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.
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Category: April 2012
Dorpat to be honored at AKCHO annual awards
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Paul Dorpat – author, filmmaker, curator, lecturer, and regional historian – will be presented with the AKCHO Board Legacy Award at the upcoming AKCHO Annual Awards program on April 24 at the Museum of History & Industry. The Board selected Dorpat for this singular honor for his far-ranging, long-term, and outstanding contributions to local history.
Perhaps best known for his “Now and Then” columns that have appeared in The Sunday Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine for the past 30 years, Dorpat has authored or co-authored several books, including Building Washington, A History of Washington Public Works; The University Book Store Centennial Pictorial; Seattle Waterfront, An Illustrated History; and Legacy, The Kreielsheimer Foundation. He also was involved with the creation of HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington State history. Read the rest of this article »
Planning for a changing landscape
More than two dozen AKCHO members came to the Renton History Museum for AKCHO’s March membership meeting, where Museum director Elizabeth Stewart gave a presentation on “Planning for a Changing Landscape.” In discussing the process the Museum went through in developing a new master plan, Stewart counseled that while it may seem counterintuitive, bad economic times are actually a good time to look at an institution’s traditional assumptions and think about how to do things better. Read the rest of this article »
King Co Council passes Pacific Raceways ordinance
On March 19, in a 7-2 vote, the King County Council voted to approve the controversial Ordinance #2011-0227.2, which allows Pacific Raceways to begin the process of a massive expansion of its racing facility located in the officially-designated Rural Area of King County near Auburn. Read the rest of this article »
Harborview Hall – a chance to walk our talk
After simmering on the civic back burner for the past several months, the latest round in Seattle’s building preservation debate is moving into the spotlight as King County considers a developer to preserve and retrofit historic Harborview Hall. This will call the question: Do we demolish it as originally planned or walk our sustainability talk?
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The Next Fifty launches this month
Half a century to the day after the Century 21 Exposition opened in Seattle in 1962, a community-wide commemoration called The Next Fifty will kick off a six-month golden anniversary observance at the Seattle Center on Saturday, April 21. Read the rest of this article »
The Future Remembered playing at a venue near you
In upcoming months, audiences all over King County will have the opportunity to view The Future Remembered: The 1962 World’s Fair and Its Legacy. This is the theatrical adaptation of the book of the same name that was written by Paula Becker, Alan J. Stein and the HistoryLink staff. Read the rest of this article »
2012 Bellevue Strawberry Festival gains special sponsor
Eastside Heritage Center is excited to introduce the Microsoft Store as the Main Stage & Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 Bellevue Strawberry Festival, to be held at Crossroads International Park on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Read the rest of this article »
JJWF Has New Staff
Pamela Phillips joined the James and Janie Washington Foundation last month as its new Director. Phillips has worked in education for a number of years, as director of a diversity program, and as a college diversity instructor. She is actively involved in the community in the promotion and preservation of African American heritage. Read the rest of this article »
Issaquah trolley car undergoing rehab
The Issaquah Valley Trolley has sent its car #519 to the Gomaco Trolley Company of Ida Grove, Iowa. If all goes according to schedule, the trolley will be rebuilt for service and return in September. Built in 1925 the car originally ran in Lisbon, Portugal. After several years of storage in Colorado, it was acquired by the Issaquah History Museums in 2003. Read the rest of this article »
Volunteer Park Conservatory funding being studied
Fans of Seattle’s century-old Volunteer Park Conservatory were alarmed by a news flash earlier this year that the multiple-landmarked botanical treasure house (and haven for Seattleites seeking warmth in the dead of winter) might be doomed by budget cuts. But Crosscut.com reports that a public meeting last month clarified that while the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is not giving the conservatory the ax, it is exploring alternative financial models.
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