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AKCHO Annual Awards Program honors efforts throughout county
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AKCHO Board Legacy Award honoree Dorothy Cordova

The AKCHO Board of Trustees is pleased to announce its list of 2015 AKCHO Award recipients. The following will be honored at AKCHO’s Annual Awards Program on Tuesday, April 28, at the Museum of History & Industry. The honorees are:

  • AKCHO Board Legacy Award – Dorothy Cordova
  • Charles Payton Award for Heritage Advocacy – Scott Cline
  • Education Award – Klondike Gold Rush Museum and UW Museology Graduate Program for their exhibit, Community of Courage – A Japanese American Story 
  • Exhibit Award – Wing Luke Museum for Do You Know Bruce?
  • Long Term Project Award – Karen Meador for Military Road: A Lasting Legacy
  • Single Impact Event Award – Southwest Seattle Historical Society for restoration of the Admiral Way Totem Pole
  • Technology – Burke Museum for Waterlines
  • Virginia Marie Folkins Award – Fred Poyner IV for The First Sculptor of Seattle
  • Willard Jue Memorial Award/Staff – Victoria Stiles, Shoreline Historical Museum
  • Willard Jue Memorial Award/Volunteer – Rick Sever
  • Youth Award – Museum of History & Industry for the MOHAI Youth Advisors Program

The general public and especially AKCHO members are invited to attend this event. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Doors open at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7:15 PM. Admission is free.



AKCHO meets in Woodinville – discusses conservation best practices
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Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas (second from left) with members of the Woodinville Heritage Society, hosts of our March 2015 AKCHO meeting

Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas was on hand to greet AKCHO members at AKCHO’s March 21 meeting, which was hosted by the Woodinville Heritage Society at the Sammamish Valley Grange.

The meeting featured a talk by conservation expert Linda Roundhill, who specializes in three-dimensional objects – “from refrigerator magnets to mummies.” Roundhill discussed the importance of distinguishing between organic and inorganic objects, because they have different qualities which are subject to different vulnerabilities.

In an information-packed Powerpoint presentation on “The Ten Agents of Deterioration,” Roundhill discussed each of the following agents at length, and the best ways to prevent them: (more…)


Work begins to repair iconic log building
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Six years after a fire devastated the historic Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead restaurant, a new owner is promising to restore the venerable log structure. Mercer Island builder/investor Dennis Schilling has plans to renovate the building, and is receiving moral and other support from local historic preservation advocates. First and foremost, the neighboring Southwest Seattle Historical Society has agreed to give up a portion of the easement parking rights it had been granted in an adjacent lot, in order for Schilling to try to build a small apartment building there, which would help fund the renovation. For the full story, click here


Leading actress in Taproot Theatre production was child of desegregation
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taproot_enemies_pr-121_BEd. note: Taproot Theatre is offering a $5 discount to AKCHO members on regularly priced tickets to Best of Enemies. You can redeem this discount by using the code “AKCHO” either on the phone with the Taproot Theatre box office 206-781-9707 or online at This offer cannot be used with any other discounts.

Taproot Theatre is presenting Best of Enemies from March 25 through April 25. Set after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the play focuses on the real life reconciliation between C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater; one a member of the Ku Klux Klan, the other a civil rights activist and civic leader. In 1971, the schools of Durham, North Carolina were racially segregated until C.P. and Ann were forced to work together to solve the problem. While neither saw advantages to co-chairing the gathering, they both decided that having only one side in charge was even worse. (more…)


New AKCHO member benefit from Next Exit History
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NEH-smartphoneAKCHO is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Next Exit History (NEH), a heritage tourism and economic development engine, to offer a new benefit to AKCHO members in 2015. NEH is designed to drive consumers into communities, accomplishing this through a suite of web and mobile applications that identify site-specific information about historic/cultural/natural history locations and events. Each site is geo-tagged using industry standard mapping APIs and is accompanied by a written narrative, images, and other media. The NEH database currently contains information on roughly 57,000 sites worldwide, with most locations in the United States and Canada.

For 2015, AKCHO members are eligible for one site entry in Next Exit History, and they will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on additional NEH products and services. AKCHO member-provided content should be upload-ready according to NEH guidelines. Scalable content can be changed or expanded over time. This offer is non-exclusive, so AKCHO members can place their site content on other digital platforms and are not constricted to hosting their data only on NEH. 

NEH’s History Hunters interactive game allows users to check in at sites they visit, answer trivia and scavenger hunt questions, earn badges for their accomplishments, and challenge their friends via Facebook. In addition, NEH contains thematic or locational backpacks that can be downloaded to a mobile device and used without a cell or Wi-Fi connection. There are no annual fees and NEH is free to download.

If you are interested in having your organization avail itself of this opportunity, please contact Barbara McMichael at for further instructions.



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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