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Historic Cadillac Hotel receives green challenge award
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The National Park Service in partnership with Discover Your Northwest and Historic Seattle received the 2015 Education and Outreach Federal Green Challenge Regional Award for their efforts to highlight how small changes can have big environmental benefits at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in Pioneer Square’s historic Cadillac Hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                      

A joint Cadillac Building Green Team replaced the building’s faucet aerators to low-flow ones, conducted waste audits, added recycling containers to all four floors, and began a compost program in the building’s non-public spaces. As a result, overall landfill waste was reduced by more than 27% and water usage was down by 12% from the previous year. But the team did more than place a few blue bins and switch aerators; at every step in the greening process, the group sent out e-mail communications and posted fliers in public spaces about its initiatives, and provided resources on how individuals can easily implement similar practices to yield cost savings while supporting environmental programs at home.

The Cadillac Hotel dates back to the city’s Klondike Gold Rush area and today serves not only as the Visitor Center for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, but also as headquarters for the non-profit Discover Your Northwest, and office space for other National Park Service employees. The building is owned and managed by Historic Seattle. Representatives from the partner organizations received the Federal Green Challenge recognition, part of the EPA Sustainable Materials Management Program, during an Earth Day celebration at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle. 


Funding for barn preservation program at risk
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An important statewide historic preservation program currently hangs in the balance as the Washington State Legislature negotiates the state budget. The proposed Senate Capital Budget includes $450,000 in funding to continue the Heritage Barn Grant program in the 2015-2017 biennium, but the proposed capital budget from the House includes no funding for the program. 

In 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed SHB 2115, which established the Heritage Barn Preservation Program within the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). The program actively acknowledges Heritage Barns across the state and the Heritage Barn Advisory Committee works to address the many challenges historic barns face by awarding matching grants for barn stabilization and rehabilitation. Since this program began, the Barn Advisory Committee has awarded 46 grants totaling nearly $970,000 in matching funds: 22 grants totaling $458,408 have been awarded to barns in western Washington and 24 grants totaling $511,589 have been awarded to barns in eastern Washington. Barn rehabilitation projects are labor intensive, requiring local contractors and suppliers, and DAHP reports that these grants have supported 189 construction jobs.

Heritage barn aficionados who wish to communicate with their legislators on this matter may find contact information for their state senator here and state representatives here. If you want to ascertain which district you live in, click here


Lofting class
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The Center for Wooden Boats
Dates: 5/30-31 and 10/3-4/2015

Lofting is a vital tool, typically the first step in building a new boat. It is a fascinating mental exercise in three-dimensional management and layering. We will discuss construction details, set-up, and building molds for the real thing. Newcomers, put on your thinking caps! Veterans may even learn a trick or two. Price $250/ Taught by instructor Eric Hvalsoe. Click here for more information.


Hoboes and homelessness
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Shaun Doll_hobo signsby Elizabeth P. Stewart

What could art possibly have to tell us about homelessness? With history as the nexus between art and current events, an exhibit of work by artist Shaun Doll at the Issaquah Depot Museum creates the opportunity for us to consider homelessness in all its dimensions, from the romantic hobo “riding the rails” to today’s pernicious stereotypes of all homeless people as lazy or mentally ill. (more…)


How Birds Fly
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Museum of Flight
Now through 9/7/2015

Aviation’s feathered friends are the subjects of the Museum’s new, temporary exhibit, How Birds Fly, opening April 11. The exhibit encapsulates the beauty, diversity and wonder of bird flight in relation to aviation. It was developed from a colorful blending of Museum of Flight aeronautical expertise in partnership with the ornithological resources of the Burke Museum.  

The exhibit combines bird skeletons, feathers and wings from the Burke, with  photographs by guest curator Dr. Peter Cavanagh. Cavanagh is a birder, photographer and University of Washington biomechanist. Cavanagh will give a public lecture at the exhibit on April 11 at 2 PM.

 How Birds Fly explores bird evolution, anatomy, and behavior, as well as the influence birds have had on human flight from the designs of Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright brothers, to today’s aerospace engineers. 

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5-9 PM courtesy of Wells Fargo.



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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