The Association of King County Historical Organizations – AKCHO – is a leading proponent of King County’s history and heritage activities.  We provide a meeting place of ideas and a forum for the issues that confront museums and heritage organizations. We appreciate your interest and welcome your participation!


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Two important dates early in 2017

Please circle these dates on your new 2017 calendar, and plan to join us!

AKCHO’s annual meeting will be Tuesday, January 31, 10:30 AM – 1 PM. We’ll be gathering at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle. We’re planning an excellent program – watch for full details in the January issue of Heritage Advisor. (more…)


AKCHO seeks new board members
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The AKCHO Board has open positions to fill. The Board meets monthly on the first Monday of the month from 9:30 – 11 AM on the Bellevue College campus. The main focus areas of the Board are professional development, centralized resources, and advocacy. The Board also produces two annual events: the Annual Membership Meeting and the AKCHO Awards evening. We welcome potential candidates with a variety of skill sets from all around King County. A particular need is for individuals who have experience in accounting and performing audits. For more information, please contact Alice Stenstrom,


Thinking Things Through: Being strategic

by Brandon Claycomb

The five essential steps to developing your organizations’s strategy are:

  1. Identifying goals,
  2. Prioritizing goals,
  3. Bridging the gap,
  4. Identifying immediate action items, and
  5. Coping with reality.

This article will consider the initial step. (more…)


Ask an Archivist: Use a Deed of Gift form to standardize donations

by Elizabeth Stiles Knight

 We have all had donations given to our organizations. Some are valuable additions to our collections. Others are not but the donor is difficult to turn down and the recipient does not want to be unkind or represent her organization in a negative or ungrateful way. Or, after you receive a donation you realize you do not have the room for the materials, or they are not related to your collections. You would like to get rid of them but feel you’d be breaking your agreement with the donor to keep the collection in perpetuity. (more…)


The City Is More Than Human

brocitby Frederick L. Brown
University of Washington Press – 352 pp – $34.95

Seattle would not exist without animals. Animals have played a vital role in shaping the city from its founding amid existing indigenous towns in the mid-nineteenth century to the livestock-friendly town of the late nineteenth century to the pet-friendly, livestock-averse modern city.

When newcomers first arrived in the 1850s, they hastened to assemble the familiar cohort of cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, and other animals that defined European agriculture. This, in turn, contributed to the dispossession of the Native residents of the area. However, just as these animals were used to create a Euro-American city, the elimination of these same animals from Seattle was key to the creation of the new middle-class neighborhoods of the twentieth century. As dogs and cats came to symbolize home and family, Seattleites’ relationship with livestock became distant and exploitative, demonstrating the deep social contradictions that characterize the modern American metropolis. (more…)



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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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