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: Heritage Briefs
Landmarks Commission OKs Projects
At its June 17 meeting, the King County Landmarks Commission approved a certificate of appropriateness for the Richmond Masonic Center in Shoreline to proceed with replacing the roof, painting the exterior, and other maintenance issues.Â The Commission also approved a proposed picture rail system for the DeYoung House, which is the new Museum and headquarters for the Woodinville Historical Society. Â A decision on a proposal to do a partial roof replacement on the Auburn Carnegie Library has been postponed until the next meeting.
Harborview Hall’s Days Numbered
Despite being a prime example of Art Deco construction, Harborview Hall is slated for demolition.Â The 1931 building, located at 326 Ninth Avenue on Seattle’s First Hill, was designed by Harlan Thomas, one of Seattleâ€™s most prominent architects of the 1920s-1930s, who also was responsible for the Sorrento Hotel and the Corner Market Building.Â According to a recent article in Crosscut.com, it will cost approximately $6.6 million to take down the 10-story structure that, as part of the Harborview Hospital complex, is owned by the citizens of King County.
Denny Cabin Restoration Underway
Restoration work is underway on the 1889 two-story log cabin originally owned by Seattle pioneer David Denny. The cabin, which was relocated from Queen Anne Hill to Federal Way in 1966, is now owned by the Historical Society of Federal Way.Â The Society is using a 4Culture Heritage Cultural Facilities award to do log restoration and replacement. When the work is completed this fall, the Denny Cabin will have space for interpretation, presentations and student field trips.
Northwest Native Cultural Center Plans Move Forward
Crosscut.com reports that supporters of a new Northwest Native Cultural Center at the Seattle Center are moving ahead with plans for an $8 million, two-story building north of the International Fountain. The project has received a written pledge of support from Robert Nellams, director of the Seattle Center. Fundraising has not yet begun for the facility, but Roger Fernandes, leader of the effort, estimates it will take 3-4 years to raise the money for the project.
Archives Month Planning Underway
Planning has begun for Archives Month 2011, which will be celebrated in October. This yearâ€™s theme is â€œFairs and Festivals,â€ and events will include an archives fair where institutions can share information about their collections.Â All museums, historical societies, and other institutions with archival collections are welcome to participate. Interested parties are invited to the next planning meeting on July 14 at 3 PM at the National Archives. If youâ€™d like to be involved, please contact Deb Kennedy.
Redmond Converts Oral Histories
Doris Schaible and Judy Lang review oral history transcripts at the Redmond Historical Society office.
With funds provided by 4Culture, the Redmond Historical Society has converted 48 oral histories to digital format and has archived a text version of each history. Eventually these digital files will be placed on the Societyâ€™s website, so that the actual voices from those histories will be heard.
Fountain Showers Surprises
Trinkets, coins, bolts, and bullets came shooting out of a Pacific Science Center fountain last month as workers cleaned out the pipes, perhaps for the first time ever. King5 News reports that items dating back to the Worldâ€™s Fair were sucked into a tanker truck and had to be separated from plenty of gunk.Â The Science Center is asking for help from anyone who can identify a ‘Club Helium’ token with an image of an airship on it.
1912 Calculating Machine Available
Any local heritage museum or historical society that could use a 1912 Dalton Adding, Listing and Calculating Machine in its collection is invited to contact Steven Thomas. The machine, in excellent condition, was used for nearly 40 years in a small dental lab business in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle. Thomas can be reached at email@example.com.
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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