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City of Seattle seeks your cultural nominations
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The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts. The polls are open and nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Awards until Sunday, May 31.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: (more…)


Cordova honored with Legacy Award
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AKCHO President Alice Winship presenting the AKCHO Board Legacy Award to Dorothy Cordova

AKCHO President Alice Winship presenting the AKCHO Board Legacy Award to Dorothy Cordova

Ed. note: This is the final installment in our recap of all of the recipients of 2015 AKCHO Awards. If you have ideas for worthy projects or individuals who deserve consideration for a 2016 AKCHO Award, please contact our tireless Awards Committee Chair, Pat Filer at

Dorothy Cordova is the recipient of the 2015 AKCHO Board Legacy Award. She was born in Seattle and grew up in the Central District. Her parents had emigrated from the Philippines and when she became a mother herself, she wanted to make sure that her children and other Filipino American youth learned about their cultural legacy. In 1957, Dorothy helped establish the Filipino Youth Activities program and for over 40 years she created programs promoting Filipino heritage to a younger generation. (more…)


Civic Partners funding

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Deadline: 6/30/2015

The Civic Partners program awards two-year funding to arts and cultural organizations within Seattle city limits. The Civic Partner Program invests in the broad cultural community, helping organizations make a rich variety of arts, heritage and culture opportunities accessible to Seattle residents and visitors. Through this and all our programs, we are committed to removing barriers to participation and involving diverse cultures and underserved audiences and artists. (more…)


SWSHS totem pole unveiling celebrated for its impact
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SWSHSDozens of members from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society were on hand at the annual AKCHO Awards Program when Log House Museum director Clay Eals accepted AKCHO’s 2015 Single Impact Award to SWSHS for an event that is sure to be talked about for years to come – the unveiling of the Admiral Totem Pole at the Log House Museum.

The pole had stood for 40 years at Belvidere View Point Park in West Seattle, and time and weather had caused severe deterioration. In 2006, the City of Seattle replaced it with a newly carved pole and gave the Admiral Totem Pole to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society — with the understanding that it would be restored and raised at the Log House Museum on Alki. (more…)


AKCHO honors Sever for volunteerism
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SeverOut of a field of many deserving candidates, the AKCHO Awards Committee singled out Rick Sever to receive the 2015 Willard Jue Memorial Award in the volunteer category. Sever is a Seattle native and graduate in Art History from the University of Washington with a specialization in architectural history. His family has roots in Eastern Washington, with three families coming along the Oregon Trail in the 1850s. Sever’s design and building company, Sever Residential Construction, focuses on the renovation and rehabilitation of historic Seattle homes and properties.

Since 2003, Sever has been a member of Historic Seattle PDA council where he has served as chair – he’s also serving this year as vice president of the Historic Seattle Foundation. Sever has pursued the idea of preservation carpentry training for many years. In the mid-1990s, he co-founded Historic Seattle’s “Preserving Your Old House,” a program designed to provide practical information for people interested in maintaining their old homes. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Board at the Wood Technology Center at Seattle Central College. (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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