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Empire Is in the Heart – UW conference on Carlos Bulosan Centennial
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University of Washington
Date: 11/14/2014

This one-day conference on the life and works of Carlos Bulosan seeks to encourage different ways of reckoning with the legacies of Bulosan both in the U.S. and in the Philippines. It also seeks to address the relationship between his artistic and political approaches and his place in understanding the braided histories of labor migration, racial formation, Filipino diasporic imagination, and imperial expansion. Admission is free.

The conference takes place at the University of Washington HUB, Room 145, and will be followed by a reception marking the opening a new exhibit opening in the UW Libraries, “Author, Poet and Worker: The World of Carlos Bulosan.” The reception will be hosted by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and feature several speakers addressing the relevance of Bulosan to activism today.

Contact: Professor Vince Rafael, (206) 543-5699 or

Sponsored by the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, UW Department of History, UW Department of English, UW Department of Political Science, UW Jackson School of International Studies, UW Southeast Asia Center, and Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA Asian American Studies Department.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.



WaterlinesBurke Museum

This new fold-out map is an interpretive photorealistic and hand-painted rendering of the Seattle area in the mid-19th century, just prior to non-Native settlement. It is based on mapping done by the Puget Sound River History Project. It identifies Coast Salish village sites and water-related places, written in the Lushootseed language. The place names are drawn from elders who worked with ethnographers in the early 20th century, from the work of linguists and scholars such as the late Vi Hilbert, and from an atlas created by Coll Thrush and Nile Thompson for the book Native Seattle.  (more…)


Do You Know Bruce?
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upcoming-events-redWing Luke Museum
Now through 2017

In 1999, Time Magazine named Bruce Lee one of the most influential people of the century. He inspired – and continues to inspire – millions of people, 40 years after his death, through his trailblazing work in martial arts, film and fitness. He was an international superstar but for Asian Pacific Americans, he was much more. While his one-inch punch raised the bar for martial artists, his skill, hard work, and determination to break media stereotypes of Asian Pacific Americans was game-changing in advancing racial equality. (more…)


Boeing Space Center
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Kent-Space-Center-1965-edited-300x187Kent Historical Museum

On October 30, 1965, the Boeing Space Center was dedicated and open for business. Built in the middle of the Green River Valley’s fertile agricultural lands, it was the most advanced space research complex in private industry. The $120 million Center provided vital support to Boeing’s Space Division in the years ahead. Four major laboratories were in use: Space Flight Simulation, Space Environment Simulation, Materials and Processes, and Microelectronics. By 1967, the Center had expanded to eleven buildings with one and a quarter million square feet of floor space.


Newcastle – Little Giant of the Eastside
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Invitation-1Renton History Museum
Now through 2/7/2015

The Renton History Museum joins forces with the Newcastle Historical Society to present a history of our coal mining neighbor to the North. By the late 1890s, coal mining had made Newcastle the second largest town in King County, second only to Seattle. Pacific Coast Coal Company put its mark on Newcastle in ways that Renton never experienced. When the company left Newcastle after a miners’ strike, many Newcastle residents moved to Renton. (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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