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Plans underway to commemorate centennial of Lake Washington Ship Canal
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Mikala Woodward and Susan Connole display an historic map of Lake Washington

Mikala Woodward and Susan Connole display an historic map of Lake Washington

A wide range of organizations were represented last month at a meeting called by Mikala Woodward (former Rainier Valley Historical Society director and currently at the Wing Luke Museum) and Susan Connole (Friends of the Ballard Locks) to determine interest in commemorating the centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal (2016 – 2017). Archaeologists, artists, authors and historians were among those who gathered at the 4Culture offices to share ideas about resources and locally-managed interpretive projects that might be linked via a single website to mark this extraordinary feat of engineering.

Masterminded by Hiram M. Chittenden, the Seattle district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1900s, the Lake Washington Ship Canal project involved building the locks, flooding Salmon Bay, digging the Fremont Canal, creating the Montlake Cut, re-routing the Cedar River, and lowering Lake Washington. This project had enormous impacts on the region’s geography, economy, people, and cultures. (more…)


Building for Culture – Saving Landmarks

Deadline: 9/9/2015, 5 PM

This is a one-time, competitive grant round for capital projects involving designated or eligible properties (city, county, state, or national) – any building use or ownership type is okay.  Acquisition is also possible with a signed purchase agreement.

Request range:  $30K to $250K

Required one-to-one cash match, which can be documented back one year.  Match doesn’t have to be in hand, but each and every time a grantee invoices 4Culture, they will have to document $2 spent for every $1 being requested.

Minimum total project budget:  $60K (more…)


Building for Culture – Heritage Cultural Facilities

Deadline: 9/9/2015, 5 PM

4Culture’s Heritage Cultural Facilities program assists the heritage community with critical work enhancing the quality of life in King County, and creating a unique and authentic sense of place for residents and visitors in this rapidly changing region. Offered every 12 – 24 months, this program funds the purchase, design, construction, and remodeling of heritage facilities throughout the county. This year, 4Culture and King County government are partnering to make an exceptional $20 million investment in regional cultural infrastructure. The program will support jobs to create large, small, urban and rural arts and heritage facilities, improve access to cultural space for all, and preserve historic properties throughout King County. (more…)


September AKCHO membership meeting at NARA

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 10 AM – 12 PM
Host: National Archives and Records Administration
Address: 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Phone: 206-336-5115

Program: How the National Archives moved Alaska Records to Seattle

How would you move millions of fragile documents and just how much sleep would you lose knowing those records were on a ship making their way across the Gulf of Alaska? That was the challenge for the National Archives when, in a cost-cutting move, the decision was made to transfer most of its Alaska archives to its Seattle facility. NARA’s Seattle director, Susan Karren, will describe that challenge at AKCHO’s September member meeting. In addition to showing off some of the inherited items, she and lead metadata technician Marie Brindo-Vas will discuss the current project to digitize those records and lead a short tour of the digitization lab. (more…)


IMLS announces funding opportunity for conservation assessment

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Application deadline: 9/1/2015

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is releasing a special Notice of Funding Opportunity to fund a cooperative agreement to develop, test, and implement an affordable and accessible conservation assessment program to help small and midsize museums care for their collections. IMLS anticipates awarding a three-year cooperative agreement to one recipient, providing $50,000-500,000 in the first year and up to $800,000 in subsequent years to support the project. The application due date is September 1, 2015. (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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