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Communicating History of Science and Technology
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Categories: Education

Pacific Science Center
Application deadline: 2/12/2018

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in partnership with Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Pacific Science Center is holding a winter workshop series on public engagement with the history of science and technology. The workshop series will give participants the opportunity to:

  1. Learn and practice skills for communicating history to diverse audiences through face-to-face, conversation-based interactions.

  2. Learn how to develop a hands-on educational activity or table-top exhibit to communicate history in a fun and interactive way.

  3. Reach a wider public for their work and promote apprecia-tion of history in our community.

The culminating events for the workshop series are two Meet a Historian events, which will take place at Pacific Science Center in parallel to our Meet a Scientist event. During Meet a Historian, workshop participants will present their hands-on educational activity or table-top exhibit to a public audience.

Historian participants will attend two in-person workshops to learn, practice communication skills, and develop a hands-on activity or table-top exhibit. Workshops are provided at no charge to participants. Each historian will receive a $50 stipend for supplies. After basic requirements are met, other public program opportunities can be developed based on participants’ interests and may include the Willard Smith Planetarium, NOAA’s Science On a Sphere, Science in the City, and more.

Workshop and Culminating Event dates:

• Saturday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Workshop 1)

• Optional individual phone/Skype meeting (between Workshops)

• Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. –12:30p.m. (Workshop 2)

• Saturday, April 28, 1–4 p.m. (Event 1: Meet a Historian)

• Participate in a second event before May 26 (Event 2: Meet a Historian)

Program Philosophy

Pacific Science Center has a long history of working with practicing scientists and we are excited to invite historians into our community. The processes of science and history share some characteristics. Both disciplines are open to alternative hypotheses and explanations, and rely on evidence to support an idea, theory or a model. Both historians and scientists are trained to develop the capacity to think critically and to solve complex problems. One discipline may spark an interest in the other; one may help a person understand the other more deeply.

The mission of Pacific Science Center is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Our award-winning, inter- active programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year—in their communities, classrooms, and on our campus. While we often use scientific content as the platform for our mission, we recognize that multiple disciplines support this goal. For many members of the public, a cross-disciplinary approach not only enhances their experience but provides a more holistic and realistic view of the world.

Who Should Apply?

We welcome historians from multiple areas of specialization. Although prior work related to science/technology is not
a prerequisite, an interest in science and openness to discussion is necessary. Historians will be asked to design a hands-on activity or table-top exhibit that explores the history of a science and technology-related topic. Pacific Science Center staff can provide guidance in selecting an appropriate topic. All participants will be asked to present their hands-on activity or table-top exhibit twice at Meet a Historian.

What are the benefits?

• Improve and practice skills in communicating about your work in an engaging and participatory workshop setting.

• Reach new audiences and promote appreciation of history in our community

• $50 supplies stipend.

• Opportunities for additional press, including invitations to be featured in the Pacific Science Center member newsletter or podcast.

• Exhibits and IMAX® passes for future use.

What are the requirements?

• You must have experience doing historical research and/or identify as a professional working in the humanities.

• Attend both workshops and culminating events.

• Develop a hands-on activity or table-top exhibit related to history of science and technology with support from our Pacific Science Center staff.

• Use your activity in at least two Meet a Historian events.

This project is funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This funding covers workshop costs for participants.

For more information, contact Carolina Chambers at



National History Day 2018
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Categories: Education
Right now, students across the state are diligently working on History Day projects ranging from papers to presentations and websites to documentaries. 
See their work at one of seven regional contests, held from late February through March. These events are full of energy and inspiration – for locations, times and dates, check here.
The state contest will be held Saturday, April 21, at Green River College in Auburn. 
History Day is a cherished annual opportunity for more than a thousand students across our state. The Historical Society is proud to be the coordinating agency. 
Judges and volunteers are needed at all levels; learn more about volunteering here, or email Katie DeMar-Aldrich, National History Day coordinator.


John Spellman: a tribute
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Categories: News

John D. Spellman, who ushered in the modern era of King County when he was elected to serve as the first King County Executive from 1969 to 1980, has died at age 91.

During his term as Executive, Spellman was a champion of historic preservation. He established the county’s historic preservation program, and he was instrumental in passing the King County Landmarks ordinance  in 1978 and creating the Landmarks Commission in 1980. He also initiated the first countywide survey of historic resources and developed the first comprehensive plan policies related to historic preservation.

In honor of that legacy, since 2001 King County has celebrated its heritage annually with the John D. Spellman Awards for accomplishments in historic preservation. (more…)


Preservation Special Projects funding

Application deadline: 2/28/2018, 5 PM

Preservation Special Projects funds the activities that are the building blocks of preserving our historic buildings and spaces in King County: neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, building assessments, planning projects, hiring experts, advocacy efforts, and more. To learn more about this opportunity and funding requirements, click here.

To get help with your application, plan to attend one of the following workshops:

Jan 18, 12 PM – 4Culture Office
Jan 24, 12 PM – Valley View Library [SeaTac]
Jan 31, 12 PM – Lake Forest Park Library
Feb 1, 12 PM – 4Culture Office
Feb 7, 12 PM – Issaquah Library
Feb 14, 12 PM – Auburn Library
Feb 15, 12 PM – 4Culture Office

For more information, contact Brandi Link, or 206-263-1593.


4Culture Heritage Projects funding

Deadline: 3/7/2018, 5 PM

As historians and researchers in King County work to uncover our region’s history, we learn more about where we come from and where we can go. Through Heritage Projects, 4Culture supports the people and organizations in King County who are making history relevant and provocative through exhibits, publications, oral histories, and more.

For more information, click here.  If you have questions, contact 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter, 206-263-1586 or



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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