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AKCHO Awards – at NAAM this year

Registration is now closed for AKCHO’s biggest event of the season, the 2016 AKCHO Awards, which happens Tuesday, June 7, 5-8 PM, at the Northwest African American Museum.

The AKCHO Board of Directors thanks Pat Filer and her hard-working committee of volunteers for selecting a praiseworthy slate of AKCHO Awards recipients for 2016. King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer will preside as the Master of Ceremonies for this event, where the following heritage groups and individuals will be honored: (more…)


A peek behind the curtain at the Wing
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Inspired by Bruce - AKCHO members pose with Seattle's own martial arts superstar, Bruce Lee

Inspired by Bruce – AKCHO members pose with Seattle’s own martial arts superstar, Bruce Lee

by Kent Sturgis, AKCHO Board/Advocacy Chair

The monthly AKCHO membership meeting on May 31 took members behind the scenes for a fascinating and instructive look at how an exhibit paying tribute to Bruce Lee, martial-arts icon and international film and TV star, was mounted by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Cassie Chinn, the museum’s deputy executive director, discussed the project’s challenges and joys. The initial goal: gain support from the Lee family and their Bruce Lee Foundation for an ambitious effort to create a series of three progressive exhibits – one each year – exploring the life of the first Asian to achieve superstar status on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. (more…)


Ask an Archivist: How do we build a digital toolkit

It’s a great idea to broaden your reach with digital tools and platforms – and many of them are free! Here are some ideas you can use to engage millennials and Generation Z folks in your organization. These resources will also increase knowledge of your organization, collections and community. Now is the time to tap the power of the digital age to achieve your mission. It’s easier than ever! (more…)


Above and Beyond
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Museum of Flight
Now through 9/10/2016

Above and Beyond is designed to be the most interactive touring exhibition on aerospace, with approximately 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a 180-degree immersive theater presentation, a high-tech media-rich historical timeline, a simulated space elevator ride, a challenge to design and test a supersonic fighter jet in a virtual high-speed flying competition, and an avatar-based motion-capture group experience that demonstrates flight like a bird.  
Above and Beyond uses fully immersive experiences to explore the impact of aerospace in our world – and beyond. Explored through five key themes that define flight and space travel – “Up, Faster, Higher, Farther, and Smarter.”
Above and Beyond launches just as Boeing enters its second century of aerospace achievement. Supporting the exhibit is an important element of Boeing’s centennial commemoration. The Museum of Flight preserves the world’s greatest collection of Boeing artifacts.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila. 


Thinking Thing Through: How not to ask a stranger for a favor

by Brandon Claycomb

Last month we talked about connecting with potential supporters. If you’re trying to expand your audience, this may mean meeting with people you don’t know well, who may come from significantly different demographic backgrounds than those currently represented on your board. Indeed, that is likely one of the reasons you are reaching out to them.

Many such meetings never happen because they never get called. The suggestions below may seem obvious, but I share them because they work and because so many organizations get stuck at this point. And that makes it worth going back to basics. (more…)



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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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