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The First Sculptor of Seattle

FirstSculptorby Fred Poyner IV
CreateSpace – 332 pp – $55

Whether you’re interested in art history, Native American culture, or the past lives of the city of Seattle, you’ll want to know more about early twentieth-century sculptor James A. Wehn. Encouraged to create art during one of his frequent periods of illness as a youth, James A. Wehn was introduced to his first mentor, painter Rowena Nichols Leinss, in 1895. In 1905, at twenty-three, Wehn started his first studio, becoming Seattle’s “First Sculptor.” Native Americans intrigued Wehn from an early age. His first completed bust was of Princess Angeline, the daughter of Chief Seattle. A few years later, he was commissioned to create his first public art piece: a statue honoring Chief Seattle that still stands today in the fountain at Tilikum Place in downtown Seattle. Wehn’s sculptures are significant not only for their artistic merit but also for their remarkable historical accuracy. (more…)


Heritage Caucus seeks presentation proposals
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The 2015 legislative session begins in about four weeks, and proposals for presentations during the regular meetings of the Heritage Caucus are now being accepted. Mark Vessey, with the Washington State Historical Society, says that the presentations need to be 10 minutes or less, and must fit into one of the following prioritized categories: (more…)


Capitol Hill’s auto row buildings up for landmarking
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The Pike Pine neighborhood on Seattle’s Capitol Hill has been undergoing significant redevelopment, but two remaining historic auto showrooms on 11th Avenue,  the Kelly-Springfield Motor Building and the White Motor Building, are coming before the Landmark Preservation Board on December 17 at 3:30 PM. Last month the Board voted to recommend the Kelly-Springfield Motor Building, which had been REI’s flagship store for more than three decades, as a historic landmark. Both this building and the White Motor Building were designed by noted Seattle architect Julian Everett, and both retain their interior and exterior architectural character. (more…)


Collections manager
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Nordic Heritage Museum
Application deadline: open until filled

The Nordic Heritage Museum seeks a collections manager to oversee all aspects of collections management, including the documentation, conservation, security, storage and proper exhibition of the Permanent Collections and other collections at the Museum. Read full job description here. (more…)


Ship models exhibit
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History House of Greater Seattle

Displaying the beautiful models of the Schooner Exact, the S.S. Beaver and the H.M.S. Discovery. History House is located at 790 N 34th Street in Seattle. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 5 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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