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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
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Categories: Exhibits

Photo courtesy of MOHAI, circa 1900

Museum of History & Industry
Now through 5/31/2018

Cats and dogs are a familiar presence in Seattle. It’s no wonder that they officially outnumber human children in our city. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs brings together rarely seen objects and images from MOHAI’s collection taking a closer look at Puget Sound history through the stories of cats and dogs. Guaranteed fun for animal lovers of all ages–this exhibit shows the importance of these animals throughout history. (more…)


Call for proposals – Transcending Boundaries
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Washington Museum Association
Proposal deadline: 12/11/2017 
The Washington Museum Association will be holding its annual conference from June 20-22, 2018, in Bellingham. The theme will be Transcending Boundaries, and WaMA is currently inviting proposals for presentations, workshops/interactive sessions or panels. Topics may include: opportunities, collaboration, exhibit development, audience engagement, collections stewardship, technology, cultural tourism, interpretation, museum management and leadership, and/or fundraising. Visit call for proposals for more information. 

As museums continue to explore new ways to engage communities in conversations that bridge cross-cultural boundaries, they also help bring acceptance of differences of opinion, create stronger cross-cultural collaborations with tribal groups and under-served communities.


Call for proposals – Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West
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Western History Association Annual Conference 
Proposal deadline: 12/1/2017


The Western History Association Annual Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from October 17-20, 2018. Participants will be considering the theme of “Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.”  

The program committee invites papers and presentations that explore the historical origins, legacy, and construction of race and ethnicity in the North American West. Visit  call for papers for more information.   Especially welcome are panels that address the complex intersections of race, gender, class, and ethnicity from a variety of perspectives.


WWI exhibit available
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Photo of soldiers at Camp Lewis courtesy of Washington State Historical Society

To honor and commemorate the World War One Centennial, Washington State Historical Society has created a 

special exhibit, available free of charge to heritage and cultural organizations, schools and higher education institutions, libraries, military and government agencies.This interesting exhibit is easy to print and display.    
The WWI exhibit files will be emailed in PDF format to quantifying organizations with suggestions for programming and display.   Production files are available in the following sizes: 11 x 18, 18 x 24, or 24 x 36 inches.   




Tax reform bill would affect history orgs
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AASLH, the American Association of State and Local History, is advising heritage advocates to contact their elected representatives in Congress this week to let them know about the impact that proposed tax reform legislation would have on history organizations.

On Thursday, November 10, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) unveiled the Tax Cuts and Job Act (H.R. 1). This tax reform legislation includes the elimination of several provisions vital to nonprofits and history organizations. AASLH recommends that you call or e-mail your congressional delegation this week and let them know that the removal of these items from the tax code will greatly impact your community and organization. Time is of the essence as the bill is scheduled to come up for a vote before the Thanksgiving break.

Here are specific items that will impact history organizations:

  • Charitable Giving Incentives: The doubling of the standard deduction proposed by the bill will put itemized deductions “out of the reach for 95 percent of American taxpayers,” according to the National Council of Nonprofits. In 2017, research from the Indiana University Lilly school of Philanthropy found that without the tax benefit at least $13 billion in annual giving could disappear for the nonprofit sector which includes history organizations and museums. The American Alliance of Museums has an issued a brief with more details on the impact of the removal of the charitable giving deduction.
  • Federal Historic Tax Credit: This tax credit, established during the Reagan administration, is a widely used redevelopment tool for abandoned and underutilized properties, from inner cities to small towns across the country. Since 1981, the credit has leveraged more than $131 billion in private investment, created more than 2.4 million jobs, and preserved over than 42,000 buildings that form the historic fabric of our nation. It is a vital tool for historic preservation that should be encouraged. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a video you can share with your members along with language to use to contact your legislators.
  • Nonprofit Nonpartisanship: The legislation includes language that would significantly weaken the protection from partisan politics that has for decades enabled charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations to remain focused on their missions and problem-solving in their communities. The Johnson Amendment, signed into law by President Eisenhower, prevents 501(c)(3) organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office or diverting charitable assets from mission to fund partisan campaigns. As stated in the Council of Nonprofits’ news release: “The constitutionally suspect change proposed in the House bill would destroy the safe space where people can currently come together, ignoring party labels, to worship and solve community problems.”
  • Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT): The bill proposes several changes to UBIT liability. It would narrow the exemption for nonprofits by taxing employee fringe benefits such as parking and mass transit and applying only to income derived from research that is made freely available to the public.”

Contact your federal legislators today to ask them to protect these provisions which are so important to keeping history organizations on mission and assets to their community. Click here to locate your Senator or Congressional Representative.



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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