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EC 150 – plans develop around regional commemoration
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Edward S. Curtis self portrait

Several of Western Washington’s cultural institutions are planning exhibits and programming around the 2018 sesquicentennial of photographer Edward Curtis’s birth, a Seattle-based photographer who was considered one of the most prominent practitioners of his time. But organizers are doing more than commemorating the man who became famous for documenting, and in some cases staging, what he perceived as a disappearing way of life for Native Americans across North America.

The name for this project is now called “The North American Indian and Edward S. Curtis,” with emphasis on examing the legacy of Curtis’ depictions of Native American life at the turn of the 20th century, but latitude also for ancillary projects relating to other perspectives, other aspects of photography of that era, and much more. (more…)


Call for papers – The Crisis in Black Education
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Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Early Bird submission deadline: 4/15/2017

In conjunction with its 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference in Cincinnati, which will focus on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History seeks proposals for individual papers and organized panels.

The Conference will be held at the Hilton Cincinnati – Netherland Plaza Hotel, and will run from September 27 – October 1, 2017. (more…)


Barn Again historic barn preservation program

King County Historic Preservation
Application deadline: 4/21/2017

King County’s Historic Preservation Program has announced the second of two rounds of this program which is meant to provide funds for the stabilization and rehabilitation of historic barns and outbuildings that are historically associated with the working life of a farm, as well as community gathering places associated with agricultural organizations, such as grange halls.

In 2017, up to $250,000 will be awarded. To be eligible for funding, buildings must be over 40 years old, located in King County, in need of substantial repair, and still ocnvey their historic character. (more…)


On-site reviewers needed
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Do you like going to arts or heritage events around King County for free? Do you have experience in one or more artforms, or with King County heritage? Are you a thoughtful and articulate writer? Then you could become an On-Site Reviewer for 4Culture! 4Culture is seeking a team of around 30 qualified individuals to go to events produced by organizations around King County who receive funding from our Sustained Support program. On-Site Reviewers could do anywhere from 1-3 reviews each month, and will receive a stipend of $35 per review. (more…)


Museum director opening
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Greater Kent Historical Society
Application deadline: 3/24/2017

The Greater Kent Historical Society seeks to fill a professional and administrative position in the management and operations of a historical museum. The Museum Director will supervise staff, volunteers and contractors; manage the Museum division operation budget and the earned income budget and the facility; and create, develop and execute exhibits and educational programs and theme curriculum. The position is the principle staff to the GKHS Board of Directors. (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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