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
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Category: December 2011
Your chance to comment on County’s comprehensive plan
King County is currently taking public comments on proposed updates to the King County Comprehensive Plan. This plan has a great deal of potential impact on the future of historic properties in King County, and on how the organizations that safeguard historic and cultural resources relate to county government. The plan is undergoing a great deal of revision, with sections being lined out and re-written to make the wording more concise. Read the rest of this article »
Celebrating our peers – AKCHO Award noms due Feb 17
Is it time for AKCHO Awards nominations already? Yep. So here is your annual Heritage Advisor reminder. If possible don’t wait until the last minute – prepare and submit your AKCHO Award nominations now! The updated nomination information and form can be found on the AKCHO website at www.akcho.org/awards.php. Read the rest of this article »
November AKCHO meeting recap
AKCHO members assembled in the beautiful Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on November 29 to hear a presentation by Judy Bentley. Author of “Hiking Washington’s History,” as well as a local walking tour guide for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Bentley stressed how the best heritage trails and historic sites invoke a resonance with the past. Using a rich collection of photographs she has taken around the state, she “walked us through” some examples, from Maya Lin’s internationally-renowned Confluence Project along the Columbia to culturally modified trees that were used generations ago by Native Americans for basket-making (and that still can be spotted deep in forests today if one knows where and how to look for them). Read the rest of this article »
County’s 2012 budget funds HPP
The Metropolitan King County Council approved the 2012 King County Budget last month – unanimously and ahead of schedule. Again this year, County Executive Dow Constantine proposed allocating 100% of the 2012 document recording fee revenue to King County’s Historic Preservation Program (HPP). This will bring three HPP staff members back to full-time status. Read the rest of this article »
Pacific Raceways Plans Expansion
Pacific Raceways, located in rural King County near Auburn, has plans to expand greatly the size of its operations, creating a ‘regional motor sports facility,’ as well as adding commercial and industrial space larger than the Auburn Supermall. What began as a single motorcycle track 50 years ago has gradually expanded to become a large racing facility, without an Environmental Impact Statement ever having been performed. Read the rest of this article »
Ways to celebrate in December
Visits with Santa, festive train rides, holiday open houses, and some glittering openings for wonderful new exhibits — please check AKCHO’s online calendar for these events and more in December. (And remember, we are always happy to post AKCHO members’ events – send details on your organization’s doings to email@example.com.)
Speaking of Santa, he’s probably sending the elves out to browse museum gift shops for out-of-the-ordinary gifts this holiday season – from the Duwamish Longhouse to the White River Valley Museum, there are books, artworks, apparel, a wide variety of mementos — and memberships, of course! — that should appeal to just about everybody on your list. Shop local, shop historical, and have a wonderful holiday season!
Planning for affordable cultural space in Seattle
The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is hosting a two-day event on December 6 and 7 to help shape policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations to work, rehearse and perform in Seattle. Although the verbiage coming out of MOACA seems to emphasize the arts, surely the owners of historic venues in Seattle will have plenty to contribute to this discussion. Read the rest of this article »
Lisabeula School landmarked
The King County Landmarks Commission designated the Lisabeula School and its associated play shed as a King County Landmark on October 27, 2011. It was found to be significant under criterion A1 for association with the broad theme of education. Read the rest of this article »
Designing Seattle’s post-viaduct waterfront
In keeping with Seattle’s reputation for process, process, process, critics of the James Corner plan for reenvisioning Seattle’s post-viaduct waterfront are emerging. 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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