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Forest Service seeks advisory council members
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U.S. Forest Service
Application deadline: 9/30/2014

The U.S. Forest Service is soliciting nominees for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council, including a member to represent archeological and historic preservation and/or interpretation. Please consider applying, and please share this opportunity with KAHS members who may have an interest in Pacific Northwest history. (more…)


Beatles in Seattle, 50 years later
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Museum of History & Industry
Through 9/1/2014

Fifty summers ago, if you were a Seattle teenager, you knew exactly where you wanted to be on Friday, August 21. The Beatles, who had become world-famous only a few months earlier, were performing at the two-year-old Seattle Center Coliseum (now KeyArena), which had been built for the World’s Fair. One of the teens at the Coliseum that night was a budding young photographer named Timothy Eagan. The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is displaying his photos in a pop-up exhibit  through Labor Day. Eagan’s photos and negatives of the entire collection will reside at the museum.


Sharecropper’s Troubadour

sct-croppedby Michael Honey
Palgrave Macmillan – 244 pp – $28

University of Washington Tacoma Professor Michael Honey tells the story of John Handcox, a largely unknown African-American man born in Arkansas in 1904, to illuminate obscure but significant events from American history. Includes stories of the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union and the African American song tradition. From 2000 to 2004, Professor Honey held the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies at the University of Washington.



Neighborhood and community arts funding in Seattle

Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Deadline: 10/22/2014

The Office of Arts & Culture’s Neighborhood & Community Arts program helps Seattle’s community-based groups produce festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, promote cultural participation, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture.
Neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups may seek support for a recurring festival or event that has been in existence for at least one year, has a significant arts and cultural component, is open to the public and takes place in Seattle. Applicants do not have to have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. (more…)


Snoqualmie Falls Depot
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Northwest Railway Museum
Now through 9/1/2014

A new museum at Snoqualmie Falls opened to the public this summer.  The exhibits are housed in the historic carpenter shop and Snoqualmie Falls depot, and chronicle the Charles H. Baker’s 1898-1899 development of the world’s first underground power station.  Baker was a civil engineer who built the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway to the Cascade foothills and platted the town of Snoqualmie. While surveying and constructing the track at Snoqualmie Falls, he recognized the tremendous hydroelectric potential and pursued its development. Baker’s early work defines the community to this day. (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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