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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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Jan 2nd, 2015 (Fri)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Words, Writers & West Seattle - Christine Brant
The author of Red and Grey appears 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.
Jan 10th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - Redmond History 101
This overview is a great introduction to Redmond for newer residents and a fun refresher, with surprises for long-timers. In 1871, Warren Perrigo, followed by Luke McRedmond in 1872, homesteaded in the area that years later became Redmond.Who were these men and their families? Where did they come from? How did they get started and where did they locate? How did the city gain its name? What were the first businesses? We promise there won't be a test afterward, but you will be leaving with fun facts and trivia to share at your next neighborhood party! Presented by Joe Townsend, Vice President and Corporate Treasurer, Redmond Historical Society. At Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond. Admission is free.
Jan 10th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM
  Issaquah's Architecture
Issaquah History Museums presents King County preservation planner Charlie Sandberg, who will share a slide show of photos and history about the architecture here in Issaquah.From the original mining company houses on Squak Mountain, to the recreated Pickering Barn, to the expansion of new neighborhoods throughout the community, we continue to shape history and our community with more than wood and concrete. This free program is open to the public at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. The talk will be followed by a conversation with the audience. Ask questions about how we build, how we plan, and the nature of what is "historic" architecture. What lasts and what gives way to the new? To learn more, contact the Issaquah History Museums at info@issaquahhistory.org or by calling 425-392-3500.
Jan 12th, 2015 (Mon)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Learning from Historic Sites - Historic Seattle annual meeting
Join us at Broadway Performance Hall for a screening of a new video history of Broadway High School, Broadway Pride. Tony Ogilvie and Alumni Association archivist Jeff Watts, who coordinated the video project, will introduce it. Free/donation; light refreshments served To pre-register, visit www.historicseattle.org or call (206) 622-6952, ext. 221. At Broadway Performance Hall (Seattle Central College), 1625 Broadway at E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Jan 15th, 2015 (Thu)
4:00 PM
  Cultural Access Washington meeting - 12th Avenue Arts Building
This will be a time to discuss updates and strategies for Cultural Access Washington legislation that will be introduced during the 2015 legislative session (HB 1107), and to answer any questions. Meeting takes place at the new 12th Avenue Arts building, 1620 12th Avenue in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. In addition, attendees will have a chance to tour the new 12th Ave Arts building. For more information, visit www.culturalaccesswa.org
Jan 15th, 2015 (Thu)
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  #Black Lives Matter - Northwest African American Museum
In conjunction with Pecha Kucha Seattle and the Seattle People of Color Salon, the Northwest African American Museum will host PKN SEA vol. 58: #BlackLivesMatter – Examining American Identity in the 21st Century. The event will bring together voices from across our community to illuminate the landscape of activism shaping our regional and national conversation around race and to provide tools and resources to inspire change. Location change - now happening at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Free.
Jan 15th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Icons of the Future - Seattle Architecture Foundation
When thinking of the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge or Eiffel Tower, we are immediately transported to the cities they have grown to symbolize. In Seattle, the Space Needle is an emblem of our city and of the Pacific Northwest, appearing as a visual reference in film and material culture. These buildings all encapsulate important information about the time in which they were created, expressing how a city saw itself and the values they wished to embody. Speakers will discuss historical icons and talk about what new icons will make their mark on Seattle. Speakers include Steve Badanes, UW College of Built Environments; Knute Berger, Crosscut; and Allyn Stellmacher, ZGF. Rainier Square Conference Center, 1333 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor. Tickets: $15/general, $10/SAF members, $5/students
Jan 15th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Cafe - Grays Harbor Happenings - MOHAI
Grays Harbor Happenings: Small Town Life in the 1920's Through the Newsreels of C.D. Anderson - presented by Hannah Palin, Film Archives Specialist, and Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator with UW Special Collections, who will talk about the making of the award-winning documentary film "Grays Harbor Happenings". The documentary draws on newsreels shot by Charles Anderson, a photographer who worked in the Aberdeen and Hoquiam area. Cost: Free (but does not include admission to museum galleries) At the Museum of History & Industry's Compass Cafe, 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.
Jan 17th, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
  Discover Family History with Music - Neely Mansion annual membership meeting
The Neely Mansion Association’s annual membership meeting begins with a short business meeting and then a program with Janet O’Conor Camarata “Discover Family History with Music.” At the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S in Auburn. Free and open to the public.
Jan 19th, 2015 (Mon)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  MLK Jr. Day Celebration - NAAM
Come Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday at the Northwest African American Museum. Bring the whole family next Monday to enjoy family-friendly activities throughout the day. At 1 PM there will be a screening of the animated film Our Friend Martin about a young boy's adventure through history. Free Parking. Free snacks. Admission by donation. www.naamnw.org
Jan 22nd, 2015 (Thu)
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  Author talk - The First Sculptor of Seattle - Seattle University
Fred Poyner IV, art historian and curator for the Washington State Historical Society, will talk about his recent book, "The First Sculptor of Seattle — The Life and Art of James A. Wehn." Wehn created many of the iconic Chief Seattle sculptures around Seattle and other important historic figures of the Pacific Northwest. The book explores his life and art, his creative process and artistic challenges. The talk will take place at Seattle University's Wyckoff Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, on Seattle's Capitol Hill. The author will have copies of his book available for purchase - the regular price on Amazon is $55, but there will be a limited number of copies available at the talk for $40.
Jan 22nd, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM
  The Epiphany
the Epiphany is a new play inspired by actual events. Set against the backdrop of Nazi occupation in Norway, Marie finds herself in a dilemma when she must house the highest ranking Nazi officer in her home, jeopardizing her estranged husband's work as a resistance fighter. This is part of the Norwegian-American Veterans Theatre Project. 6 PM reception, 7 PM presentation. $10 for Nordic Heritage Museum members, veterans and students: $12 general admission. www.nordicmuseum.org
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  Origins of Aerospace Lecture Series - Museum of Flight
This multi-presentation symposium will feature discussions on the topics of the birth of the airmail industry, the Spoils Conference, and Bill Boeing’s impact and influence on aviation and the Pacific Northwest specifically. Barry Rosenberg and Catherine Macaulay, authors of “Mavericks of the Sky,” will discuss early airmail from 10:30 a.m. until noon, followed by a book signing at 3:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., Boeing Historian Mike Lombardi and Museum Senior Curator Dan Hagedorn will tackle the subject of Boeing’s early years, and their contribution to the airmail industry locally and nationally and help unravel the myths of early airmail delivery in the United States. For a time in the 1920s and early 1930s, airmail service quickly helped build commercial air service and bring attention to the Army Air Corps at a time when it was plagued by Depression-era politics. The true story of these dramatic events in aviation have long been colored by the inaccurate accounts of the day. The result of years of research by Hagedorn and Lombardi, this insightful program aims to shed new light on the history and influence of airmail's pivotal period. This lecture is part of the Museum of Flight's 50th Anniversary Origins of Aerospace Lecture Series.
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Greater Kent Historical Society annual meeting
The Greater Kent Historical Society annual meeting will be in the Rainier Room at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue N in Kent. The primary purpose of the meeting is to update the membership on the status of the society and the museum. There will be reports from the President, Treasurer, and Director. Action items will include a vote for the annual budget and a vote to invest the board of Trustees. There will also be a short video presentation centered on Mayor Isabelle Hogan and the Kent Parks System.
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Fremont Fireside Chat - Fremont Honorary Mayor Armen Stepanian
The Fremont Fireside Chat series of live presentations on Fremont history and culture will feature Fremocentrist Kirby Lindsay’s interview with Fremont’s Honorary Mayor Armen Stepanian and a celebration of the 140th anniversary of the first platting of Fremont. This one-hour (or so…) program, presented by Fremocentrist.com, is generously sponsored by HomeStreet Bank. The free presentation will end with a question-and-answer, and a juice-and-cookie reception. At History House, 790 N 34th Street in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood (aka the Center of the Universe). For more information on this presentation, e-mail instigator@fremocentrist.com
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2 PM - Then and Now with Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard
The Highline Historical Society hosts this popular program featuring documentary photographer/historians Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard who share then and now photos of the Puget Sound region. At SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac. Free admission.
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Volunteers for Outdoor Washington Annual Banquet
At Eastshore Unitarian Church in Spring Hall, 12700 SE 32nd St, Bellevue ( 1 block north of Factoria and I90). The doors will open at 4 PM with dinner at 5 PM. There will be a background slide show of VOW’s 2014 activities and hopefully a couple of additional exhibits. The program is at 6 PM- a presentation by Craig Romano on his new book, "Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands." Craig is an avid hiker, runner, paddler, and cyclist, and is the author of nine books. He is a good and enthusiastic speaker and will be showing slides of the hikes. The menu will be hearty vegan soup, roasted chicken and lamb, salad bar, baked potato bar, sautéed vegetables, rolls, and pies as well as complementary wine donated by Cascadia Inn in Skykomish. RSVP required - please indicate how many will be in your party. Call 206-517-3019 or 206-368-2688 or email Info@TrailVolunteers.org www.trailvolunteers.org
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
6:30 PM
  Teachings of the First People - Roger Fernandes
The Vachon-Maury Island Heritage Association presents this program of tribal historian, teacher, and storyteller Roger Fernandes, in conjunction with the Vashon Heritage Museum's current special exhibit, "Vashon Island's Native People: Navigating Seas of Change." This free event will happen at the Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road. It is appropriate for the whole family.
Jan 24th, 2015 (Sat)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Opening reception at NAAM - The Fabric of Our Lives
Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, Seattle artist Anastacia Tolbert has created a historio-artistic exploration of the formal abolition of slavery. Tolbert intertwines our past with our present to expose the true fabric of our lives. At the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. www.naamnw.org
Jan 27th, 2015 (Tue)
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  AKCHO Annual Membership Meeting - Nordic Heritage Museum
Program: Lorraine McConaghy “Speaking History: An Overview of Readers’ Theater” Join us for AKCHO’s annual meeting at the Nordic Heritage Museum. We will enjoy a morning beverage service and a catered lunch. The program will be presented by MOHAI public historian emeritus Lorraine McConaghy, who will be discussing a multi-media, participatory program exploring opportunities of readers’ theater. We also look forward to hearing from 4Culture and KCHPP, as well as AKCHO. The annual meeting is a great time to reconnect with AKCHO and your fellow heritage organizations. Join us this January for what is sure to be a wonderful program and lunch! We'll be meeting in the Auditorium of the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th Street in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. www.nordicmuseum.org
Jan 29th, 2015 (Thu)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Second Annual UW Labor Studies Social
Join the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies in the UW HUB, Room 214, for its second annual meet-and-greet dedicated to networking faculty and students at the University of Washington. Founded in 1992, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies supports research, teaching and community outreach at the University of Washington in order to promote the study of labor in all of its facets - locally, nationally, and worldwide. Meet other faculty and students interested in Labor Studies from departments across campus; learn more about scholarships and research grants opportunities; learn about internship opportunities with local labor organizations; meet Seattle area labor leaders; enjoy drinks and refreshments! RSVPs are requested - contact the Bridges Center at 206-543-7946, or e-mail hbcls@uw.edu.
Jan 30th, 2015 (Fri)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town - Wing Luke Museum
Please RSVP at www.facebook.com for the screening of acclaimed PBS documentary Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town. The film explores the education opportunity gap in Long Beach, California—the city with America’s largest Khmer community. The evening also includes cultural performances by UW Lecturer Luoth Yin, the Lao Heritage Foundation, and a Vietnamese hip-hop group. Local students will also share their stories. The Wing Luke Museum is located at 719 S Jackson Street in Seattle's International District.
Jan 31st, 2015 (Sat)
  Celebrate Pippi Longstocking - Nordic Heritage Museum
Breakfast at Pippi's - 10 AM - 11:30 AM - dress up as your favorite character from the Pippi Longstocking stories and have a delicious breakfast of Swedish pancakes complete with live music and dancing. No reservations needed. Cost $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Includes museum admission. Pippi Longstocking Movie - 12 PM - 1:30 PM - screening of Pippi Longstocking dubbed in English. Appropriate for all ages. No reservations needed. Suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for children. www.nordicmuseum.org
Jan 31st, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Author talk - The First Sculptor of Seattle - Issaquah Library
Fred Poyner IV, art historian and curator for the Washington State Historical Society, will talk about his recent book, "The First Sculptor of Seattle — The Life and Art of James A. Wehn." Wehn created many of the iconic Chief Seattle sculptures around Seattle and other important historic figures of the Pacific Northwest. The book explores his life and art, his creative process and artistic challenges. The talk will take place at the Issaquah Library, 10 W Sunset Way, Issaquah. The author will have copies of his book available for purchase - the regular price on Amazon is $55, but there will be a limited number of copies available at the talk for $40.
Jan 31st, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Documentary screening: Frederick Law Olmsted, Designing America
The Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm under the leadership of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and sons John Charles and Frederick Law, Jr. left a lasting legacy across North America. This PBS documentary is of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. who is remembered for Central Park New York, the Biltmore, Yosemite Nat'l Park, Niagra Falls and will be presented by consulting producer, Laurence Cotton. FSOP's Jennifer Ott will add comments on Seattle’s Olmsted Park System primarily the work of John Charles Olmsted. The screening will take place at the Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle. This program is free. seattleolmsted.org