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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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Jul 1st, 2016 (Fri) -- Jul 4th, 2016 (Mon)
  World War II Bomber and Fighter Aircraft Rides
From July 1-4, ground tours and flights will be available in the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell bombers, and a dual-control P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft at the Museum of Flight. The planes are on the national "Wings of Freedom Tour" sponsored by the non-profit Collings Foundation. This is the only weekend this year scheduled for bomber rides at the Museum. For information on flight reservations and costs, call www.collingsfoundation.org
Jul 2nd, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 3rd, 2016 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Issaquah Valley Trolley rides
The IVT trolley will run every weekend, weather permitting, through the end of September. Passengers board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Boarding passes can be purchased at the ticket window in the waiting room. The fare is $5 per person, which includes the trolley ride plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children aged 5 and under and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free. For more information go to www.issaquahhistory.org
Jul 2nd, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 3rd, 2016 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Summer at Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Kids will love meeting the cows, chickens and donkeys, and going on a tour of the Olsons' farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved farms in King County! Free admission. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 2nd, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Summer Tours
Tour this beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse just outside of Auburn, and learn about the area's history of farming and the many different families that called this place home. Just opened this summer, the Hori family furoba (bath house), newly restored. Suggested donation $3/person. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 4th, 2016 (Mon)
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Heritage Day - Issaquah History Museums
Heritage Day is an opportunity for kids (of all ages!) to try out activities from long-ago Issaquah. You'll have an opportunity to make your own butter, wash clothes on a scrub board, power a pumpcar down the railroad tracks - and that's just for starters! Heritage Day is FREE, and takes place in and around the Issaquah Depot,78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah.
Jul 7th, 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
Jul 7th, 2016 (Thu)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Free First Thursday - MOHAI
MOHAI galleries are free all day, including True Northwest: The Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation. Get immersed in hands-on play in the West Coast premiere of Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s. During this Free First Thursday, make a toy harmonica out of craft sticks and rubber bands. The special exhibit price for the new Toy exhibit during Free First Thursday is $14 adults; $12 student / senior / military.
Jul 8th, 2016 (Fri)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Words, Writers and West Seattle - Once and Future River
The 34th presentation in the Southwest Seattle Historical Society's monthly “Words, Writers & West Seattle” series will be by former Seattle Times photographer Tom Reese - he is the photographer for Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish (University of Washington Press, 2016). Come enjoy his free talk and slide show at Barnes & Noble, Westwood Village.
Jul 9th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 10th, 2016 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Issaquah Valley Trolley rides
The IVT trolley will run every weekend, weather permitting, through the end of September. Passengers board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Boarding passes can be purchased at the ticket window in the waiting room. The fare is $5 per person, which includes the trolley ride plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children aged 5 and under and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free. For more information go to www.issaquahhistory.org
Jul 9th, 2016 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historic Cabins Tours - Historical Society of Federal Way
Tour the cabins of two pioneers and enjoy the boardwalk of a rare 120-acre wetlands preserve located less than a mile from I-5. David Denny, an early Seattle settler, built his cabin on Lower Queen Anne Hill, near Seattle Center, as a real estate office in 1889. The John Barker Cabin, built in 1883, is the oldest structure in Federal Way, housing a number of vintage furniture and household items. Each structure represents a different style of cabin-architecture, providing visitors of all ages with a sense of the 19th-century pioneer lifestyle, all in beautiful surroundings. At West Hylebos Wetlands Park, 411 S 348th Street, Federal Way. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Federal Way, www.federalwayhistory.org
Jul 9th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 10th, 2016 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Summer at Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Kids will love meeting the cows, chickens and donkeys, and going on a tour of the Olsons' farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved farms in King County! Free admission. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 9th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Summer Tours
Tour this beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse just outside of Auburn, and learn about the area's history of farming and the many different families that called this place home. Just opened this summer, the Hori family furoba (bath house), newly restored. Suggested donation $3/person. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 14th, 2016 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Curator’s Talk with Renton History Museum Collection Manager Sarah Samson: Frozen in Time
In conjunction with the Renton History Museum's Frozen in Time exhibit, Museum Collection Manager Sarah Samson discusses the extensive research done on the Museum’s collection of glass plate negatives, and provides tips for interpreting your own historic photos. Light refreshments will be served. The Renton HIstory Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Admission $3.adults; $1/students and children. www.rentonhistory.org
Jul 15th, 2016 (Fri) -- Jul 17th, 2016 (Sun)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum is the only site in the Pacific Northwest to host the 2016 Thomas the Tank Engine's Ready,Set, Go Tour. little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9 AM through 4:30 PM each day of the event. Tickets for Day Out with Thomas are $23/Fridays and $25/Saturdays & Sundays plus tax for ages two and up. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or by calling toll-free 866-468-7630.
Jul 16th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Bookmarks & Landmarks - Neely Mansion - Looking Like the Enemy
Bookmarks & Landmarks is a new book club event in South King County with a local, historic twist. Read one or all of the titles, then visit these historic sites for a program including guest speakers and special tours. Each program will include a group book discussion led by a King County Library System librarian. The series includes: May 21 – Bereiter House – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown June 18 – Mary Olson Farm – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin July 16 – Neely Mansion – Looking Like the Enemy by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald The July 16 event will include author Mary Matsuda Gruenewald and a panel of local members of the Japanese American community, who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. Tours of the Mansion and Hori Furoba (traditional Japanese bath house) will be available. Free, but pre-registration is required. Go online at www.wrvmusem.org or call 253-288-7439. Refreshments at Neely Mansion are being provided through the generosity of Keller Williams realtor Vickie Chynoweth. This event is sponsored in part by Humanities Washington, the King County Library System and SoCoCulture.
Jul 16th, 2016 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Discover SPL's Special Collections: The Future Unrealized
Ever wonder just what’s so special about the Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections? Did you know that there was a plan to connect all of Seattle by rail as early as 1911? What if Seattle Center had never been built? Delve into visionary plans of Seattle’s past. Join us for a peek into the Seattle Central Library's Seattle Room and tour the Library’s Special Collections. This tour will last approximately one hour. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome, but registration is required for this program - eventactions.com Call 206-386-4636.
Jul 16th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 17th, 2016 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Issaquah Valley Trolley rides
The IVT trolley will run every weekend, weather permitting, through the end of September. Passengers board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Boarding passes can be purchased at the ticket window in the waiting room. The fare is $5 per person, which includes the trolley ride plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children aged 5 and under and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free. For more information go to www.issaquahhistory.org
Jul 16th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 17th, 2016 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Summer at Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Kids will love meeting the cows, chickens and donkeys, and going on a tour of the Olsons' farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved farms in King County! Free admission. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 16th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Summer Tours
Tour this beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse just outside of Auburn, and learn about the area's history of farming and the many different families that called this place home. Just opened this summer, the Hori family furoba (bath house), newly restored. Suggested donation $3/person. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 16th, 2016 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  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. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. This performance will take place on the Joshua Green Foundation Theater on MOHAI's second floor. Northwest Passages performances take place at 2 PM and 3 PM. Cost: Included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Jul 17th, 2016 (Sun)
1:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Historic Seattle tour - Coleman Residence
Visit this eye-popping Queen Anne Hill icon that includes wrought iron gates, exotic plantings, decorative shingles, bell-topped current, hand-carved finials, and more - all this a 20-year project to create a unique "Victorian period piece" that sheathes a 1906 cottage. $25 Historic Seattle members, $35 general public. Directions sent to participants after registering. www.historicseattle.org
Jul 17th, 2016 (Sun)
2:00 PM
  SouthWest Stories - A Centennial Salute
Exhibit manager and historian Peder Nelson presents "A Centennial Salute: Boeing's Roots in West Seattle" at the South Park Branch Library, 8604 Eighth Avenue S, Seattle. Co-sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and the Seattle Public Library, this program is free.
Jul 21st, 2016 (Thu)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Fraser Cabin Heritage Programs
Sponsored by the Eastside Heritage Center. Takes place at beautiful Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place SE, Bellevue.
Jul 21st, 2016 (Thu)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Early Bellevue Walking Tour
Asponsored by the Eastside Heritage Center. Meet at Bellevue Downtown Park's Main Entrance and Fountain on NE 4th Street. Register at 425-45--1049 or e-mail info@eastsideheritagecenter.org
Jul 21st, 2016 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  MOHAI's History Café: "Walking Washington's History: Ten Cities" with Judy Bentley
Walking Washington's History: Ten Cities, a follow-up to Judy Bentley's bestselling Hiking Washington's History, showcases the state's engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities. Hear about Washington’s distinctive locations from Bentley on a literary journey beginning in Vancouver, WA and ending in Bellevue. Discover both the visible and invisible markers of Washington history underfoot. Free at the MOHAI Cafe, 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle.
Jul 22nd, 2016 (Fri) -- Jul 24th, 2016 (Sun)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum is the only site in the Pacific Northwest to host the 2016 Thomas the Tank Engine's Ready,Set, Go Tour. little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9 AM through 4:30 PM each day of the event. Tickets for Day Out with Thomas are $23/Fridays and $25/Saturdays & Sundays plus tax for ages two and up. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or by calling toll-free 866-468-7630.
Jul 23rd, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 24th, 2016 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Issaquah Valley Trolley rides
The IVT trolley will run every weekend, weather permitting, through the end of September. Passengers board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Boarding passes can be purchased at the ticket window in the waiting room. The fare is $5 per person, which includes the trolley ride plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children aged 5 and under and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free. For more information go to www.issaquahhistory.org
Jul 23rd, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 24th, 2016 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Summer at Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Kids will love meeting the cows, chickens and donkeys, and going on a tour of the Olsons' farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved farms in King County! Free admission. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 23rd, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Summer Tours
Tour this beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse just outside of Auburn, and learn about the area's history of farming and the many different families that called this place home. Just opened this summer, the Hori family furoba (bath house), newly restored. Suggested donation $3/person. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 28th, 2016 (Thu)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Toys Teen Night - MOHAI
MOHAI invites all teens and TeenTix members to enter the vintage world of Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Join an oversized game tournament, create a LEGO mini-figure, take a picture at the Toys selfie station, and try a slew of fun games with special guests Card Kingdom. Then be sure to uncover the origins of Barbie, GI Joe, Slinky, and Mr. Potato Head. Included with museum admission, and just $5 with TeenTix pass.
Jul 30th, 2016 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Greater Kent Historical Society at Kent Farmers' Market
Located in Kent's Town Square Plaza at the major intersections of 2nd Avenue & Smith Street in downtown Kent, next to the Kent Library.
Jul 30th, 2016 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Toymaker's Workshop - MOHAI
"Mr. Toymaker" Rick Hartman of School of Toy brings his popular, hands-on workshop to MOHAI's July Maker Day! Use simple tools to construct an amazing wooden toy that brings out everyone's inner scientist and inventor. Included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Jul 30th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 31st, 2016 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Issaquah Valley Trolley rides
The IVT trolley will run every weekend, weather permitting, through the end of September. Passengers board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Boarding passes can be purchased at the ticket window in the waiting room. The fare is $5 per person, which includes the trolley ride plus admission to the Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children aged 5 and under and members of the Issaquah History Museums ride free. For more information go to www.issaquahhistory.org
Jul 30th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jul 31st, 2016 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Summer at Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Kids will love meeting the cows, chickens and donkeys, and going on a tour of the Olsons' farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved farms in King County! Free admission. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 30th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Summer Tours
Tour this beautifully restored Victorian farmhouse just outside of Auburn, and learn about the area's history of farming and the many different families that called this place home. Just opened this summer, the Hori family furoba (bath house), newly restored. Suggested donation $3/person. www.neelymansion.org