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Digital Directions Conference – Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
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Categories: Education

Northeast Document Conservation Center
Dates: 8/21-23/2017

Whether you are just getting started on a digitization project, need a refresher on updated best practices, or are developing an action plan to help make the case for a digitization project with your administration, this unique program will give you the big picture. Here is the agenda for the Digital Directions conference:

Please register by August 10. The Digital Directions conference is geared toward practitioners at libraries, archives, museums, historical organizations, town and city clerks and other government agencies, tribal libraries and archives, corporate archives and libraries, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Our participants come from across the US, Canada, and internationally. Students and independent professionals welcome. Make long-lasting connections with colleagues who share your challenges.

The Conference venue is the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, located at 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, in downtown Seattle. The first day of the Conference is also the day of the solar eclipse. (Seattle will will experience a 92% eclipse.) Expect a special eclipse activity during the morning break!

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Smith Brothers Farms, a Kent Legacy
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Kent Historical Museum

Smith Brothers Farms is a Kent-based, family-owned and operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. One of the largest independent dairies in the region, the company processes and delivers milk and other dairy products to more than 50,000 homes every week. The exhibit includes artifacts from doing nine decades of business – everything from business ledgers, milk crates, milk bottles, uniforms, photographs, and a framed Milkman Creed! 

The museum, 855 E Smith Street in Kent, has extended hours for summer – 10 AM – 4 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit


Call for articles from emerging history professionals

AASLH History News Magazine
Deadline: 8/15/2017

Emerging History Professionals are taking over the Winter 2018 issue of the American Association for State and Local History’s History News magazine! The issue will be guest co-edited by emerging history professionals Hope Shannon and Hannah Hethmon. Features and articles will all focus on Emerging History Professionals and reflect their insights and opinions about the field.
Anyone in the early stages of a public history career, broadly defined, is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who identify as belonging to this community. (more…)


Voters reject Access for All by narrow margin
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With all but 9,000 ballots counted at King County Elections headquarters, Access for All campaign manager Jack Sorensen on Monday, August 7, officially announced that the campaign for King County Proposition One has conceded defeat.

“With the ballots that have been counted since election day, we made it to 49 percent,” Sorensen said, “…given how few are left to be counted we won’t be able close the gap in the coming days.”

He went on to say that campaign workers and supporters had a lot to be proud of, from completing hundreds of volunteer shifts, to mobilizing dozens of organizations and phone banking tens of thousands of voters.

“[W]e introduced thousands of voters to the importance of arts, science and heritage programs — many of whom had never thought about a cultural access program before. That’s a victory in itself,” Sorensen said.

The 4Culture Board also has responded to the loss, noting that Prop One required the creation and implementation of geographic and equity plans to guide the distribution of funds.

“Even though the measure did not pass, we recognize the necessity of these plans and pledge to move forward with work on them,” the Board said in a statement.

Sorensen encouraged Access for All supporters to continue working for the principles Proposition One espoused. “As I’ve said, we didn’t give up in Olympia, we didn’t give up in the King County Council, and we’re not giving up today.”


Window of Opportunity – window restoration learning lab
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Historic Seattle
Date options: 8/6, 8/13, or 8/27/2017, 9 AM – 5 PM

Historic Seattle presents a new opportunity to learn one of the essential skills of historic preservation – window restoration. This is a hands-on workshop for homeowners, DIY enthusiasts, preservationists, handy people, and anyone looking to learn a new skill. In this daylong session at Seattle’s historic Washington Hall, you’ll learn the fundamentals of repairing and rebuilding wood windows from experts. Representatives from Bear Wood Windows, a veteran-owned company, will teach these day-long courses, providing each participant with hands-on, comprehensive knowledge of standard wood framed windows. (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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