working condition and was  used up until 13 years ago for dues payments. 

Please contact Norma Appel, office manager at ATU Local 587,  at 206-448-8588 if you are interested in the cash register.



November AKCHO Membership Meeting

CWBHost: The Center for Wooden Boats
Address: 1010 Valley Street, Seattle 98109
Phone: 206-382-2628
Please RSVP to

First, a Discussion:
MOHAI’S Leonard Garfield and Sarah Sidman from ArtsFund will conduct a conversation focused on strengthening the ecology of arts, heritage and culture in our region. They seek your input on a series of questions that will help guide any steps that might be most valuable to strengthen our regional cultural sector.

Program: Come Play with Us!
The Center for Wooden Boats is known worldwide for its hands-on learning activities for kids of all ages. So, as soon as the business stuff is out of the way, it will be time to play. Come dressed for the fun of making a toy boat or, weather permitting, paddling a real one. Take a walk around the site of our soon-to-be-built Wagner Education Center or check out our fleet of small craft, most of which are available for rental year-round. We’ll close with a quick look at where CWB’s been and where we are going. Refreshments will be available all morning. (more…)


NAAM is recruiting youth curators for 2015
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Categories: Education

Northwest African American Museum
Application deadline: 12/19/2014

The Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program at the Northwest African American Museum introduces youth to the philosophy and practices of museum work through creative, community engaged projects on timeless and contemporary topics. Youth Curators gain social skills, learn and understand new concepts and develop artistic expression. NAAM celebrates tradition, art, and history and in doing so, supports opportunities for youth to share their accomplishments, passions and concerns. (more…)


Volunteer coordinator needed
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Categories: Employment

Issaquah History Museums
Application deadline: 11/25/2014

Issaquah History Museums seek an energetic individual who can work with the Museums’ volunteer corps, and recruit additional volunteers, to keep operations running smoothly. The position pays $14-$16/hour, depending on experience, and will require 8-12 hours of work a week,  including some weekends. Please click here for more information.


Being Cowlitz


449by Christine Dupres
University of Washington Press – 176 pp – $50

Without a recognized reservation or homeland, what keeps an Indian tribe together? How can members of the tribe understand their heritage and pass it on to younger generations? For Christine Dupres, a member of the Cowlitz tribe of southwestern Washington State, these questions were personal as well as academic. In Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity, what began as the author’s search for her own history opened a window into the practices and narratives that sustained her tribe’s identity even as its people were scattered over several states.

Dupres argues that the best way to understand a tribe is through its stories. From myths and spiritual traditions defining the people’s relationship to the land to the more recent history of cultural survival and engagement with the U.S. government, Dupres shows how stories are central to the ongoing process of forming a Cowlitz identity. (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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