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Invite your Congressional rep to your museum this summer
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Congress is in recess – what better time to invite your legislators to visit your museum? The American Alliance of Museums has a how-to guide to help you prepare for the visit, and encourages you to use #InviteCongress to share photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter. 

The House of Representatives approved $149.8 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $149.8 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities—a $1.9 million increase for each agency—in its FY 2017 Interior spending bill. As in previous years, forty percent of these funds will go directly to state arts agencies and state humanities agencies for regranting locally to museums and other arts and humanities organizations.

The House Appropriations Committee also approved a total of $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services—including $31.269 million for the Office of Museum Services—in its FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. 

The overall bill also allocates $1 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, which replaces numerous competitive grant programs. Because states and school districts have flexibility in how to focus these resources, museums have an opportunity to play a role in helping communities determine educational priorities.

For the first time in years, the subcommittee also proposed restoring funding for the Save America’s Treasures program, as requested by Alliance testimony.

If your museum has received a grant from IMLS, NEA, or NEH, the Alliance urges you to show off how these funds are being used during #InviteCongress.


Colman Pool: From Segregation to Integration, 1941-1944

Drawing on resources including Claiming the Oriental Gateway by Shelley Sang-Hee Lee and The Forging of a Black Community by Dr. Quintard Taylor, Lee O’Connor has created a YouTube video that shares how water safety concerns and civil rights were linked in combatting the Seattle Parks Department’s initially discriminatory admission policy in the 1940s at Colman Pool in Lincoln Park. The video is titled Colman Pool: From Segregation to Integration, 1941-1944.

Based in Seattle, O’Connor is author of Take Cover, Spokane: A History of Backyard Bunkers, Basement Hideaways, and Public Fallout Shelters of the Cold War. An excerpt from the book has just been printed in the Spring 2016 issue of the Washington State Historical Society magazine Columbia and he’s also working on a documentary film based on his book. Now O’Connor is turning his attention to a book about abandoned underground missile silos in the Columbia Basin. 


Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown

Seeing the LightDean Wong
Chin Music Press – $22.50

Dean Wong’s sensitive eye and man-of-the-people interviews bring North America’s Chinatowns to life: the drag queen deciding to stop his AIDS medications and die with dignity; the elderly Chinese American facing eviction as the neighborhood gentrifies; the man who challenged Bruce Lee to a fight … and lost. His photos and vignettes shed light on an oft-overlooked American experience. At turns, poignant, heartbreaking, and uplifting, Seeing the Light captures four decades of Asian American life in West Coast Chinatowns.

Dean Wong is an award-winning photojournalist who has been chronicling Asian American life for nearly 40 years. 


Pacific Science Center seeks historians to help develop new program
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Pacific Science Center
Applications due: 7/27/2016

The Pacific Science Center is seeking participants to join in the development of a new program called PacSci Connects that will explore the intersections between art, history, and the sciences. Guided by Science Center staff, interdisciplinary teams will explore a single theme from multiple lenses and approaches. Teams will participate in an intensive workshop series to design and create interpretative experiments that invite guests to participate in their work. Workshops will include skill-building activities that focus on communicating with public audiences about one’s own work.

Pacific Science Center seeks history professionals to take part in this program – successful candidates might include researchers, faculty, graduate students, public historians, law and policy experts, etc. (more…)


Handmade in Camp: What We Couldn’t Carry
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WRVM-what we couldn't carryWhite River Valley Museum
Date: Now through 11/6/2016

During World War II, Executive Order 9066 mandated the incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans to Concentration Camps. Allowed to bring only what they could carry in a suitcase, Japanese Americans had to make do with very few possessions. Consequently, they made furniture, clothing, tools and many other items with materials found in camp.

Over sixty items will be on display, most are family heirlooms borrowed from area households thus have never been seen by the public. The display features furniture, jewelry, tools, paintings, needlework, a scrapbook, games, toys and quilts. The objects will be accompanied by quotes from local families. Each item, whether a chest of drawers made from scrapped fruit crates or a piece of jewelry made from shells, is a testament to human ingenuity, craft and courage. (more…)



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

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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The 2016 AKCHO Awards Program takes place on June 7 at the Northwest African American Museum. It is free and open to the general public, but please RSVP by May 28. For more information, click on this link: Awards-Invitation 2016-FINAL


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