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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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Workshop: Building a Plan For The Future


You are invited to attend AKCHO meetings and programs held the last Tuesday morning of each month except June and December. Meetings are conducted at one of our member locations as announced in the publication The Heritage Advisor. Please contact any of the groups listed in our member directory for information on local sites, activities, and public programs.

May 2015
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May 2nd, 2015 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  We Need More Diverse Books Fair - Northwest African American Museum
Of the 3,500 children's books published in 2014, 396 featured characters of color. The We Need More Diverse Books Fair will highlight NW authors and illustrators whose books include characters of color. Join us for short storytelling sessions from each author beginning at noon and a chance to preview and purchase their books. Admission is free, but please register to attend the fair: For more information contact cphillips@naamnw.org The Museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle.
May 2nd, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM
  Exhibit opening - Shoreline: City with a Past, City with a Future
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Shoreline, and the 125th anniversary of Richmond Beach. At the Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Avenue N, Shoreline. www.shorelinehistoricalmuseum.org
May 6th, 2015 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Landmarks Capital funding workshop - 4Culture office
Application deadline for 4Culture's Landmarks Capital funding program is May 13, and prior to that 4Culture strongly recommends you attend one of the workshops being given by 4C Preservation Lead Flo Lentz to discuss your project. This one is at the 4Culture office in downtown Seattle at 101 S Prefontaine Place. Contact Flo Lentz at 206-263-1604 if you have any questions.
May 7th, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM
  Growing Up Behind Barbed Wire - Greater Kent Historical Society
Longtime Kent residents Lilly and Amy Kato spent part of their childhood at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming. Using the recently released movie, "The Legacy of Heart Mountain," the sisters will tell their story of growing up behind barbed wire and helping their family adjust to an alien situation. In addition, Lilly made a pilgrimage back to Heart Mountain last summer. The event happens at Down Home Catering in Kent - make reservations early. Light appetizers and beverages are included in the $20 ticket price. More information at www.gkhs.org
May 7th, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Immigration in Context - panel discussion at the Wing Luke Museum
A discussion about how immigration and the U.S.'s response to new migrants have changed over the last 50 years. Panelists from Changelab, UW, Washington DREAM Act of Coalition, and others will be present. Moderated by Cynthia Brothers. RSVP at www.wingluke.org. Free.
May 9th, 2015 (Sat)
  Family Fun Day - Wing Luke Museum
A day of festivities!. 11 AM-noon: a one-hour performance of "Baseball Saved Us" by 5th Avenue Theatre, based on the award-winning children's book. 1-2 PM: Ken Mochizuki, author of "Baseball Saved Us" and other books, discusses why he chose to be an author. He will sign books following this reading/lecture. 2-4 PM: art workshop with Midori Kono Thiel for a calligraphy demonstration and chance to create your own masterpiece. The Wing is located at 719 S King Street in Seattle's International District. wingluke.org
May 9th, 2015 (Sat)
  May Tea at the Neely Mansion
Enjoy a lovely May Tea with your family and friends in this unique Victorian farmhouse. After dining on petite tea sandwiches, fruit, and sweets, please tour the mansion, explore the gift shop, and see the improvements to the grounds. Three seatings: 12:30, 2, 3:30. Reservations and prepayment ($15 per guest; check or Paypal) is required. The Neely Mansion is located at 12303 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn. www.neelymansion.org
May 9th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - the Nokomis Club
In 1909, seven pioneer women joined together to bring literary culture to their isolated lives in the dense forests surrounding Redmond. They formed the Nokomis Club, which still exists today and is Redmond's oldest service group. The original club charter was clear: "only those of good moral character" were allowed in and a five dollar fine was assessed to those serving more than tea, cakes and fruit. Poetry readings eventually gave way to clothing drives for orphans and other community service activities. In 1927, the women started Redmond's public library, running it until 1947 and providing library premises through to 1964. On Mother’s Day weekend, celebrate the historic role of the women’s club in strengthening local communities. Presenter is Alexa Munoz, President of Nokomis Club. At Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond. Admission is free.
May 9th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Digging Deeper Research Series - Fiske Genealogical Library
Digging Deeper is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. The Fiske Genealogical Library is administered by the Fiske Genealogical Foundation, successor to the Fiske Genealogical Center, founded in 1971 by Arthur D. Fiske, a professional genealogist. The Foundation’s two major goals are to provide on-going education in genealogical research techniques and to build a library of genealogical materials not readily available, especially for those townships east of the Mississippi River. The Library is located on the lower level of the Washington Pioneer Hall, 1644 43rd Avenue E, Seattle - just south of Madison Park on the shore of Lake Washington. Cost: $10 general public / $8 Historic Seattle members / $5 students. Learn more at historicseattle.org Registration closes at noon, Thursday, May 7, two days before the event. Tour instructions regarding driving, parking, and specific site details will be e-mailed to registered attendees. Please note that the library is not handicap accessible.
May 9th, 2015 (Sat) -- May 10th, 2015 (Sun)
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  Mothers Ride Free - Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum hosts this special Mother’s Day weekend with a scenic train excursion through the Cascade foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and enjoy the view of the valley below. The Northwest Railway Museum invites mothers to enjoy a free ride aboard our antique train, when accompanied by a paying child – of any age. Passengers may board in Snoqualmie or North Bend. Round Trip takes approximately 70 minutes. Passengers may get off at the halfway point, shop, eat lunch, or take a stroll before returning on any later train. Trains depart every 90 minutes beginning at 11:30 AM from the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King Street and at Noon from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan Street. Roundtrip fares: $10 ages 2-12, $16 ages 62 and up, $18 ages 13-61, Under 2 are free! For more information, visit www.trainmuseum.org or call 425-888-3030.
May 13th, 2015 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Hillgrove Cemetery and Making a Community - Des Moines Historical Society
Des Moines Museum curator Kevin Hall talks about Hillgrove Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Des Moines’ early pioneers, and discusses the places, landmarks, people and groups that made up Des Moines’ early days as a community. Refreshments served. For more information call Program Chair Jim Langston, 206-878-7205. This program takes place in the Des Moines IOOF Hall, 728 S 225th Street, Des Moines.
May 13th, 2015 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Hillgrove Cemetery and Making a Community - Des Moines Historical Society
Des Moines Museum curator Kevin Hall talks about Hillgrove Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Des Moines' early pioneers, and discusses the places, landmarks, people and groups that made up Des Moines' early days as a community. At the Des Moines IOOF Hall, 728 S 225th, Des Moines. Refreshments served. For more information call Program Chair Jim Langston, 206-878-7205.
May 14th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM
  History Cafe - Uncorking the Past at Seattle's Finntown - MOHAI
Hear about recent archaeological excavation of a Smith Cove shantytown that provides a look at Seattle's multi-cultural Prohibition and Depression-era community. Free (does not include Museum admission). www.mohai.org
May 14th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Painting Emeralds/Bronzing the Rain - Seattle Architecture Foundation
Whether it’s on the walls of our alleys, an unexpected street corner or along city rooftops, encountering art in our streets causes us to see our surroundings in new ways without ever having to set foot in a gallery. Government ordained, developer sanctioned or on the fly and in the middle of night, art as it appears in public is a powerful purveyor of dialogue. Various art and design professionals speak to the presence of public art in Seattle and the means from which Seattle’s story can be traced. At Foster/White Gallery, 220 3rd Ave. S, #100, Seattle. Advance Tickets: $15 General - $10 Members - $5 Students. www.seattlearchitecture.org Speakers: Jonathan Fischer, Wakuda Studio Robert Hutchinson, Architect
May 15th, 2015 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Jack Straw Writers Program Reading Series
Matthew Schnirman, Anca Szilagyi, L.J. Morin and Linda Andrews read from new works. Suggested donation $5, and comes with a gift of the 2015 2015 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. At Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. www.jackstraw.org
May 16th, 2015 (Sat)
  Seattle Style in the Roaring 20s - MOHAI
Fashions of the 1920s were modern and memorable, and Seattle wanted in on the fun. Learn about the local style icons, designers, and retailers who kept this city chic. www.mohai.org $10 general public, $5 MOHAI members.
May 16th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Fraser Cabin Heritage Program
At Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place SE in Bellevue. Hosted by the Eastside Heritage Center, www.eastsideheritagecenter.org
May 16th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Seattle Olmsted Parks walking tour - UW campus
Learn more about the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the University of Washington campus. Meet at the entrance to the Burke Museum. Walk lasts approximately two hours. Appropriate for all ages. Contact friends@seattleolmsted.org for more information about specific tours.
May 17th, 2015 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Syttende Mai
The Nordic Heritage Museum celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day with free admission and crafts for kids throughout the day. The Museum is located at 3014 NW 67th Street in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. www.nordicmuseum.org
May 17th, 2015 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  Historic Redmond Walking Tour
Local historian Tom Hitzroth leads a tour of Redmond's historical buildings, and the people who lived and worked in Redmond. Tour begins in front of the Justice White House at 7730 Leary Way in Redmond. $10 voluntary suggested donation per person, to benefit the Redmond Historical Society. Wear sturdy walking shoes and be prepared for weather. (Event may be canceled in case of rain.) Preregister by calling 425-885-2919 and mail in a check to Redmond Historical Society, 16600 NE 80th Street, Room 106, Redmond.
May 17th, 2015 (Sun)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Auburn Police Department: The First Hundred Years - book release party
White River Valley Museum volunteer Dave Payn will be on hand for an open house and book signing to celebrate the publication of his new book, "Auburn Police Department: the First Hunred years, 1891 to 1991." The book is available for $14.95. (Mail orders are accepted for $20, including tax and postage. At the White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE, Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
May 17th, 2015 (Sun)
5:00 PM
  Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa at The Center for Wooden Boats
Sailor and canoe builder Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa will give a free presentation on Wa'akaulua, the Hawaiian double canoe. He also plans to have his Pahi 26 with a Hawaiian sprits'l rig moored alongside the Boathouse for pre- and post-presentation inspection. www.cwb.org
May 18th, 2015 (Mon)
1:00 PM
  The Oregon Trail - Mercer Island Historical Society
Presenter Ardie Butler will discuss the Oregon Trail, which was used from 1840 until the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. As many as 400,000 people, including 40,000 children, made this arduous journey. At the Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island. If you have questions, call 206-232-9442 or 206-232-3404.
May 21st, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Cafe - Uncorking the Past at Seattle's Finntown - MOHAI
Alicia Valentino, archaeologist in charge of the recent excavation of a Smith Cove shantytown, will discuss the history of this Prohibition and Depression-era community. At the Museum of History & Industry's Compass Cafe, 860 Terry Avenue N, at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle.
May 23rd, 2015 (Sat) -- May 25th, 2015 (Mon)
  Memorial Day train rides - Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum pays tribute to America’s service men and women and their families this Memorial Day with a special weekday steam train run on Monday, May 25th. This is in addition to the railroad’s usual weekend train schedule. The Museum is offering $5 roundtrip train fare Saturday May 23, Sunday May 24 and Monday May 25, to members of the military: active duty, guard, reserve, retired, and their dependent family members, with current military ID. Excursions aboard the antique train run through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, including a ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Trains depart every 90 minutes beginning at 11:30 AM from the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King Street and at noon from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan Street. Regular roundtrip fares: $12 children (ages 2-12), $20 adults (ages 13-61), and $18 (age 62 and up)! For more information call the Northwest Railway Museum at 425-888-3030 or visit www.trainmuseum.org.
May 23rd, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  May AKCHO membership meeting - Nelsen House
Hosted by Tukwila Historical Society Meeting at Nelsen Historical Trust Address: 15643 W Valley Highway, Tukwila Phone: (425) 255-6535 Website: nelsenhistoricaltrust.org Program: History at the Corner of I-405 and West Valley Highway It’s the not-so-little house that could: Surrounded by development, the 1905 home built by Danish immigrants Mary and James Nelsen still stands — preserved by their daughter Helen as the Nelsen Historical Trust so as to share Tukwila’s farm history with future generations. Sitting on West Valley Highway just south of I-405, the property provides an urban oasis – especially its manicured grounds, which should be in full bloom for our May membership meeting. Tukwila Historical Society President Pat Brodin will talk about the history of the property and the Nelsen family, while Trust Curator Craig Wooton will guide tours around the grounds and home.
May 23rd, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Downtown Issaquah History Walk
Issaquah History Museums director Erica maniez will lead participants on a hike through the history of Issaquah, from Native Americans to the present day. Hike covers about 52o miles of level sidewalk and will last approximately two jours. Walks are held rain or shine. Bring water and snacks, and leave animal companions at home. Advance registration is required - tickets are $7.50 general admission or $5 for members. To learn more visit www.issaquahhistory.org
May 23rd, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Lecture - Hughes After Howard - Museum of Flight
Lecture and book signing with former Hughes Aircraft Company President Ken Richardson will look at the Hughes Aircraft Company after Howard Hughes left its helm in 1953. Author Ken Richardson rose through the ranks of the Hughes Aircraft during his forty-year career there, from a radar design engineer to President and Chief Operating Officer. Richardson's new book looks beyond the legend of the company's famous leader, to focus on how the company grew to 85,000 employees and the leading military electronics organization in the world. Richardson tackles this subject in his new book "Hughes After Howard." His presentation at the Museum will also show how Hughes Aircraft remains relevant today. The lecture is free with admission to the Museum; the book signings are free for all. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. www.museumofflight.org
May 24th, 2015 (Sun)
1:00 PM
  Petals on the River - Bothell Historical Museum
An annual event sponsored by the Bothell Historical Society to honor members and friends, on the North Creek Trail footbridge near NE 195th and I-405 in Bothell. Bring flowers to throw off the bridge as memorialized names are read.
May 25th, 2015 (Mon)
  South Lake Union Cabaret presents The Good Bootleggers - mOHAI
South Lake Union Cabaret blends history and humor in this original musical theater chronicling the rise and fall of Roy and Elise Olmsted, Seattle's most notorious Prohibition-era rum runners. Showings at 1 PM and 3 PM. www.mohai.org
May 25th, 2015 (Mon)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  First Annual Federal Way Memorial Day Commemoration
This will be an opportunity to show our appreciation to those who have died after serving our country as a member of the armed forces. Please post names, photos, and information regarding the loved ones that you want to be recognized for their service on the Facebook page for Memorial Day in Federal Way. Remember that Memorial Day is for recognizing those that have already left us. The posted names, along with names provided at the event, will be read outloud by youth as part of the program. The event will feature patriotic music from the Harmony Kings, Federal Way Chorale and Jet Cities Chorus. The event will also feature presentations by youth from Federal Way High School AFJROTC, Todd Beamer High School AFJTOTC, Federal Way High School Key Club, Todd Beamer High School Key Club, Decatur High School Key Club, Thomas Jefferson High School Key Club, Illahee Middle School Builder’s Club, Totem Middle School. Builder’s Club, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Brownies. This event will take place at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Avenue S, Federal Way.
May 28th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM
  History on the Rocks - Women of Temperance and Tenacity
Pair historical insights with tastings from local alcohol manufacturers. At the Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. $10 general public, $8 MOHAI members - includes one drink. www.mohai.org
May 30th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Model T Ford sculpture dedication
The Bothell Landmark Preservation Board cordially invites the public to the dedication of the new Model T Ford sculpture at the Red Brick Road Park (SR 522 & 96th Ave NE in Bothell). Please come enjoy refreshments and celebrate this collaboration of the Bothell Arts Council, Bothell Parks Board, Woodinville High School welding students and the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board.