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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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CALENDAR

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.

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Dec 4th, 2014 (Thu) -- Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Lake Union Lights
Decorated boats compete for your vote while you sip hot beverages and celebrate the season. At South Lake Union. $5 suggested donation per person/$10 per family. Learn more at cwb.org/?i=1
Dec 4th, 2014 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Late Play Date at the White River Valley Museum
This monthly free program is perfect for kids ages 3-12. Families will enjoy free admission to the museum as well as themed craft stations and activities, no registration required. Late play dates occur every first Thursday of the month. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE on the Auburn Community Campus. www.wrvmuseum.org
Dec 4th, 2014 (Thu)
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Publication presentation and book signing - Historic Seattle
Historic Seattle debuts its 40th anniversary project, an illustrated history of Seattle's First Hill, titled "Tradition and Change on Seattle's First Hill: Profanity, Propriety, Pills, and Preservation."Lawrence Kreisman and Paul Dorpat will give the presentation, with chapter authors Dotty DeCoster, Jazqueline Williams, Dennis Andersen, Luci J. Baker Johnson and Brooke Best also on hand to field questions and sign your copy. Downstairs at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle 98101.
Dec 5th, 2014 (Fri)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Words, Writers & West Seattle - Karen S. Robbins and Sally Marts
The authors of Shoe Print Art: Step into Drawing, appear at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village. The program is free, and if you buy any book while attending that evening, 10% of proceeds goes to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
  White River Valley Museum Holiday Tea - two seatings
Celebrate the season with a lovely high tea in our Town Square exhibit, charmingly decorated for Christmas. Each seating features a bounty of savory and sweet treats served with steaming pots of tea! $15 per person, registration required. Seatings at 12:30 and 2:30 PM.
Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat) -- Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
  Neely Mansion Victorian Farmhouse Christmas
The Victorian Farmhouse Christmas Buffet will include delectable treats and rooms decorated in styles reflecting the ways in which the families who once lived there used to celebrate. Select quartets from the Cascade Foothills Chorale will be caroling for the guests during the Buffet. Seatings on Saturday, December 6, at 12:30 (sold out), 2 PM and 3:30 PM;seatings on Sunday, December 7, at noon and 2 PM. Adults: $18; Youth 12 and under: $12 OR purchase a holiday package that combines the Victorian Farmhouse Christmas Buffet at the Neely Mansion in Auburn with the Federal Way Symphony's Winter Wonders Holiday Concert (2 PM Sunday) for the combined ticket price of $35/person. More information at www.neelymansion.org
Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society Open House
Featuring a holiday bake sale and gift bazaar. 1837 Marion Street (at Washington Avenue) in Enumclaw. No admission fee, but donations gladly accepted.
Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Photos with Santa in Maple Valley
Come to the Maple Valley Historical Society's Gibbon-Mezzavilla Store, 22024 SE 248th St, Maple Valley, visit with Santa, and enjoy the museums. Have your photo taken with Santa for $10, or 3 photos for $25. Proceeds benefit the Maple Valley Historical Society.
Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Christmas Open House - Historical Society of Federal Way
Refreshments served. Stop by to visit with friends and family before the Christmas tree lighting event at Town Square Park. Free. The Historical Society of Federal Way is located at 2645 S 312th Street (across the street from Steel Lake Park) in Federal Way.
Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Rainier Valley Historical Society Open House
Free admission - please stop by! The RVHS office is located at 3710 S Ferdinand Street, Seattle.
Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
  Living Voices - Hear My Voice - MOHAI
There are many ways to fight for democracy. While her brother is away fighting in the Great War, back at home Jessie is joining the 72-year struggle for women's right to vote. Two performances at 1 PM and 3 PM in MOHAI's Prologue Theater on the 2nd Floor. Cost included with Museum Admission www.mohai.org
Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
  Living Voices - Hear My Voice - MOHAI
There are many ways to fight for democracy. While her brother is away fighting in the Great War, back at home Jessie is joining the 72-year struggle for women's right to vote. Two performances at 1 PM and 3 PM in MOHAI's Prologue Theater on the 2nd Floor.Cost: included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Greater Kent Historical Society Christmas Open House
Celebrate the holiday season at the historic Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street in Kent (parking at the rear of the property). Refreshments will be served.
Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
1:00 PM
  Children's Christmas in Scandinavia
A day of Nordic Christmas fun for the whole family, including the always popular Lucia pageant (starting at 1 PM), music and dancing led by kids, a visit from Santa, and Nordic crafts. Appropriate for all ages. No reservations needed. Children's events are free, entrance to museum exhibits is regular price. www.nordicmuseum.org The Nordic Heritage Museum is located at 3014 NW 67th Street in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.
Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Christmas Tea and Open House at the Hannan House - Bothell Historical Society
The Bothell Historical Society and Museum is reinstituting this annual tradition. Stop by for home-made cookies, coffee and tea, Christmas caroling, and a Christmas tree decorated in the style of early Bothell. Donations of canned food will be accepted for Hopelink.
Dec 9th, 2014 (Tue)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  Highline Historical Society exhibit reception - Schools of SeaTac
The Highline Historical Society extends a warm invitation to the public to attend a reception celebrating a new exhibit at SeaTac City Hall that displays photos and artifacts from Tyee and Glacier High Schools, and Sunset and Chinook Middle Schools. Cheerleaders from the Tyee Educational Complex will be on hand to share stories about high school life on the Tyee campus today, and to lead some cheers. Teachers, administrators, other Highline School District staff, students past and present, and of course the general public are encouraged to come see the exhibit, enjoy holiday treats, meet Highline Historical Society staff, and share their own stories of time spent at these schools. This event is free and open to the public. SeaTac City Hall is located at 4800 S 188th Street in SeaTac.
Dec 10th, 2014 (Wed)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Building Community: The Lives of the Cadillac Hotel - speaker Marie Wong
The public is welcome at this reception for the Klondike Gold Rush Museum's new exhibit commemorating the 125th birthday of the Cadillac Hotel and celebrating those who brought the historic building to life. Dr. Marie Wong, author of the forthcoming book, Home Below the Line: Pan-Asian and Life in the Residential Hotels, will be the guest speaker.
Dec 10th, 2014 (Wed)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Greater Kent Historical Society Dinner and Speaker
Kayla Daly, local Kent resident and Peace Corps volunteer, will speak about her recent volunteer service in Guinea, West Africa. The dinner will be held in the historic Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street, Kent. Please call 253-854-4330 for reservations or go to gkhs.org for information. Tickets are $20/person.
Dec 11th, 2014 (Thu) -- Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Lake Union Lights
Decorated boats compete for your vote while you sip hot beverages and celebrate the season. At South Lake Union. $5 suggested donation per person/$10 per family. Learn more at cwb.org/?i=1
Dec 11th, 2014 (Thu)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  Book signing - Images of Modern America: Burien
Burien resident and executive director of the Rainier Valley Historical Society Virginia Wright will be signing her new local history book, "Images of Modern America: Burien," which has been published by Arcadia Publishing. She will be at The Tin Room, 923 SW 152nd Street, Burien. The book costs $22.99.
Dec 11th, 2014 (Thu)
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Holiday Party
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting its annual holiday party at the historic Stimson-Green Mansion, at 1204 Minor Avenue on Seattle's First Hill. Join in celebrating the holiday season and local preservation in Washington State, including the announcement of the 2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant recipients. Tickets: $25 members & guests; $35 non-members (includes one-year membership). Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, a program that embodies the mission of the Washington Trust by providing small yet meaningful grants to local groups striving to save local landmarks. Purchase tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com
Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
  Santa's Landing Party - Museum of Flight
Santa and Mrs. Claus fly in via a classic de Havilland Beaver bush plane. Treats and warm beverages will be offered to members in the morning from 9 AM to noon, in addition to a variety of festive events open to the public inside the museum from 11 AM to 4 PM. With admission to the museum, families can visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus, participate in holiday workshops, and enjoy music from The Boeing Concert Orchestra and the Boeing Band.
Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
  Living Voices - Within the Silence - MOHAI
In 1942 Roosevelt's Executive order 9066 imprisoned thousands of loyal American families. These innocent citizens struggled to maintain their families while incarcerated. Witness this silent chapter of our history. Share one Japanese American family's fight to sustain faith and love in the country they love. Two performances at 1 PM and 3 PM in MOHAI's Prologue Theater on the 2nd Floor. Cost: included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Winters House Magic Season Open House
Discover family holiday traditions of Bellevue’s past. A selection of Santas from the Golliver Family Santa Collection will be on display at the historic Winters House through January 2015. Eastside Heritage Center is located at 2102 Bellevue Way SE, Bellevue WA. In addition to the annual Magic Season Open House, open hours at the Winters House are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-2. Presented by Eastside Heritage Center, in partnership with Bellevue Parks & Community Service.
Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Hands-On Day at the Shoreline Historical Museum
Please drop in from 11am to 3pm for fun, free projects for children ages 4 to 12. In December, kids can make real folded boxes from a time-honored tradition! The Shoreline Historical Museum is located at 18501 Linden Avenue N in Shoreline. www.shorelinehistorical museum.org
Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Book signing - Images of Modern America: Burien
Burien resident and executive director of the Rainier Valley Historical Society Virginia Wright will be signing her new local history book, "Images of Modern America: Burien," which has been published by Arcadia Publishing. She will be at Burien Books, 824 SW 152nd Street, Burien. The book costs $22.99.
Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Cookies and Cider on the Porch - Log House Museum
Don’t miss the annual tradition of the Christmas Ship’s visit to Alki Beach from 5:10 to 5:30 PM on Saturday, December 13 - and the perfect way to warm up for the holiday songs emanating from this seaborne ambassador is just one block away from the beach at the “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum. The public is welcome to come for “Cookies & Cider on the Porch” starting at 4 PM. The Museum is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Dec 18th, 2014 (Thu) -- Dec 20th, 2014 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Lake Union Lights
Decorated boats compete for your vote while you sip hot beverages and celebrate the season. At South Lake Union. $5 suggested donation per person/$10 per family. Learn more at cwb.org/?i=1
Dec 18th, 2014 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Cafe - A Place at the Table - MOHAI
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the MOHAI Cafe for a lively discussion about history. Each cafe features a different topic, and invites history enthusiasts to come together and share what you know. Grab a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and enjoy learning about the past! Members of the Greeks in Washington Museum will discuss the history behind the upcoming MOHAI exhibit and share some of their holiday cultural and food traditions.. The A Place At The Table exhibit opens at the Museum of History & Industry on February 7, 2015. History Cafe is co-presented by MOHAI, The Seattle Public Library, and HistoryLink.org. Cost: Free (Does not include admission to museum galleries)
Dec 18th, 2014 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  The Christmas Truce – 100th Anniversary
Doors Open at 6 PM - Program Begins at 7 PM (finished around 8:30 PM). Don’t miss the pre-show program by The Whateverly Brothers & Friends, beginning at 6 pm. France 1914 On the frozen fields of France, along the 500-mile front of World War I, the guns fell silent on December 24, 1914. Defying orders and instinct, soldiers on both sides came out of their trenches and ventured into the killing field of No Man's Land to meet their enemies - armed only with curiosity and good wishes. What they found there, and the hours and days they spent in a world without war, echoes still. Seattle 2014 Celebrate Christmas Eve differently this year by celebrating the rise of peace in the most unlikely of places. A dynamic, non-sectarian event will tell the story of the "Christmas Truce" through narrative, image and song. World-renowned singer-songwriter John McCutcheon will be performing throughout the evening, as well as The Seattle Labor Chorus. A pre-show performance by The Whateverly Brothers & Friends will play songs from and about the WWI truce. A Readers Theater will read letters from actual soldiers writing home from the front describing their experience in 1914. Prayers and hopes for peace will be lifted up by a Christian minister, a Jewish Rabbi, a Muslim Imam and a representative of our local secularist community. The evening will be a celebration of the peace of 1914 and reaffirm for a new generation in our desire for genuine, just and lasting peace. The event is absolutely free of charge. Seating is on a first-come basis. Location: University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105 - across the street from the University of Washington and the UW Bookstore parking lot.
Dec 20th, 2014 (Sat)
  Living Voices - Journey From the Dust - MOHAI
Share the story of America's families confronted by the stock market crash of 1929 and the Dust Bowl. Struggling to keep his family together, one young man experiences the loss of his home, the separation of his family, and economic prejudice. Travel hundreds of miles from Oklahoma to the Grand Coulee Dam; discover an American tragedy and the courage to survive. Two performances at 1 PM and 3 PM in MOHAI's Prologue Theater on the 2nd Floor. Cost: Included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Dec 20th, 2014 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Book signing - Images of Modern America: Burien
Burien resident and executive director of the Rainier Valley Historical Society Virginia Wright will be signing her new local history book, "Images of Modern America: Burien," which has been published by Arcadia Publishing. She will be at Page 2 Books, 457 SW 152nd Street, Burien. The book costs $22.99.
Dec 23rd, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  Virginia V Grand Finale Dessert Cruise
Come aboard for the last cruise of the season & the most popular one! The Virginia V will cruise around Lake Union viewing all the decorated floating homes & boats. The ship will meet up with the Christmas Ships by Gas Works Park for the Grand Finale. Desserts & special treats included. More information at www.virginiav.org
Dec 27th, 2014 (Sat)
  Living Voices - Northwest Passages - MOHAI
Witness the dynamically changing Northwest at the turn of the century. The expansion of the railroad, the discovery of gold, labor struggles, and world war - these are the passages experienced by a young Swedish immigrant and her community. As she interacts with her African, Asian, and Native American neighbors you'll discover the diversity of the American experience. Three performances at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM in MOHAI's Prologue Theater on the 2nd Floor. Cost: Included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Dec 31st, 2014 (Wed)
9:00 PM
  Dockside New Year's Eve Party - Virginia V
Come aboard the Virginia V for a dockside celebration. Revel on 2014 & celebrate the start of 2015. The ship is moored in a perfect spot to view the fireworks from the Space Needle. $35 price includes desserts & two drink tickets. Get your tickets now before this popular event sells out. www.virginiav.org