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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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Aug 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
Aug 4th, 2016 (Thu)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Free First Thursday - MOHAI
The Museum of History & Industry's 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, channel the 1970s and make a toy rock. Then make sure to see the first version in Toys. August's Free First Thursday also features a celebration of the culmination of the Scribes Writing Camp! Join MOHAI and Hugo House on board the SS Virigina V as middle- and high-school students read their work developed over this two-week program. The special exhibit price (for Toys) during Free First Thursday is: $14 adults; $12 student / senior / military.
Aug 4th, 2016 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Sunsets at Mary Olson Farm Concert Series
Experience a lovely chamber music performance by the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. This concert features a "Summer String Celebration." For tickets and more information visit www.auburnsymphony.org or call 253-887-7777.
Aug 6th, 2016 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  Seattle Youth Empowerment Day - MOHAI
The Museum of History & Industry is co-hosting Seattle's second annual Youth Empowerment Day! Young adults will have the opportunity to work alongside local leaders to deepen their knowledge of issues affecting their communities. Youth Empowerment Day features a variety of sessions combining guest speakers and hands-on activities with a focus on solutions, including youth mental health and substance abuse; homelessness; refugee communities; and social entrepreneurship. Cost $10, scholarships available. More information at www.mohai.org MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle.
Aug 6th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Downtown History Hike - Issaquah
Explore some of Issaquah’s hidden history on this easy stroll through the historic downtown. A museum guide will lead participants on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the Native Americans who first lived in the area up to Issaquah’s growth into a small town, circa 1925. You’ll hear about how changes in transportion impacted Issaquah’s growth, and what life was like in a town of just 1,000 people. The tour will begin at 10 AM. Advance registration is required; order tickets via Eventbrite. Participants check in at the Issaquah Depot. It will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last approximately two hours. Walks are held rain or shine. We recommend that you bring water and snacks, and request that you leave animal companions at home. Contact the Issaquah History Museums office at 425/392-3500 or info@issaquahhistory.org if you have any questions.
Aug 6th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  A Day in the Life of Kenmore - Photo Contest
Sponsored by the Kenmore Heritage Society and Kenmore Camera, this fun photo contest welcomes photographers of any age, any digital camera, and all skill levels. The event begins with a 10 AM sign-up on Saturday, August 6, at Kenmore Camera, 6708 NE 181st St, Kenmore, where six mystery categories will be revealed. Awards and prizes will go to those whose photos offer the most creative interpretations of the mystery categories. Photos must be taken within Kenmore city limits. Photos taken until 12 midnight on August 6 are eligible.
Aug 6th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 7th, 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
Aug 6th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 7th, 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
Aug 6th, 2016 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  The Sporting Life on UW's Campus - Historic Seattle tour
With the Lake Washington Ship Canal being cut in 1916, the water level of lake dropped and the University of Washington developed the newly revealed land for a stadium, golf course, and canoe house. Since then, the Hec Edmudson Pavilion and the Intramural Atheletic building have been added. Tour new and historic buildings on this tour. Please pre-register: $35 general public, $25 Historic Seattle members. www.historicseattle.org
Aug 12th, 2016 (Fri)
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Celebrate Jazz Fundraiser - Historical Society of Federal Way
Seattle Times critic Paul de Barros presents the history of local jazz. Featuring performances by The Arthur Murray Studio Dancers. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. $25 - all proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Federal Way. At the Steel Lake Annex Museum, 2645 S 312th Street (across the street from Steel Lake Park), Federal Way. RSVP at 253-945-7842. www.federalwayhistory.org
Aug 13th, 2016 (Sat)
  Digging Deeper - Historic Seattle at Redmond Historical Society
The Redmond Historical Society welcomes visitors from Historic Seattle's Digging Deeper program with an introduction to the RHS collection and a tour of the RHS office in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. Cost: $10/general public - registration closes prior to the program date, so visit www.historicseattle.org to purchase tickets. Following the program, local historian Tom Hitzroth will offer an optional walking tour of Redmond's historic center. $10 suggested donation.
Aug 13th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Experience Historical Kent - Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center
Admission is FREE, donations gladly accepted. Join us at Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center as we celebrate the City of Kent’s ‘Experience Historical Kent’ with historical displays, music, an Art Walk and more! Visit our Heritage Center and see a horse buggy used in the late 1800s. View photos and maps of the Upper Soos Creek Plateau from 1890 to 1940. See antiques used by the pioneers at home and work. 11 AM – Storytelling with Michael C. Evans, who will talk about his 450 mile trip in a 34-foot canoe, along with traditional Native American tales. Michael is a member and the current Chairperson of the Snohomish Tribe. 12 PM – Gary Stroutsos returns this year to play Native American flute music. He has recorded soundtracks for several films, including the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “Lewis & Clark.” 1 PM – The Old Time Fiddlers, Phil and Vivian Williams, are back with their toe-tapping fiddle and banjo music, interspersed with stories and history dating back to the mid 1800’s. 2 PM – Q&A with Harryt Berryman, a resident of the area for 74 years. He is a walking book of the area’s stories! Also, enjoy painters, potters and jewelry artisans, displaying and selling their work at the Garden’s Art Walk. Stroll the 22-acre Garden and see sculptures on display from Green River College. Visit the Master Gardener Growing Groceries Demonstration Garden. Sculptures from Green River College will be on display. Nancy Simpson will demonstrate the art of traditional basket weaving. Children’s activities include rock painting and a scavenber hunt. Hike down to Soos Creek and look for the many Eagle Scout projects along the way. Plant sale of plants propogated at the Garden. There is something for everyone! www.sooscreekbotanicalgarden.org
Aug 13th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Historic Riverside Walking Tour - Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Riverside native Frank Zuvela will return to lead our annual Historic Riverside Walking Tour this month. The tour starts at the Riverside Memorial, at the intersection of West Marginal Way Southwest and Southwest Marginal Place, directly below and immediately south of the high-level West Seattle Bridge. The suggested donation is $5. Also, booklets on Riverside history will be available for $5. Assisting Zuvela will be Carol Vincent, a past president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Aug 13th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 14th, 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
Aug 13th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 14th, 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
Aug 13th, 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
Aug 13th, 2016 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Modern Queen Anne Tour
The Queen Anne Historical Society's third annual Modern Queen Anne Tour will feature four modern sites on Queen Anne Hill from Jeff Murdock, Marvin Anderson Architects, Olson Kundig, and SkB Architects. Price $10/person. Tour starts at 2500 3rd avenue W, be prepared to drive to three more locations on Queen Anne during the tour. A QAHS members-only reception will follow the tour. (Non-members are invited to become a member and join the reception! Tickets must be purchased ahead oftime due to limited availability.)
Aug 14th, 2016 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Walking Tour
Local historian Tom Hitzroth leads a walking tour of Redmond's historic center. $10 suggested donation. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour may be canceled in the event of rain. The tour begins across the street from the Hotel Redmond at 7730 NE 76th Street, Redmon. Call 425-885-2919 for more information.
Aug 14th, 2016 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  SS Virginia V Cruise - Centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Ballard Locks
This summer marks the beginning of a year-long centennial celebration of the completion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Ballard Locks. Hop on board the historic SS Virginia V for a journey through the Ballard Locks. On board, discover the history and legacy of this engineering achievement through stories and hands-on activities led by Friends of the Ballard Locks and MOHAI educators. A selection of drinks and chips will be available for purchase on board the vessel or feel free to bring food. Cash and cards accepted. Cruise tickets: $15/adults, Youth 14 and under free. The July cruise sold out fast, so get your tickets early! This cruise is a collaboration between the Museum of History & Industry, Friends of the Ballard Locks, and the Steamship Virginia V, with the generous support of 4Culture. More info and ticket link at www.mohai.org
Aug 18th, 2016 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Café: History Ahoy! The Ships of Lake Union Park
Nestled in the wharf of Lake Union Park are historic ships with fascinating stories to tell about Seattle. From the city’s first World’s Fair and early ferry service in Puget Sound, to fighting fires over 100 years ago and even a tale from Hollywood, each ship has an interesting past. Hear these maritime chronicles from crew members of Northwest Seaport, the Virginia V, Seattle Fireboat Duwamish, and MV Lotus and get a tour of these local treasures. Free at the Museum of History & Industry's Compass Cafe. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N, at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle.
Aug 19th, 2016 (Fri) -- Aug 21st, 2016 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Join the fun as the 78th Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival showcases Snoqualmie’s “Trains, Timber, Traditions." The festival includes: a pancake breakfast put on by Fire Department volunteers, live entertainment, beer and Wine gardens, yummy festival food, a grand parade, arts and crafts vendors, a children’s field of fun, wagon rides, train rides, model trains, timbersports shows, history comes alive shows, artists-in-action, and a classic car show. Produced by Northwest Railway Museum - visit www.railroaddays.com for more info.
Aug 19th, 2016 (Fri)
6:30 PM
  Where to Invade Next - free screening
Issaquah History Museums is hosting Meaningful Movies, and Where to Invade Next is a documentary by Michael Moore. The screening is free. It happens at the Train Depot, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah.
Aug 20th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 21st, 2016 (Sun)
  Viking Days - Nordic Heritage Museum
This free festival that offers hands-on experiences for visitors to learn about Viking traditions and the contemporary Nordic countries. Salmon bake, beer garden, and a Viking encampment. www.nordicmuseum.org
Aug 20th, 2016 (Sat)
  Doll Tea at Neely Mansion
Bring your family, friends, and favorite dolls to tea! August 20, 2016. Seatings at 12:30 PM and 2 PM. $15.00 per adult and $10.00 for 10 and under. Dolls FREE admission. Reservations and prepayment is required. Call 253-850-2777. The Neely Mansion is located at 12303 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, off of Highway 18 just outside of Auburn. www.neelymansion.org
Aug 20th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Olde Town Mine Hike - Issaquah History Museums
Issaquah History Museums Docent Doug Bristol will lead participants on this tour of the mining sites. The hike will start at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Mr. Bristol will lead participants on a loop that passes by the renovated Issaquah Creek Dam and around Mine Hill before returning to the Depot. This is a moderate hike with some steep sections on well-developed gravel and paved trails. Participants should bring water and snacks, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Please leave dogs at home. Advance registration required. $10/general admission - available via Eventbrite. No “add-on” guests or children under ten years of age can be accommodated on this hike. All persons under eighteen years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Hikes are held rain or shine. To learn more, contact the Issaquah History Museums at info@issaquahhistory.org or by calling 425-392-3500.
Aug 20th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM
  Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tour
Sponsored by the Queen Anne Historical Society. Meet at 700 W Raye Street on Queen Anne Hill. The tour is free.
Aug 20th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 21st, 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
Aug 20th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 21st, 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
Aug 21st, 2016 (Sun)
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.
Aug 21st, 2016 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  SouthWest Stories - A Conversation with the Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandson of Chief Seattle
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents this conversation with Ken Workman, of the Duwamish Tribal Council. At the Delridge Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW, West Seattle.
Aug 25th, 2016 (Thu)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Discover SPL's Special Collections: House and Building History
Ever wonder just what’s so special about the Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections? Curious about when your house was built and who lived there? Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past. Join us for a peek into the Seattle Room and tour the Library’s Special Collections,on Level 10 of the Seattle Central Library, in The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room. This tour will last approximately one hour. This event is free and everyone is welcome, but registration is required - eventactions.com For more information call 206-386-4636.
Aug 25th, 2016 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Walking Washington's History - Renton Library
As a follow-up to her bestselling Hiking Washington’s History, Judy Bentley has written Walking Washington’s History, which showcases the state’s engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities using narrated walks, maps, and historic photographs to reveal each city’s aspirations. Judy Bentley writes hiking guides, history, and biography and is emeritus faculty at South Seattle College. She is the author of Hiking Washington’s History and (with Lorraine McConaghy) Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master. The Renton Library is located at 100 Mill Avenue S in Renton. This program is free.
Aug 26th, 2016 (Fri)
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  Game Day BBQ Tour - Wing Luke
Go on a culinary and sports match-up through the Chinatown-International District, pairing chicken wings, kebabs, and other summertime bites with local sports history. From neighborhood games to Asian Pacific American sports, learn what it means to love Seattle sports and BBQ. You'll go through Little Saigon, Japantown and Chinatown down to the stadiums in time for game time. ticket prices $42.95/adults, see website for other ticket options and registration - www.wingluke.org
Aug 27th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 28th, 2016 (Sun)
  Steam Train - Northwest Railway Museum
The steam train will be on its regular schedule beginning at 11 AM each day. For more information about these excursions that let passengers step back in time to the days before interstate/highway travel, go to: www.trainmuseum.org<www.trainmuseum.org>
Aug 27th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 28th, 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
Aug 27th, 2016 (Sat) -- Aug 28th, 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
Aug 28th, 2016 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Making the Cut - Drawing the Line
As part of the Making the Cut activities that are marking the centennial of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, ocal historian and artist Mikala Woodward will be temporarily reviving the historic shoreline of Lake Washington (which was 9 feet higher) by marking it with a field chalker. The journey will begin at the Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center at 10 am and wind up at Seward Park in the early afternoon. The chalk line is non-toxic and will last 3-5 days. A handout explaining the project and the history behind it will be available at info stations along the route.
Aug 30th, 2016 (Tue) -- Sep 1st, 2016 (Thu)
  Snoqualmie Railroad Days
More information at www.railroaddays.com
Aug 30th, 2016 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Academy of Play and Kids' Club - MOHAI
The Museum of History & Industry's Academy of Play is a chance for adults to explore the history, science, and social impact of toys, games, and play. No need to leave the kids at home: the simultaneous Academy of Play Kids’ Club is a chance for youngsters to build their own toys and connect with Puget Sound's most imaginative creators. Academy of Play: $10 MOHAI members / $12 general public Kids’ Club: $8 MOHAI members / $10 general public MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle.