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Legislature passes cultural access bill
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After attempting for years to get a cultural access funding bill through the Washington State Legislature, the advocacy group known as Cultural Access Washington is celebrating after achieving its goal on June 30 during the legislative Special Session.

ESHB 2263, whose original sponsors included King County-based Representatives Larry Springer (45th District), Brady Walkinshaw (43rd), Joan McBride (48th) and Joe Fitzgibbon (34th), is a measure that combines two somewhat disparate goals. It provides local governments with options for increasing access to educational experiences through cultural organizations, and also for providing services and facilities for vulnerable populations such as people with mental illness or developmental disabilities. (more…)



Deadline: 10/15/2015

4Culture announces “Tech-Specific,” a grant program to encourage the use of innovative technology in the making and presenting of works of art, and to foster new partnerships and collaborations between individuals and the public and private sectors.
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Wing Luke Museum
Now through 4/17/2016

Curated by Dr. Stacey Uradomo-Barre, who curated The Wing’s 2009 exhibition Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings of Roger Shimomura, this all female Asian Pacific American artist exhibit is the first of its kind in the Muesum’s history. Featuring installation artwork of six artists, they all draw from their life and experiences, resulting in distinct, powerful, and provocative narratives. More information here


Historic Seattle hosts AKCHO members on First Hill
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One of the many gracious details in the interior of Dearborn House.

One of the many gracious details in the interior of Historic Seattle’s headquarters at Dearborn House.

For AKCHO’s June membership meeting, the Public Development Authority known as Historic Seattle hosted AKCHO members at its headquarters in Henry H. Dearborn House, one of only a few of the stately old houses to remain standing on Seattle’s First Hill. With 41 years and over 40  preservation success stories under its belt, Historic Seattle’s mission includes educational programs, advocacy, and the preservation of buildings and historical landscapes.

“What we do, fundamentally and collectively, is honor the people, materials, projects and history that others have created,” explained Historic Seattle executive director Kji Kelly. He noted that as a PDA, Historic Seattle is in a position to act nimbly and find resources to rescue and renovate projects. (more…)


Bob Norton’s Bottle Collection
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Skykomish Historical Society

Bob Norton went to work for the Forest Service in the 1950s and developed an affinity for Great Northern Railway history – exploring the ghost towns along the railroad tracks in the Skykomish Valley, he wound up collecting bottles over many years, from ink bottles to whiskey bottles. These are now displayed at the Skykomish Historical Museum, which is located in Maloney’s Store Building on Railroad Avenue in Skykomish, and open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, noon to 4 PM. 



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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