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4Culture Sustained Support now available

Deadline: 10/15/2014

4Culture’s Sustained Support program provides operating support for King County-based nonprofit cultural organizations, municipal preservation agencies and local arts agencies. Until 5 PM on Wednesday, October 15, organizations and agencies can apply for two-year support and, if funded, can use the awarded amount for nearly anything to do with operations: staffing, supplies, utilities, rent, programming, etc. Sustained Support is offered every two years. (more…)


AASLH seeks new president
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Categories: Employment

American Association of State and Local History
Accepting applications now

The American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), a 6,000-strong membership organization headquartered in Nashville, TN, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of President and CEO. AASLH – “your home for history” — provides leadership and support for its members across North America who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. (more…)


Temporary, targeted professional assistance can move your program forward
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Categories: Sound Off

Archivist Elizabeth Stiles Knight

by Elizabeth Stiles Knight

On April 26, 2014, the Skykomish Historical Society (SHS) celebrated its move into a new space, the historic Maloney Store, on Railroad Avenue. It was a dream fulfilled for the SHS to have collections housed together; adequate workspace for staff, volunteers and researchers; and an inviting museum space that contains displays, browsing binders of historical photographs, a catalog workstation, and SHS historical publications and merchandise. After years of building up the collections, cataloging, developing outreach programs, expanding its membership, and fundraising, the SHS was anxious to have a professional needs assessment survey performed,. The survey would identify what they were doing right, what improvements were needed (particularly in terms of collections care) and what their priorities should be for the future. The SHS also wanted to to have a professional articulate proper archival processes and procedures and train volunteers who then can continue to apply sound methods.  (more…)


Museums – Building Collections, Building Community conference
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Categories: Education

seattlecentrallibrarySociety of Architectural Historians

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians hosts a three-day conference in Seattle this October.  This year’s theme is “Museums: Building Collections, Building Community” focusing on the area’s unparalleled number of museums devoted to history in historic buildings. 

Tour the award-winning Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), located in a former armory building on South Lake Union; enjoy social hour on the historic Virginia V, the last of the famed Mosquito fleet of steamboats; and visit Seattle’s International District including stops the Nisei Veterans Hall, Wing Luke Museum, and Klondike Gold Rush Museum.  The final day is reserved for a ferry trip to Bainbridge Island to visit museums and the Bloedel Reserve. 


2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant program

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Deadline: 10/6/2014

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 104 projects totaling over $96,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include services such as hiring professional expertise for the production of as-built drawings, a Historic Structures Report (HSR), or a feasibility study for the adaptive use of a historic resource. (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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