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
Scramble to save Seattle’s waterfront streetcars
News that a St. Louis concern is interested in snapping up Seattle’s vintage streetcars, warehoused since the waterfront trolley barn was removed seven years ago to make way for the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, has prompted an outcry from local citizens. It also has spurred a grassroots move to bring the streetcar back to the waterfront, and offers of help from local businessmen, according to Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, though not from the big names you might expect.
Paying homage to Gracie Hansen’s ghost
It has been 50 years since Century 21. The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair opened April 21, 1962. The Fair featured the Science Pavilion, Space Needle, the Monorail, Memorial Stadium, the Coliseum, the International Fountain, the Food Circus, the Bubbleator, and of course let’s not forget Show Street, which featured Gracie Hansen’s Paradise International, a Las Vegas-style floor show. Read the rest of this article »
Celebrating Black Diamond’s mining history
Every July, Black Diamond celebrates its history with Miners Day. Although coal mining operations were prevalent throughout East King County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, no other town is more associated with King County’s first major industry than Black Diamond. Read the rest of this article »
Nominate your candidate for Governor’s award
The deadline is looming for nominations of individuals or organizations for the Governor’s 2012 Arts & Heritage Awards. Sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission, the Awards were established in 1966 to recognize individuals and artists for their significant contributions to the creative vitality of the state. Read the rest of this article »
Happy birthday, Virginia
The Steamer Virginia V is celebrating her 90th year of service this summer with cruises around Lake Union and in search of the Blue Angels, and with voyages to the Tacoma Maritime Festival in August and Olympia’s Harbor Days over Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit www.virginiav.org/events.
New life for old building
A vintage office building in downtown Seattle’s core could become a boutique hotel, if its new owner has its way. According to The Seattle Times, Ariel Development of Seattle has signed a contract to buy the 7-story, 108-year-old Eitel Building at Second Avenue and Pike Street. The sale is expected to close by the end of the year. Conversion of the mostly empty office building into an 80-room hotel would take up to a year and a half, the prospective owners predict.
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 email@example.com.
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