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CAWA study group results
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James Kraft, CAWA executive director, speaks to study group participants

James Kraft, CAWA executive director, speaks to study group participants

by Joe Follansbee

4Culture has reported the results of discussions by a series of study groups generating ideas for a potential new funding program based on the Cultural Access for Washington law. Five groups of arts, heritage, and culture representatives from around King County looked at eligibility, large regional organizations, smaller community organizations, education, and county-wide cultural initiatives. AKCHO representatives attended several of the study group meetings in July and August. Executive Director Jim Kelly and 4Culture staff presented their findings September 21 at Washington Hall in Seattle.

The Legislature passed the CAWA law in 2015. It allows counties to place a ballot measure before voters that would increase the sales tax to support cultural activities, including heritage and historic preservation. 4Culture plans to present the outline of a program for determining eligibility, funding criteria, and distribution of the funds to the County Council late this year. Revenue for the program could total tens of millions of dollars a year.
If the Council approves the plan, it would place a measure on the August or November 2017 ballot. Because 4Culture is not allowed to participate in electoral politics, another organization, Cultural Access Washington would run a campaign for passage. However, Kelly said, cultural organizations will be asked to testify on the program presented to the Council. AKCHO member boards may also endorse a Yes vote on a potential initiative. (Under IRS regulations, 501(c)3 organizations are allowed to endorse ballot measures, but not individual candidates for office.)
If the proposed initiative passes, the first funds could be awarded in 2019.
For more details on the CAWA study group findings, visit or call 4Culture at 206-296-7580.
Joe Follansbee is a past president of AKCHO and currently serves on AKCHO’s Advocacy Committee.


The Basis of Historical Research
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Washington state Archives, Puget Sound Branch
Date: 10/1/2016, 10 AM – 1:30 PM

This workshop provides a practical, three-hour overview for students, teachers, local heritage volunteers and family researchers. You’ll learn the basic steps for gathering the information, investigating and interpreting a historical topic for a museum exhibit, lass project, community celebration, research article, History Day, classroom-based assessment (CBA) or personal historical interest. (more…)


Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian Project
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The Seattle Public Library's Asia Tail reviews an event-planning exercise.

The Seattle Public Library’s Asia Tail explains an event-planning exercise.

Stakeholders from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Daybreak Star Center in Seattle on September 9 as part of an ongoing effort to plan for the 2018 sesquicentennial of photographer and ethnologist Edward S. Curtis’s birth. (more…)


File cabinets, anyone?
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The Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive has just installed new mobile shelving, which means that they now have nine file cabinets and a fire safe that need to be moved from the Archive to free up floor space. These will be given away for free to any AKCHO organization that can use them, if they come to the Archive in Burien with transportation to take as many of them away as they need. First come, first served. 

The available cabinets include:

  • One 2-drawer, letter-sized file cabinet, 15” wide by 18” deep.
  • One 2-drawer, legal-sized file cabinet, 18” wide by 26” deep.
  • Three 3-drawer, legal-sized file cabinets, 18” wide by 28” deep.
  • One 4-drawer, letter-sized file cabinet, 15” wide by 24” deep.
  • Two 4-drawer, letter-sized file cabinets, 15” wide by 26.5” deep.
  • One 4-drawer, letter-sized file cabinet, 15” wide by 25” deep.
  • Two-drawer fire safe, 28″ wide by 33″ deep by 27″ high.

If interested in any of the above, please contact Gary Tarbox at to get the address of the Archive and arrange a time for pick-up.


UW Museology Program seeks internships
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With Fall Quarter starting soon at the University of Washington, UW Museology students are starting to look for internship opportunities. If your organization has a project that would make for a great fall internship, e-mail the Museology Program’s Student Experience Coordinator Dylan High with the details that can be posted in the next Museology internship email. You can also submit a posting by filling out this form. The Fall quarter runs from September 28 – December 16 (you can find the calendar for the full academic year here).




Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

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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The 2016 AKCHO Awards Program takes place on June 7 at the Northwest African American Museum. It is free and open to the general public, but please RSVP by May 28. For more information, click on this link: Awards-Invitation 2016-FINAL


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