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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.

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Feb 2nd, 2016 (Tue)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Kent Library
4Culture staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about how you might apply for funding for a 4Culture heritage or historic preservation project. The Kent Library is located at 212 2nd Avenue N, Kent.
Feb 2nd, 2016 (Tue)
7:00 PM
  Dome's Day
The St. James Cathedral marks the centennial of the church's dome collapse during a heavy snowfall, with an event featuring a kazoo band, Irish stepdance performance, old-time hymns, dramatic narration, ice cream, cocoa, and history. At 804 9th Avenue on Seattle's First Hill. Free.
Feb 4th, 2016 (Thu)
  Late Play Date - White River Valley Museum
On the first Thursday of every month drop-in for free admission and themed activities perfect for families with children 3 – 12 years of age, no registration required. www.wrvmuseum.org
Feb 4th, 2016 (Thu)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Preservation Special Projects funding workshop - downtown Seattle
Come to 4Culture's office at 101 S Prefontaine Place in Seattle's Pioneer Square to ask 4Culture staff any questions you might have about applying for 4Culture's Preservation Special Projects funding.
Feb 6th, 2016 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Depot Playdate - Issaquah History Museums
Issaquah History Museums welcomes guests to celebrate “sweets and sweeties” at the historic Issaquah Depot Museum! Drop in with your children for a hands-on exploration of February traditions of the past. Volunteers and kids will talk about important people in our lives and how we show them they are important. One homesick soldier’s request for cookies from Mom will guide conversation about the powerful connections between food and love. Kids will look at reproductions of Valentines and other “love” notes between friends and family. Kids will be able to decorate Valentines and/or a cookie to take home. The Depot Playdate series is funded by 4Culture. At each Depot Playdate, participants are invited to do a hands-on activity and to examine related items from the Issaquah History Museums' collection. Kids (of all ages!) can get a deeper sense of Issaquah's past while they have fun. Coffee or tea is also provided. The Issaquah Depot Museum is located at 78 First Avenue N in Issaquah. Free admission.
Feb 6th, 2016 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Lunar New Year in the International District
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in the Inernational District at the Wing Luke Museum - Lion Dance at 11 AM, followed by New Year games, crafts, face painting, stuffed petting zoo. www.wingluke.org
Feb 6th, 2016 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Astronaut Stephanie Wilson at the Museum of Flight
Three-time space traveler, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, served onboard space shuttle missions STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007 and STS-131 in 2010. During her last two missions she was the primary robotic arm operator supporting spacewalks and for directing the "Leonardo" module in and out of the shuttle's cargo bay. Wilson has logged more than 42 days in space. In 2015 she received Harvard's Distinguished Alumnus Award. The presentation is free with admission to the Museum. www.museumofflight.org
Feb 7th, 2016 (Sun) -- Feb 8th, 2016 (Mon)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  NorthWest Scale Modelers Show
Explore hundreds of displays in miniature at the 2015 NorthWest Scale Modelers Show at the Museum of Flight Feb. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See hundreds of detailed scale models of all types at the state's largest show of its kind. While airplane and spacecraft models predominate, there are also exotic cars, boats, and creations from fantasy. The show includes modeling seminars with the experts, with free make-and-take activities for families.
Feb 7th, 2016 (Sun)
1:30 PM
  Paul Dorpat talks about Ivar Haglund
Photo historian Paul Dorpat gives a free talk and slide show on legendary restauraeur, folksinger and goofball promoter Ivar Haglund. Co-presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library, at the West Seattle Library, 2306 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle.
Feb 9th, 2016 (Tue)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Kenmore Library
4Culture staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about how you might apply for funding for a 4Culture heritage or historic preservation project. The Kenmore Library is located at 6531 NE 181st Street, Kenmore.
Feb 9th, 2016 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Show Your Love HeartBomb - Historic Seattle Interurban event
“Show Your Love HeartBomb” is a city-wide love letter with people weighing in about places that matter. Here’s a chance for like-minded lovers of Seattle to come together, grab a drink, and get their creative juices flowing, while crafting handmade valentines. HeartBombing is a fun, public display of affection to raise awareness about what’s cherished in a community. Historic Seattle provides construction paper, markers, tissue paper, and glitter glue. People decide which place to HeartBomb and personalize their valentine with other items such as string, buttons, salvaged objects, etc. They’ll take their heart creation and snap a shot of themselves at their special place, and then share on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This event will happen at the Filson flagship store, 1741 1st Avenue S in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood. $5 advance, $10 at the door. historicseattle.org
Feb 11th, 2016 (Thu)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Heritage Projects funding workshop - downtown Seattle
Come to 4Culture's office at 101 S Prefontaine Place in Seattle's Pioneer Square to ask 4Culture staff any questions you might have about applying for 4Culture's Heritage Projects funding.
Feb 11th, 2016 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Seattle Antifreeze - Top Pot Doughnuts
What does the recipe for culinary success look like in Seattle? For Top Pot Doughnuts it's the combination of a unique, secret recipe from the 1920s, a catchy name (with a fun story), and a retro place to relax and enjoy a donut (or two). Relish in Seattle's sweet history while sampling signature donuts with donuts with Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck and MOHAI. Free program at MOHAI's Compass Cafe, but does not include admission to museum galleries. www.mohai.org
Feb 13th, 2016 (Sat)
  The Ultimate Valentine Tea
The Greater Kent Historical Society and the Neely Mansion Association are co-hosting a unique Valentine Tea afternoon for you and your loved ones. Bring your special one to historic Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street, Kent, to enjoy a nice cup of tea, light refreshments, and a special dessert of chocolate treats with a glass of red wine. Everyone will receive a Valentine flower. After dining, please visit our special Valentine exhibit that will highlight the holiday’s traditions including vintage Valentine cards, chocolate, and flowers. Three seatings: 12:30, 2, or 3:30 PM. Space is limited so reservations are required by February 8, 2016. Please click on the Events tab on www.gkhs.org to pay via your credit card or call 253-854-4330 to pay by check.
Feb 13th, 2016 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Speaker Series - History of the Sammamish Valley News
Hear the story of Redmond’s longstanding newspaper, the Sammamish Valley News, through photos, stories and anecdotes from its pages. Founded in 1946 by Bob Bailie, the Sammamish Valley News was Redmond’s community newspaper until 1997. Presented by journalist Jeanne Gustafson who currently volunteers as the newsletter editor for the Redmond Historical Society. Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series. 10:30 AM to Noon (Doors open at 10:00). Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA. Suggested $5 donation for non-members. Speakers subject to change. www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org
Feb 13th, 2016 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  Black History Month celebration - MOHAI
Special film screenings, performances, photography, and more! Participate in a community panel discussion continuing the Town Hall Seattle conversation on the role of Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movement in Hip-Hop. $7 special admission price all day, which includes all programming.
Feb 13th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  The Saturday Spin - MOHAI
Every second Saturday during the run of The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at the Museum of History & Industry, experience the dynamic sounds of Hip-Hop as local DJ's spin vinyl in the Walker Gallery. Curated by Seattle natives Jazmyn Scott (The Town Entertainment) and Aaron Walker-Loud (Big World Breaks), The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop immerses visitors in the sights and sounds of our region’s growing Hip-Hop culture through audio recordings, photography, artwork, artifacts, and more. The exhibit is open through May 1, 2016. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. www.mohai.org
Feb 13th, 2016 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Hearts, History & Chocolate - Historical Society of Federal Way
Guest speaker Rick Johnson will talk about The HIstory of Redondo, and attendees will enjoy a chocolate buffet to their heart's content - hence the title of this program. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Federal Way. At the Hampton Inn, 31720 Gateway Boulevard S, Federal Way. $25/person. Limited seating - please RSVP at 253-945-7842 or contactus@federalwayhistory.org
Feb 15th, 2016 (Mon)
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Presidents' Day Celebration at NAAM
Families and educators are invited to celebrate Presidents’ Day with us at the Northwest African American Museum. There will be educational activities, including Michelle and Barack dress up, make-and-take presidential finger puppets, and storytelling by Eva Abram. Exhibits will be open. Explore local and national stories on your own or take a tour. This is a free event. The Northwest African American Museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street in Seattle. www.naamnw.org
Feb 17th, 2016 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Bag Swap! - White River Valley Museum
In conjunction with its new exhibit, "Small Bags for Big Events: 100 Years of Pretty Purses," the White River Valley Museum is hosting this bag swap. See their new exhibit of sparkly handbags and go home with a purse that's new to you! Bring an excellent condition handbag valued between $60 - $120 to swap or steal in a friendly purse-centered white elephant. Wine and light snacks are included. This is a 21+ event. All online registrants will be added to a guest list. NO tickets will be issued or mailed. *Registrations are non-negotiable and non-refundable. www.wrvmuseum.org
Feb 18th, 2016 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  MOHAI's History Cafe - Queer People of Color Artistry Explored
A panel of Seattle artists discuss their experiences as queer people of color (QPOC) and the representation and visibility of QPOC in media, history, activism, and the art world. DJ SassyBlack of Cat of THEESatisfaction will moderate the conversation. Free but does not include museum admission. www.mohai.org
Feb 19th, 2016 (Fri)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Friday/Funday - White River Valley Museum
Drop off your 7 – 12 year old kiddos off at the Museum for a morning packed with history, science and art activities. www.wrvmuseum.org
Feb 20th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Archaeology Day - Burke Museum
Try your hand at the ancient hunting skill of atlatl throwing; watch flintknapping demos and discover how projectile points were made; find out what your car keys are made of or if your ring is pure gold with an X-ray fluorescence ray gun used to analyze artifacts. All these activities are included with regular museum admission. www.burkemuseum.org
Feb 20th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Downtown History Hike - Issaquah
As part of Issaquah History Museums’ winter line-up, story-teller extraordinaire Doug Bristol will lead a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the Native Americans to the present day. The tour will begin and end in the historic Issaquah Depot Museum. Participants will walk about two miles of level sidewalk over the course of about two hours, gaining a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps, and observation of the changing landscape. Walks are held rain or shine. Participants should bring water and snacks. Please leave animal companions at home. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $10.00 general admission or $7.50 for members, and are available via Eventbrite. Hikes are held rain or shine. To learn more, contact the Issaquah History Museums at info@issaquahhistory.org or by calling 425-392-3500.
Feb 20th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Historic Seattle tour - Religious Life off Campus: University District Churches
Historic Seattle visits a number of significant historic churches in the city’s University District: the wood-frame University Methodist Episcopal Church dedicated in 1907 (now Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Seattle) served visitors to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition; the congregation moved in 1927 to the Collegiate Gothic brick United Methodist Temple; the University Congregational Church, completed in 1953; architect Ellsworth Storey’s charming Unitarian church of 1915, now a part of the campus of University Presbyterian Church, whose sanctuary was completed in 1952; University Christian Church, completed in 1928 to accommodate 1,500 worshipers and its 1960 chapel; and the former Third Church of Christ, Scientist, now The City Church, designed by George Foote Dunham, the same architect whose First Hill Christian Science church is now Town Hall Seattle. Architectural details abound, including outstanding traditional stained glass from Willet Studios in Philadelphia, Povey in Portland, Oregon, Anthony G. Rez, who worked with key Seattle companies C.C. Belknap and W.P. Fuller, and local artist James Fitzgerald. Learn about the architecture, but also about the challenges of maintaining these properties with small congregations, the pressures of growth and change in the neighborhood. Where: Meet at Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Seattle 4142 Brooklyn Ave NE Registration: $35 general public / $25 Historic Seattle members Register online at www.historicseattle.org or call (206) 622-6952
Feb 20th, 2016 (Sat)
2:30 PM
  Seattle Asian American Film Festival - Densho
Densho will co-present a series of short films about the Asian American experience in the Pacific Northwest. The event will begin at 2:30 and is free. The screening includes a short documentary by George Takei, a film about Shiro Kashino, a World War II Nisei veteran, and another that examines the model minority stereotype. Visit the Seattle Asian American Film Festival website to see the full line-up. RSVP for the event here: www.facebook.com
Feb 23rd, 2016 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  AKCHO membership meeting - Conversation with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at Seattle Public Library
Learn more about the Seattle Public Library's history and culture services in this Community Conversation with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1. Turner will discuss some of the Library's new projects and wants to hear what resources and programs are most important to AKCHO members. He also will provide an update on expanded services made possible by the Library levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2012. This program is part of a series of community discussions Turner is having on five service priorities that are guiding the future of the Library. The series kicked off in October 2015 with a conversation about youth and early learning. Future conversations will be devoted to his other three priorities – technology and access, community engagement and re-imagined spaces.
Feb 23rd, 2016 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  7 PM - Trees of Soos Creek Botanical Garden
Discover the amazing trees of Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center. This program will feature many of the trees found at the Garden, which were planted from the 1960's to the 1980's by Garden director Maurice Skagen. Some are unique with stories of their own, such as the Franklinia, Judas tree, Umbrella Pine, Banana tree, Lion's Head Maple, Dawn Redwood, and Aptos Blue Sequoia. This program is sponsored by the Late Bloomers Garden Club and will be held at the Covington Library, 27100 164th Avenue SE, Covington. Free admission.
Feb 24th, 2016 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Complex Exchange: Race, Power and the Politics of Representation - NAAM
Join us at the Northwest African American Museum for this evening of entertainment and excitement, including a provocative conversation amongst Barbara Earl Thomas, Zithri Saleem and Quinton Morris. Explore what happens when one is deeply immersed in art, technology and music and how it relates to questions of tradition and innovation: Owning a tradition not associated with African Americans. How technology is as much about African Americans as anything you can find out there. Knowing who you are as an artist and musician. Complex Exchange is a program partnership between NAAM and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). This first in a series is inspired by Kehinde Wiley: The New Republic, (opening February 11 at SAM) and The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper (at NAAM through April 17). The Northwest African American Museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. This program is free, if your RSVP. www.naamnw.org
Feb 25th, 2016 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  NAAM Genealogy Speaker Series: Janice C. Lovelace
Janice C. Lovelace will offer an in-depth look at the physical and emotional effects of the trauma of slavery on descendants. An overview of DNA, epigenetics and inheritance of health issues will also be explored. At the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachuesetts Street, Seattle. www.naamnw.org
Feb 25th, 2016 (Thu)
6:30 PM
  Greece 2016 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Markos Kounalakis is a print and network broadcast journalist and author who covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological. He reported the overthrow of communism for Newsweek in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria and the outbreak of ethnic strife and war in Yugoslavia. He was based in Rome and Vienna and later ran the magazine’s Prague satellite bureau for more than a year. Currently Kounalakis is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; a senior fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and President and publisher emeritus of the Washington Monthly. Presented by UW Hellenic Studies Program with help from the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State. Free and open to the public at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Community Hall, 2100 Boyer Avenue E, Seattle. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Feb 25th, 2016 (Thu)
6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  Historic Pub Crawl - Issaquah History Museums
Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you. The event starts at the Issaquah Depot then takes you through five of Issaquah’s downtown establishments each featuring a small cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives and juicy tidbits on the people of Issaquah and times gone by. The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a drink and chocolate. Price includes souvenir glass! The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves some walking and standing outdoors, please plan and dress accordingly. $50.
Feb 27th, 2016 (Sat)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  Defeating Racism Today - Issaquah Train Depot
Issaquah History Museums presents Humanities Washington speaker Eva Abram with her program "Defeating Racism Today: What Does it Take?" The program takes place at the Train Depot, 78 First Avenue NE in Issaquah.
Feb 27th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Preserving Your Family Treasures - Preserving Photos - White River Valley Museum
White River Valley Museum Curator of Collections Hilary Pittenger will share her best tips and tricks for preserving your family’s treasures. Bring your questions! Included in regular Museum admission or membership. No registration required. www.wrvmuseum.org
Feb 28th, 2016 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Bungalow Heaven documentary - Historic Seattle screening
Bungalow Heaven is a leafy, close-knit neighborhood of historic, early 20th century bungalow homes, many built during the Arts & Crafts period in Pasadena, California. The Landmark District, the first of its kind, was created in 1989 to preserve the historic significance of these homes. Bungalow Heaven is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as one of the “10 great places in America” by the American Planning Association. Filmmaker Joaquin Montalvan moved to Bungalow Heaven in 1997. Over the next 18 years, he cultivated friendships and bonds in the neighborhood and became part of its community, paving the way for him to film and direct the new documentary presented by American Bungalow magazine. The documentary reflects the challenges that communities face in preserving distinctive single-family neighborhoods in the face of ongoing growth pressures. At Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. $15 general public.