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UW Museology Graduate Program’s Internship Fair

Dylan High would like to invite you to participate in the UW Museology Graduate Program’s internship fair! This year’s Internship Fair will be held on Friday, October 26, 2:30 – 4:30pm. You can sign up to be an exhibitor at the Internship Fair here. The internship fair is a great opportunity to talk with Museology graduate students to share opportunities you have at your organization and ways that you can contribute to mentoring the next generation of museum professionals.

It’s getting close to the start of the Autumn quarter, which means that some of the returning students may be looking for internship opportunities. If you have projects that you think would make for a great internship, you can send Dylan a copy of the posting at If you are looking for what to include in an internship posting for Museology students, you can use the template or the internship posting form found on our website. All internship postings are sent out in a weekly student e-newsletter to current Museology students.


“Promoting the Archive” – Greeks in Washington Project Opportunity





The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (Greeks in Washington) , is a “virtual museum” that has been in operation since 2009.  During that time an archive of over 700 items has been established which contains photographs, documents, artifacts, costumes and more. The archive is located at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  This is probably the most extensive collection of the experience of Greek immigrants and their descendants in Washington history.  There are no immediate plans to establish a physical museum, but the purpose is to increase use of or access to the collection. Most of the items in the archive have been photographed and entered into a searchable database which can be viewed under “THE COLLECTION” on the Museum home page.  While visits to the archive are available by appointment, its use has been limited.

This project will seek to accomplish the following tasks under the title of Promoting the Archiveand can serve as a thesis or “capstone” project. 

The person selected for this project will perform one or more of the following tasks and may develop additional tasks related to the purpose. Some of the tasks are “one time” events and others may be reoccurring.
Become familiar with the items in the archive
–Prepare photographs or a video of the archival space
–Prepare a brochure for Greeks in Washington to help promote the archive
–Publicize and communicate with other museums, historical or academic organizations
–Hold fellowship hours and connected “open houses” for the archive either for the Greek community, school visitations or the public
–Prepare displays using archival material for presentations either in the Assumption community center or for “traveling exhibits” in other historic, educational or museum settings

An initial stipend is available for this project and additional funds will be obtained as the project develops.  The project may begin as early as October 2018.

CONTACT:  John Nicon, 206 325 8554 or  


What’s Happening with the Showbox?

In August the Seattle City Council fast-tracked an ordinance to temporarily include the Showbox building in the Pike Place Market Historic District for 10 months. Including the site in the historic district gives the Pike Place Market Historical Commission authority over how the building is used, in addition to structural or cosmetic changes.  The city’s move was designed to block a proposed a 442-unit apartment building with the ground floor tenants being retailers by Vancouver, B.C., developer Onni Group that could result in the demolition of the Showbox, while exploring ways to preserve the music venue long-term. Since them a lawsuit has been filed that aims to invalidate the ordinance and failing that, lawyers will seek approximately $40 million in damages, based upon the property’s “fair and reasonable” market value. Also, in August Historic Seattle started a movement to nominate the Showbox for landmark status. A trial date has been set for Jan. 28, 2019.

We’ll continue to track what is happening with the fate of the Showbox and how we can assist in its preservation.


Another Seattle Church For Sale

The exterior of the University Christian Church is shown on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Seattle. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer


University Christian Church building, a 1928 Tudor Gothic sanctuary located at 4731 15th Ave NE is an architecturally significant building which will be sold, most likely to developers, because of a dwindling congregation.  The property is zoned for mixed-use buildings up to 65 feet tall. This KUOW article has photos of the interior and exterior of the building – The building is filled with stained glass, carvings, and other art.  More information about this building is available at the website:  The official press release about the pending sale of the building is on the church website:

There are a number of churches all over Seattle, and in the University District in particular, that have had to sell their historic buildings.  Examples are University Temple United Methodist and University Baptist Church

It’s important for the historical community to be advocates for the historic buildings and their contents in our communities.


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive Digital Archive Plan

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA) published an updated Digital Archive Plan in August 2018, following the completion of our Phase 2 Digital Archive Project.  This phase created a test website where we uploaded cataloged records describing a set of our collections which are compliant with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).  Rachael Christine Woody worked with PNRA to help us develop the DACS-specific language to describe our railroad terms and processes.  Any other AKCHO organizations that have contemplated converting their collection catalog to DACS search standards will be interested in reviewing PNRA’s updated plan.

The original Digital Archive Plan presented to AKCHO by Elizabeth Knight in 2016 has been updated to incorporate the lessons learned in the Phase 2 project.  The full Plan has been placed on PNRA’s website: to provide access for everyone.  If you have questions regarding our Digital Archive Plan or our Phase 2 project, please send them to

Gary Tarbox, PNRA Executive Director



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 $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

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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