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April concludes with National Park Week
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Rangers at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park are inviting families to come and discover Washington state’s National Park Service sites without having to leave the city. The park’s newest scavenger hunt is designed to get kids 10 and under familiar with the urban park while providing their caregivers tips on visiting the 12 featured sites. Kids who complete the activity will be sworn in as Junior Rangers and will receive a special surprise. (more…)


Lofting class
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The Center for Wooden Boats
Dates: 5/30-31 and 10/3-4/2015

Lofting is a vital tool, typically the first step in building a new boat. It is a fascinating mental exercise in three-dimensional management and layering. We will discuss construction details, set-up, and building molds for the real thing. Newcomers, put on your thinking caps! Veterans may even learn a trick or two. Price $250/ Taught by instructor Eric Hvalsoe. Click here for more information.


Hoboes and homelessness
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Shaun Doll_hobo signsby Elizabeth P. Stewart

What could art possibly have to tell us about homelessness? With history as the nexus between art and current events, an exhibit of work by artist Shaun Doll at the Issaquah Depot Museum creates the opportunity for us to consider homelessness in all its dimensions, from the romantic hobo “riding the rails” to today’s pernicious stereotypes of all homeless people as lazy or mentally ill. (more…)


When Less Is All You Got – free collections care webinar
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IMLS Connecting to Collections Care webinar
4/21/2015, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

This free webinar presents budget-conscious solutions to protect collections on display and in storage. In an ideal world, all buildings that house and display collections would have purpose-designed environmental control systems that work, enclosed display cases, chemically-neutral storage and display cases and containers, and enough trained staff to care for collections. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The first part of the webinar will illustrate the diagnostic effects of the lack of environmental controls, and will discuss budget-conscious solutions to protect collections on display and in storage. The second part will deal with proper storage and display conditions so that objects can weather minor disruptions. If you don’t have ideal storage and display conditions, you need to have regularly updated priority lists of objects (in order of vulnerability) to check during/after an environmental failure or change. (more…)


How Birds Fly
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Museum of Flight
Now through 9/7/2015

Aviation’s feathered friends are the subjects of the Museum’s new, temporary exhibit, How Birds Fly, opening April 11. The exhibit encapsulates the beauty, diversity and wonder of bird flight in relation to aviation. It was developed from a colorful blending of Museum of Flight aeronautical expertise in partnership with the ornithological resources of the Burke Museum.  

The exhibit combines bird skeletons, feathers and wings from the Burke, with  photographs by guest curator Dr. Peter Cavanagh. Cavanagh is a birder, photographer and University of Washington biomechanist. Cavanagh will give a public lecture at the exhibit on April 11 at 2 PM.

 How Birds Fly explores bird evolution, anatomy, and behavior, as well as the influence birds have had on human flight from the designs of Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright brothers, to today’s aerospace engineers. 

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5-9 PM courtesy of Wells Fargo.



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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