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Workshop on basics of historical research
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Categories: Education

Washington State Archives
Date: 10/18/2014

As part of Archives Month 2014, the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, Washington State Archives, and the Heritage Resource Center (Washington State Historical Society) are presenting a free workshop on “The Basics of Historical Research.” This is a practical, three-hour overview for students, teachers, local heritage volunteers and family researchers.  If you are interested in doing historical research but you’re not a trained historian, this workshop will help you learn the basic steps for gathering the information you’ll need to investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History Day, a classroom based assessment, or personal historical interest. (more…)


Archival answers – standards and best practices online resources
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by Elizabeth Stiles Knight

There is a lot of excellent, free information available online for cultural heritage organizations seeking to improve collection management practices, become more efficient, and generally be more professional when interacting with potential funders, researchers, and colleagues. Listed here are some of the key sources of information covering best practices in the management, preservation, and use of cultural heritage collections. (more…)


Community engagement grants

King County Community Service Areas
Application deadline: 12/8/2014

King County’s Community Service Area program is currently soliciting applications from community members throughout unincorporated King County for 2015. The purpose of the Community Engagement Grants is to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents in the Community Service Areas an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities. Funded projects must demonstrate how activities are accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken. (more…)


Internship fair sees record turnout
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Museology Internship Fair, 2014

Museology Internship Fair, 2014

Just before the new school year is due to begin at the University of Washington, record numbers of museology students turned out on September 22 for the annual Internship Fair sponsored by the UW’s Museology Graduate Program. Likewise, representatives from museums large and small around the state were on hand to answer questions about their particular internship needs.  Several AKCHO organizations took advantage of this opportunity to meet with potential interns, but participants from further away included the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, the Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site in Republic, and the Ferry County Historical Society. (more…)


County council designates maritime heritage area
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A recent concert at Des Moines Beach Park

A recent concert at Des Moines Beach Park

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted unanimously to recognize the historic, recreational and economic value of the region’s waterways by designating certain county shorelines as “County Maritime Heritage Area.” This ordinance, co-sponsored by King County Council Chair Larry Phillips (District 4) and Councilmember Kathy Lambert (District 3), is intended to encourage the State Legislature to designate saltwater shorelines statewide as a maritime heritage area, and ultimately, for the U.S. Congress to take steps to designate a National Maritime Heritage Area in our region. 

“We have worked to build vibrant communities and a growing economy on Puget Sound for decades,” Phillips said. “We are defined by our waters and shorelines and our interaction with them over time, and that story should be highlighted and celebrated.”  (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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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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