AKCHO was established to encourage cooperation among historical organizations and to 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 to support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.
THE HERITAGE ADVISOR
The newsletter of the Association of King County Historical Organizations
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Category: May 2011
Dear Bob – A Recap of AKCHO Awards
The following is an excerpt from a letter written to 95+ year old Bob Eaton, longtime AKCHO board member and AKCHO Awards Committee member. Bob was unable to attend the Awards soiree due to declining health, so his friend Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Committee chair, decided to recap the evening for him and for any other AKCHO members who were unable to attend – as well as for those who did attend and wish to remember a truly inspirational evening. Read the rest of this article »
Latest on Lodging Tax
The 2011 regular legislative session adjourned on April 22 without any resolution of the King County lodging tax issue, but Governor Christine Gregoire called legislators back into Special Session last week to deal with unfinished business.
This keeps hope alive for King County-based cultural advocates, who had been keenly following the progress of two bills, HB 1997 and SB 5834. Read the rest of this article »
MOACA Chief to Be Confirmed
After being approved by the Seattle City Council’s Housing, Human Services, and Culture Committee, Vince Kitch is close to being confirmed as the next director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Read the rest of this article »
A Chance to Change Seattle’s Heritage Policy
The Seattle City Council is expected to confirm Mayor Mike McGinnâ€™s choice to head the Mayorâ€™s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs this month. Vincent Kitch, the former cultural arts program manager for the city of Austin, Texas, takes over from Michael Killoren, who left the job last year. Kitchâ€™s appointment presents an opportunity for a landmark change in Seattleâ€™s attitude toward support of heritage work. Read the rest of this article »
Call for Organizations, Volunteers
Want to get the word out to the larger heritage community about your organization? Hosting an AKCHO meeting is an excellent way to get exposure! Read the rest of this article »
HPP Report Available Online
Last month we reported that the King County Historic Preservation Program had complied with a King County Council budget proviso that was issued when the Council awarded all HB 1386 funds in the 2011 budget to the HPP. Read the rest of this article »
520 Project to Move Forward
The Puget Sound Regional Council late last month approved construction of a new S.R. 520 bridge. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn cast the lone vote of dissent concerning the $4.6 billion project.Â The National Historic Preservation Act requires that federal agencies are required to consider the effects of their projects on historic properties and to mitigate those effects, and The Friends of Seattleâ€™s Olmsted Parks have been involved in efforts to protect Washington Park, Montlake Boulevard, and Lake Washington Boulevard from negative impacts.
Zoning Changes in ID, Around Pioneer Square
The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a comprehensive set of zoning laws that will allow taller residential buildings in parts of the International District, while maintaining lower building heights along the main corridors of Chinatown and Little Saigon and in Pioneer Square. Read the rest of this article »
Their Loss, Your Gain
Looking ahead to its move, the Museum of History & Industry is deaccessioning some artifacts and would like to make them available to other local heritage organizations. Read the rest of this article »
4Culture Introduces Online Heritage Tourism Map
At the end of April, 4Culture launched a new interactive, online map for its Destination Heritage program. The map features 60 one-of-a-kind sites around King County, with location/contact info, driving directions, brief history, and things to do in the vicinity. Read the rest of this article »
ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
Heritage Advisor is published 10 times a year by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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