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Webinar – add Native American materials to existing curriculum
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National Archives and Records Administration
Date: 10/15/2015, 5-6 PM or 10/24/2015, 8-9 AM

Learn how to incorporate Native American and other ethnic materials into your social studies, history, or language arts curriculum. This webinar looks closely at two National Archives chapters in the new Honoring Tribal Legacies Handbook and Sample Curriculum, Primary Sources for American Indian Research and Exploring Your Own Community (an Intermediate unit plan). Each of these chapters focuses on the inclusion of Native and non-Native primary sources from a variety of stakeholders, including the learner him/herself, and can be adapted to any age group. (more…)


Developing successful museum programs workshop
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White River Valley Museum and Washington State Historical Society
Date: 11/3/2015, 9 AM – noon

From author talks to community festivals, public programming is a vital component to any historical agency. This workshop will focus on how to develop and plan programming to fit the needs of your community while working within your limitations.  (more…)


Heritage Capital Projects workshop coming to King County

Washington State Historical Society
Date: 11/3/2015, 1-4 PM

Washington State’s Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grants can cover up to one-third the cost of eligible capital projects that preserve and interpret Washington’s history and heritage. Local organizations need knowledge about this grant opportunity and the skills to create a compelling project and a competitive application.  Free HCP Outreach Workshops are being scheduled now  – to meet these needs and groom future applicants for funding during the 2017-2019 state biennium. (more…)


AASLH offers online courses
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Thanks to StEPs 4Culture’s countywide efforts, we know that many of the historical societies and heritage museums in King County are already members of AASLH (the American Association for State and Local History) and enrolled in the StEPs (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Registration is now open for three online courses starting in October. AASLH’s online courses are a convenient way to gain important professional tools without leaving your computer. (more…)


Celebrate Archives Month with three local archives
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King County bridgeIn celebration of Archives Month, the King County Archives, Seattle Municipal Archives, and University of Washington, Special Collections will be co-hosting an archives showcase on Thursday, October 22. “Bridges to the Past” will take place in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue) from 2:30-4 PM that day. The public is cordially invited to attend.



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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