The Association of King County Historical Organizations – AKCHO – is a leading proponent of King County’s history and heritage activities.  We provide a meeting place of ideas and a forum for the issues that confront museums and heritage organizations. We appreciate your interest and welcome your participation!


THE HERITAGE ADVISOR

The newsletter of the Association of King County Historical Organizations

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AKCHO Annual Awards Program

The Association of King County Historical Organizations annually recognizes outstanding achievement in heritage activities through a series of awards to organizations and individuals.  This is a time for the historical community to come together to share achievements and what’s happening within King County.  We hope you can join us.
 
The 2019 AKCHO Awards for activities conducted in 2018 and the annual Board and Board Legacy Awards recognizing individual and organizational long-term achievement will be presented at a gathering Tuesday, April 30, at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Ave, Seattle. King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski will be the emcee for the evening.
 
The event will include an opportunity to visit the galleries, enjoy refreshments and the presentation of awards. A display table will be available for AKCHO member organizations to each post a handout, brochure or other printed item (space is limited so each organization may offer just one item). The event is open to all.

The schedule for the evening is

   5 pm  Registration opens and galleries are available for viewing

   5:15 – 6:30 pm  Light refreshments in the Legacy Hall

   6:30 – 8 pm  Awards Program

AKCHO is very appreciative of the generous Awards Program sponsors

 

Advocacy: Learn about Access for All legislation

Access for All Brown Bag Briefing’s hosted by Manny Cawaling of Washington State Cultural Alliance will be held at their office in The Cloud Room on Capitol Hill for any questions regarding the Access for All legislation. If you would like to participate but are unable to attend in person please find call-in information below. Upcoming briefings will take place on April 12th, 19th, and 26th from 12:30 – 1:30pm.  

Call in Instructions

Dial-in number (US): (605) 472-5605  

Access code: 935390#      

 

Advocacy In Action: Update on the Garden House

On February 20, the Seattle Landmark Board voted unanimously to nominate the Garden House (officially known as the Turner-Koepf House) and its grounds for preservation.  The Garden House is believed to be the first house built on Beacon Hill.  It was sold on October 10, 2018 to a private party. 
 
This step is only midway through the landmark designation process. The City of Seattle has supplied this handy flow chart (in which all the cartoon figures are smiling) to describe the process.

At a meeting on April 3, the Landmarks Preservation Board will review the designation and decide what will be covered.  It might be the building with its grounds, only the building, only the exterior, or only certain parts of the building.  Then, the board will vote whether to approve the nomination.

The details of the April 3 meeting have not yet been posted.  For information about the meeting and comment deadlines, please check either the list of meetings on the Landmarks Preservation Board website or the Save the Garden House website. What you can do to help is attend the meeting, send in your comments, and write the City to request a public meeting on the proposed plans to build five townhouses at the site, which would mean removing the pear orchard.

 

Preservation Advocacy

Want to learn how to be an effective preservation advocate? 

Historic Seattle is offering a series of three workshops designed to build your grassroots preservation advocacy toolkit.

February 23rd 10 am – noon Tools and Strategies

March 9th 10 am – noon Landmark Nomination

April 6th 10 am – noon Researching Historic Properties

Sign up for one, two, or the whole series! To learn more and register click this link – https://historicseattle.org/events/list/.

 

Historic Preservation – North Bend Timber Company Building

The AKCHO board of trustees supports the restoration of a historic building which housed the offices and workshop of the North Bend Timber Company.  It is a vital reminder of the logging and railroad history of the Snoqualmie Valley.  The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum has also expressed approval of the project.

The 2,400 square foot building was located at 44711 East North Bend Way in North Bend; where it was scheduled to be torn down to make way for a new substation of the Tanner Electric Cooperative.  A group of preservationists dismantled the building in November and moved the building parts to a 2-acre property about a mile away from the original site, along the same railroad tracks. 

The owners, North Bend Art and Industry, hope to raise about $100,000 to re-assemble the building at this new location and convert it to an arts center.  They would welcome letters of support to use in fundraising.  If you would like to write a letter of support, the contact is Beth Burrows at the North Bend Theatre. Contact information is below.

North Bend Theatre

Attn: Beth Burrows

 249 Main Ave. S.

 Suite 107/#307

 North Bend, WA 98045

425-499-2897

business@northbendtheatre.com

 

For more information:

https://www.gofundme.com/rescue-north-bend-historic-building

 


ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER

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 heritageadvisor@akcho.org.

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit http://www.akcho.org/members.

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!


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