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Teacher-Ranger-Teacher needed for Summer 2014
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Application deadline:  5/5/2014 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is accepting applications for teachers interested in applying for the park’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT). The application deadline is May 5, 2014. TRT is a 160-hour professional development opportunity for licensed public and private school teachers to create meaningful education experiences for students within Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The selected candidate can earn continuing education credits and will earn a $3,000 dollar stipend at the conclusion of their season.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher is a national program that strives to share the rich heritage of American’s national parks by providing professional development opportunities for teachers within national parks. During the TRTs summer season at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, they will develop standards-based lesson plan for students. In light of the limited transportation funding available to schools, we would like to develop a lesson plan that allows students to discover national parks in the Pacific Northwest without having to leave their classrooms. This summer, the park will host four Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns (18 – 25) who will work as a team to research and travel to local national parks. Their goal is to produce informational materials that local, urban populations can use to plan visits to their local public lands. The TRT candidate will work with this team to develop classroom materials and lesson plans based on the SCA team’s research and experiences.

This lesson plan will be submitted to University of Colorado Denver. At the conclusion of this 160-hour program, the TRT will return to his/her classroom and integrate the resources and lesson plans they created into their classroom curriculum. The TRT will also spend a portion of his/her season at the park assisting in the park’s Visitor Center, which includes greeting visitors, providing area information, answering visitor questions, and providing interpretive presentations.

These educational opportunities will culminate in a classroom celebration during National Park Week in late April of 2015. During the celebration of National Park Week, the teacher will wear his/her TRT uniform and present standards-based lessons that expose their students to the diverse resources that national parks preserve and protect.

If you are a highly motivated, dynamic and engaging educator who is currently a licensed public or private school teacher working in an accredited K-12 school, you can spend the summer becoming immersed in the rich cultural resources of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle.



Safe space educator workshop
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Local educators present a Safe Space training in collaboration with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and in conjunction with MOHAI’s current exhibit, Revealing Queer. The workshop takes place Saturday, April 19, from 10 AM – noon. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create welcoming, supportive and save environments in both formal and informal educational settings. Workshop is free with regular museum admission – no pre-registration required. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. For more information contact Andy Clark, 206-324-1126, extension 159.


Landmarks Capital funding

Application deadline: 5/1/2014

4Culture’s Landmarks Capital program supports “bricks and mortar” projects that help preserve designated local landmarks all around King County. We fund design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Eligible applicants include private owners, businesses, organizations and local governments. Fundable projects will range from $3,000 to $30,000. (more…)


4Culture offers stipends for WaMA Conference

Again this year, 4Culture is offering stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members attending the Washington Museum Association Conference in Port Townsend. The 2014 WaMA Conference, Authenticity: Real Things, Real Stories, Real Places will take place June 18 – 20. Stipends may be used for conference registration, and to defray travel and lodging costs. To receive the stipend, qualifying individuals must attend the conference and be prepared to write a short report about their experiences. (more…)


Moving Forward – Reaching New Audiences with the Past
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Northwest Archivists 2014 Annual Meeting
Dates: 5/29-31/2014

The Northwest Archivists will be meeting this year at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. Early bird rates are available until April 30. For more information and to make reservations, click here.



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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