To acknowledge excellence and commitment to King County history, we bestow the AKCHO Awards each year in the spring at our annual Awards Program. The Awards are given for projects that have been completed by December 31 of the previous year. The AKCHO Awards Program is a perfect way to acknowledge those special people, programs, or projects that have made our county’s history shine.

Available Awards

The Long Term Project Award is presented to an organization for an outstanding landmark restoration, ongoing or long-term project such as a video, slide show, oral history, development of a new organization, or similar long-impact or permanent projects, (traditional & technical).

The Single Impact Event Award is presented to an organization for an outstanding one time or single series educational program, performance, lecture series, fund raising event, workshop or similar single impact event.

The Exhibit Award is presented to an organization for an outstanding permanent, traveling, outreach, or temporary display or exhibit of any size that uses historical collections as the educational source material.

The Youth Award is presented to a King County student (including undergraduate college students) who has made an outstanding contribution to the heritage community with service or through a project that has benefited the community at large.

The Heritage Education Award is presented to a King County teacher or an organization that has promoted King County heritage through the innovative incorporation of local history into the curriculum and/or through a project that involves students with the heritage community.

The Willard Jue Memorial Award is presented to individuals in two possible categories – paid staff and volunteers. The Willard Jue Memorial Award winners are individuals who have made outstanding contributions, provided exceptional leadership, and demonstrated excellence in duration, quality, or spirit of service.

The Virginia Marie Folkins Award is presented to the author and/or sponsoring organization of an outstanding historical publication.

The Charles Payton Award for Heritage Advocacy is presented to an individual or an organization that has initiated, developed, or presented a plan which has led to the advancement of funding for heritage projects, protections of heritage resources, or public awareness for heritage, such as posters, videos, newsletters, or web-sites, etc.

The Technology Award is presented to an organization for an outstanding project that pairs technology with local history and provides an inspiration or a model for the heritage community. This can be a new, ongoing, or long-term electronic media project including – but not limited to – podcasts, blogs, websites, Facebook pages, twitter/tweets, or videos accessible on the web.

Click here to see AKCHO Award recipients over the years.


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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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