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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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Jan 4th, 2018 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Late Play Dates - White River Valley Museum
Bring the kids to the White River Valley Museum for themed activities and crafts perfect for families and community groups with kids ages 3-12. Free - no registration required. The White River Valley Museum is located in Les Gove Park, 918 H Street SE, Auburn.
Jan 6th, 2018 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Bellevue: A Brief History
Before glass towers defined the skyline and shoppers bustled across busy pavement, Bellevue was a quiet town of dirt roads and scattered homes. The first settlers from Seattle began to drift across Lake Washington in the 1860s. It would take until 1953 for Bellevue to become an incorporated city. Discover how Bellevue grew from a sleepy agricultural village to a leading Pacific Northwest metropolis, with one of the most diverse populations in the nation, at this Heritage Program presented by Eastside Heritage Center’s Education Coordinator, Jane Morton. This presentation is a great way to be introduced to the Bellevue community for newcomers, and for longtime residents who want to better understand the history of their city. Event Location: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center-Douglas Fir Room (1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005) This event is free, and open to the public. Light bites and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. A suggested donation of $5-$10 is warmly appreciated. Donations can be made online HERE or at the event (cash only). To ensure we have enough seating, please register for this event by emailing info@eastsideheritagecenter.org or calling 425-450-1049
Jan 9th, 2018 (Tue)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Suffer for Beauty Curator Lecture - White River Valley Museum
Learn more about the White River Valley Museum's new exhibit, "Suffer for Beauty: Women's History Revealed through Undergarments," co-curated by Museum board member and History Professor at Green River College, Dr. Michelle Marshman and Museum Director Patricia Cosgrove. Free admission - no registration required - space is limited. The Museum is located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jan 13th, 2018 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Georgetown Steam Plant Tour
On Saturday, January 13, Seattle City Light will open the Georgetown Steam Plant to the public for an open house, free guided tours and a chance to learn of key recommendations made by an outside committee comprised of historic preservationists, arts, culture and museum professionals and community small business and history experts. The Georgetown Steam Plant Advisory Committee was convened by the utility in spring of 2016 to advise on future restoration, use and management of the 110-year-old National Historic Landmark, owned by City Light since 1951. City Light has accepted their recommendations and will recognize their work throughout this event with visual representations and a brief ceremony at noon. The plant will be open from 10 AM - 2 PM, with tours beginning at 11 AM and 1 PM. Light refreshments will be served. City Light volunteers and advisory committee members will be on hand to elaborate and answer questions as well as accept community input on what is intended to become one of Seattle’s premier tourism and heritage destinations, serving diverse communities.
Jan 13th, 2018 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Family and Community Day at MOHAI
The Museum of History & Industry celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of our community with a day full of live music, craft activities, and more, inspired by Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. Bring your family, friends, students, kids, and parents for this all-ages event. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union. For more information, visit www.mohai.org
Jan 13th, 2018 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Her-Story: Women's History Told Through Fashion - Kent Historical Museum
The Greater Kent Historical Society invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see historic fashions from Seattle Children’s Hospital’s private, special collection through an exclusive, one-day pop-up exhibit that is not to be missed. The exhibit will include a show-stopping couture dress featuring over 10,000 hand placed Swarovski crystals. At noon there will be a demonstration on “buckram and wire,” a historic millinery technique. If you would like to participate in the hat-making workshop please RSVP to ctyofknt@msn.com, on the museum’s website: www.gkhs.org, or by calling 253-854-4330. Suggested donation $10. The Museum is located in historic Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street, Kent.
Jan 13th, 2018 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  First Annual Redmond Historical Society Dinner/Auction
Live and silent auctions a catered dinner with happy hour costume contest photo booth trivia game and prizes. More information at www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org
Jan 17th, 2018 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  MOHAI's History Cafe - Preserving Neighborhood Stories through Oral History
The Central District is undergoing rapid transformation. Hear the stories of those who call the Central District home and how two oral history projects are not only helping to preserve this legacy but may influence the way in which we imagine our city’s future. This free event takes place in the South Lake Cafe at MOHAI, which is located at 860 Terry Avenue N at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union.
Jan 19th, 2018 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  CWB's Third Friday Speaker Series - The Tail of the Southern Continent
The Center for Wooden Boats' Board of Trustees President Bill Gartz will take the 3rd Friday audience from Seattle to Fin del Mundo, the “end of the earth” at the southern tip of South America, where they’ll embark on a converted Russian research ship. They’ll sail down the Beagle Channel of Darwin fame before crossing the Furious Fifties/Screaming Sixties latitude and the notorious Drake Passage - which sometimes is only “Drake’s Lake” to the Antarctic Circle. The program will be held in CWB's Boathouse Gallery and includes a Q&A. Light refreshments are provided (donations to cover costs are appreciated). The Center for Wooden Boats is located at 1010 Valley Street at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle.
Jan 20th, 2018 (Sat)
  Living Voices:Hear My Voice - MOHAI
How long was the fight for women’s suffrage? Follow Jessie as she learns about the history of the women who started the movement for women’s right to vote, the new generation continuing the fight, and those who oppose it including her parents. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. Performances at 1 PM and 2 PM at the Museum of History & Industry in the Joshua Green Foundation Theater on MOHAI’s second floor. Included with Museum admission. More information at www.mohai.org
Jan 20th, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Greater Kent Historical Society Membership Meeting
The agenda for this annual meeting includes the election of new officers and board members, approving the 2018 budget and hearing a special presentation called "State of Washington During 1918" by Professor Michelle Marshman. In the Rainier Room at Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue N, Kent.
Jan 20th, 2018 (Sat)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  Black Heritage Society of Washington State general meeting
The Black Heritage Society of Washington State invites members and friends to this meeting, which will feature special guest speaker Chief Carmen Best, the Seattle Police Department's Interim Chief of Police and also welcome LaNesha DeBardelaben, new executive director of the Northwest African American Museum. Other guests include Leschi Elementary School students presenting a history of George Washington, founder of the city of Centralia. This program will be held at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. Refreshments will be served. Become members of the Black Heritage Society at this meeting and your membership is good through June 2019. www.bhswa.org
Jan 22nd, 2018 (Mon)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Heritage and Historic Preservation funding workshop
Think through your application at this free workshop where you can get your questions answered by 4Culture staff. (The deadline for applying for 4Culture's 2018 Heritage and Historic Preservation grants is March 7.) At 4Culture's office, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle.
Jan 22nd, 2018 (Mon)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Start-Up Seattle: Lessons Learned from The Seattle 10
What does it take to be a successful start-up company in Seattle? Join John Cook, co-founder of GeekWire, as he moderates a panel of past Seattle 10 winners to find out where they are now and the lessons they have learned. Gain insights into Seattle’s innovative start-up culture and discuss start-up strategies at this panel and networking event. Hosted at the Museum of History & Industry, which is located at 860 Terry Avenue N at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union. $10 for MOHAI and GeekWire members / $25 general public. More information at www.mohai.org
Jan 23rd, 2018 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Local 76-493: Jazz and the Racial Integration of Seattle's Musicians' Union - MOHAI
Mid-century Seattle possessed a rich music scene that was sharply divided along racial lines. Barred from playing in many of the big clubs, members of Seattle’s Black Musicians’ Union–the 493–created a vibrant jazz scene along Jackson Street. Hear from long-time union members about the significance of this musical moment and the ensuing racial integration of the musicians’ unions. Enjoy live jazz performed by current members of the Local 76-493. This program is presented in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum, and is being hosted at the Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Avenue N, at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union. $5 for MOHAI and NAAM members / $10 general public. More information at www.mohai.org
Jan 24th, 2018 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Heritage and Historic Preservation funding workshop
Think through your application at this free workshop where you can get your questions answered by 4Culture staff. (The deadline for applying for 4Culture's 2018 Heritage and Historic Preservation grants is March 7.) At Valley View Library, 17850 Military Road S, SeaTac.
Jan 27th, 2018 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Edwin Pratt and the Civil Rights Movement
Michelle Merriweather, vice-president of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, will present the history of local Civil Rights leader Edwin Pratt, who was a resident of the Shoreline community and executive director of the Seattle Urban League from 1961 to 1969. Learn how he and his colleagues laid the foundation for the continuing work on Civil Rights today. sponsored by the Shoreline Historical Museum and held at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline. Free.
Jan 27th, 2018 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Logging on the Eastside
Join Eastside Heritage Center, Newcastle Historical Society, and Issaquah Alps Trails Club for a public presentation on the Eastside’s logging history. This presentation will cover logging progression from 12-foot hand saws to 2,000 foot skyline cables that cleared whole valleys at Cougar Mountain. Attendees will have the opportunity to see archival photos, tools and equipment used by loggers between 1860-1960. This presentation will take place at the Lewis Creek Park Nature Center, 5808 Lakemont Boulevard SE, Bellevue.
Jan 30th, 2018 (Tue)
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  AKCHO Annual Meeting at the Museum of Flight
Please join AKCHO at its Annual Meeting, which includes a business meeting, luncheon, and program featuring a panel on "Photographer Edward S. Curtis and His Impact." The Meeting takes place at the Museum of Flight. Tickets are $35/person. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.akcho.org and click on the invitation to our Annual Meeting in the right sidebar or contact Alice Stenstrom at alice.stenstrom@mohai.org or 206-324-1126, ext 152. Following the program, attendees will be able to participate in a workshop where you can get your questions answered by 4Culture staff regarding 4Culture's 2018 Heritage and Historic Preservation grants is March 7.)
Jan 31st, 2018 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Heritage and Historic Preservation funding workshop
Think through your application at this free workshop where you can get your questions answered by 4Culture staff. (The deadline for applying for 4Culture's 2018 Heritage and Historic Preservation grants is March 7.) At Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.
Jan 31st, 2018 (Wed)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Black & White Exhibit Opening - Renton History Museum
Come to the Renton History Museum on International Zebra Day for the grand opening of their new exhibit. Trends in black and white clothing, and their associated meanings, differ between communities and throughout time. Explore some of the trendsetters that still have an impact on fashion today. Light refreshments; black and white attire welcome, with extra points for vintage clothing. The Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. www.rentonwa.gov