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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, 2015 (Wed)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Dining hall ribbon cutting and open house - Des Moines Beach Park
The newly preserved Dining Hall, part of the Covenant Beach Bible Camp Historic District at Des Moines Beach Park, is being shown to the public for the first time at this celebration! 4-6 PM – Open House 5 PM – Ribbon Cutting Community BBQ and performance by Joey Jewell to follow. desmoineswa.gov
Jul 2nd, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  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. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 3rd, 2015 (Fri) -- Jul 5th, 2015 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  39th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
Celebrate Seattle maritime heritage with the idea of getting people out on historic wooden boats on our local waters. Come down to Lake Union Park to experience the variety of wooden boats at The Center for Wooden Boats and the historic Steamer Virginia V, dockside or on a lake cruise. There will be many opportunities to see & board other historic vessels along with fun family friendly activities. The V5 will be open during the 3 day Festival for dockside tours with 2 cruises on both Friday & Sunday. On July 4th, all Wooden Boat Festival activities, docks, and the wharf close to the public at 6 PM. Private guests of vessels must pass through a security checkpoint after 6 PM; contact your vessel’s captain for more details. Lake Union Park is open to the public for viewing the fireworks, with activities and amenities provided by Seafair. This is an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront event where everything is fun and most things are free.
Jul 4th, 2015 (Sat) -- Jul 5th, 2015 (Sun)
  Visit the Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm. Kids will love meeting our cows, chickens, horses and goats and going on a tour of the Olson’s farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of King County’s best preserved historic farms. Free admission! The Mary Olson Farm is located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 4th, 2015 (Sat)
  Bothell Historical Museum Buildings open
Stop by to see these restored buildings on Independence Day - 9919 NE 180th Street, Bothell. Check website for exact hours.www.bothellhistoricalmuseum.org
Jul 4th, 2015 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Independence Day Picnic - Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Join this annual Independence Day Picnicin the courtyard of the “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum! This year, befitting the restoration under way on Fir Lodge / Alki Homestead, the food theme is — chicken! SWSHS will provide chicken (and CHICK'en for vegetarians) and lemonade. You bring a side dish to share. At 1 PM, participants will walk one-half block north to the lawn of the Alki Homestead and pose for a “This Place STILL Matters” photo. Also includes an optional Alki Beach walk led by volunteer Dave Hrachovina. If you'd like to volunteer to help, call 909-9366.
Jul 9th, 2015 (Thu)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Seattle 20/20: Innovation and Impact - MOHAI
Join the Museum of History & Industry and a dynamic panel of visionary Seattle leaders in a lively conversation about our region's future as a global innovation hub, complete with cocktails, stimulating ideas and one of Seattle's most dramatic settings. $75 individual tickets, $750 table of 10. For more information visit www.mohai.org
Jul 9th, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Seattle Anti-Freeze aboard the Virginia V
A free social gathering for people interested in exploring what (besides the Freeze) defines our city! Each month features a different local topic, and July's venue is the historic steamer Virginia V with host Heron Scott, the Virginia V Foundation's Executive Director. Program runs from 6 -7 PM and MOHAI's galleries are open until 8 PM. At Seattle's Lake Union Park at the south end of Lake Union.
Jul 10th, 2015 (Fri)
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
For tickets, visit ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
For tickets, visit ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat) -- Jul 12th, 2015 (Sun)
  Visit the Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm. Kids will love meeting our cows, chickens, horses and goats and going on a tour of the Olson’s farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of King County’s best preserved historic farms. Free admission! The Mary Olson Farm is located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
  Three World War II aircraft on display at Museum of Flight
Three World War II-era military training aircraft will fly to the Museum of Flight for public display on Saturday, July 11. The North American AT-6 airplanes will be flown to Russia this summer by the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, tracing the Alaskan-Siberian military air route from Montana to Russia during World War II. The 6,000-mile route was part of the massive U.S. Lend-Lease program during the War. At 2 p.m. in the Museum, BRAVO 369 leaders will conduct a presentation about the Lend-Lease Program and their upcoming flight. From 1942 to 1945, nearly 8,000 military aircraft were flown from factories in the United States to Great Falls, Montana, then across Canada and on to Fairbanks, Alaska. They were next handed off to the Soviet pilots who flew them another 3,000 miles across Siberia and on to the fighting front. It was one of the great logistical efforts of the 20th century. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. www.museumofflight.org
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
  Speakeasy Saturdays at MOHAI
Visit MOHAI's 21st Century Speakeasy to sample Puget Sound-made craft beers, ciders, and liquors of today. Tastings at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. $5 in addition to museum admission, at the door only. More information at www.mohai.org
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Black Diamond Miners Day
Includes Coal Miner's Classic 5K Run, hot air balloon rides, museum rides, donut eating contest, vintage fashion show, street fair and museum tours.
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  Woodinville Heritage Society Ice Cream & Hot Dog Social fundraiser
At the Woodinville Heritage Museum, 14121 NE 171st Street in Woodinville. Includes grilled hot dogs, sundaes, ice cream floats. Free parking located across the street at the Woodinville Community Church.
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historic cabins open house - Historical Society of Federal Way
Visit the David T. Denny Cabin and the John Barker Cabin at West Hylebos Wetlands Park, 4th Avenue S and S 348th Street in Federal Way. There are also walking trails and picnic areas that offer insight on why wetlands are important. www.federalwayhistory.org
Jul 11th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Saturday Tours
Tour the beautiful and historic Neely Mansion just outside of Auburn. $3 donation suggested. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 12th, 2015 (Sun)
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
For tickets, visit ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.
Jul 12th, 2015 (Sun)
  Klondike: The Last Adventure - Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Klondike National Historical Park and Living Voices are offering free performances of this new production, which follows the journey of Eliza, a young woman who travels to the Yukon gold fields in search of adventure and fortune. The event combines theater, video, and live interactions to produce an engaging family event. Admission is free, but seating is limited. This was produced with the support of 4Culture. www.nps.gov
Jul 16th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  MOHAI's History Cafe - Mainstream Marijuana
One year after the first recreational marijuana stores opened in Washington, what has been the effect on the residents of our state and beyond? The panel of presenters includes Bruce Barcott, local author of Weed the People: The Journey into America's Legalized Future; Mark Cooke, Policy Advocate at ACLU of Washington; James Lathrop, owner of Cannabis City in Seattle. Discussion moderated by MOHAI historian emeritus Lorraine McConaghy. Free, does not include museum admission. www.mohai.org
Jul 17th, 2015 (Fri)
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
For tickets, visit ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.
Jul 17th, 2015 (Fri)
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  Bootleggers' Bash at Lake Union Park
Put on your best flapper dress or bow tie and start practicing the Charleston—the 1920s are coming alive at Lake Union Park! Celebrate the Museum of History & Industry's exhibit "American Spirits" with live music, entertainment, snacks, and some of Seattle's favorite spirits at MOHAI, The Center for Wooden Boats, and the Steamship Virginia V. On-site beer brewing demo by Pike Brewing Company; live music by the Greg Ruby and the Scofflaw Trio; Twenties era dance performances and lessons with The Charleston Charmers; Site Specific Cabaret performance of "The Good Bootleggers"; music with DJ Robin Nunnally; photo booth by Phototainment, and more! Tickets: General Public $20; MOHAI, CWB, and Virginia V Members: $15; at the door $25. This event is 21+, please show your ID at the door. More info here: www.mohai.org MOHAI, Center for Wooden Boats, and Virginia V Members receive up to 2 discounted tickets priced at $15 each, when you purchase tickets in advance. CWB and Virginia V members please use the promo codes provided by your organizations. - See more at: www.mohai.org.hKM11bkC.dpuf
Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat) -- Jul 19th, 2015 (Sun)
  Visit the Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm. Kids will love meeting our cows, chickens, horses and goats and going on a tour of the Olson’s farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of King County’s best preserved historic farms. Free admission! The Mary Olson Farm is located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
For tickets, visit ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.
Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
  Speakeasy Saturdays at MOHAI
Visit MOHAI's 21st Century Speakeasy to sample Puget Sound-made craft beers, ciders, and liquors of today. Tastings at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. $5 in addition to museum admission, at the door only. More information at www.mohai.org
Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Seattle Olmsted Parks walking tour - Madrona Park and Frink Park
Start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature and history!. Meet at the Leschi Elementary School parking lot. Walk lasts approximately two hours. Appropriate for all ages. Contact friends@seattleolmsted.org for more information about specific tours.
Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Fraser Cabin Heritage Program
At Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place SE in Bellevue. Hosted by the Eastside Heritage Center, www.eastsideheritagecenter.org
Jul 18th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Saturday Tours
Tour the beautiful and historic Neely Mansion just outside of Auburn. $3 donation suggested. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 19th, 2015 (Sun)
  Day Out with Thomas - Northwest Railway Museum
For tickets, visit ticketweb.com or call 1-866-468-7630.
Jul 19th, 2015 (Sun)
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  Virginia V's Tour de Bainbridge
Join the Virginia V for a cruise through the Ballard locks, past Discovery Park, and into Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island (close to where the WA State ferries dock). Bring a bike or just your own two feet to explore the Island after docking. Either take the WA State ferry back to Seattle at your leisure or join the Virginia V for the return trip later that day.
Jul 19th, 2015 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Butoh in Kubota Garden
Discover this form of Japanese dance theatre as you explore the gardens. Kubota Garden is located at 9817 55th Avenue S, Seattle. www.kubotagarden.org
Jul 19th, 2015 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historic Seattle tours Peterson Residence
The Peterson home in Seattle's Loyal Heights neighborhood is a whimsical Storybook-style, late Craftsman house, with a dramatic full-pitch roofline and massive stone chimney. In 1936, Norwegian immigrant Emil Peterson built the house for himself and his wife Vollea. Peterson was a sign maker who pioneered neon signage in Seattle and was involved with constructing the P-I globe. Emil and Vollea collected the stones for the outside of the house and transported them to the site. A friend who worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a stonemason and helped to build Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Inn, did the stonework for them. Emil painted rosemaling floral decorations throughout the house. The current owners have preserved the house and created woodland gardens. Cost: $45 general public / $35 Historic Seattle members / $20 students - pre-registration is required. Register online at www.historicseattle.org or by calling Historic Seattle at 206-622-6952.
Jul 23rd, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Book reading and signing with Cynthia Bond, author of Ruby
Cynthia Bond, author of the Oprah's Book Club pick and New York Times bestseller, Ruby, will read from her book at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. Co-presented by NAAM and the Elliott Bay Book Company.
Jul 25th, 2015 (Sat)
  Speakeasy Saturdays at MOHAI
Visit MOHAI's 21st Century Speakeasy to sample Puget Sound-made craft beers, ciders, and liquors of today. Tastings at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. $5 in addition to museum admission, at the door only. More information at www.mohai.org
Jul 25th, 2015 (Sat) -- Jul 26th, 2015 (Sun)
  Visit the Mary Olson Farm
Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm. Kids will love meeting our cows, chickens, horses and goats and going on a tour of the Olson’s farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of King County’s best preserved historic farms. Free admission! The Mary Olson Farm is located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Jul 25th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Neely Mansion Saturday Tours
Tour the beautiful and historic Neely Mansion just outside of Auburn. $3 donation suggested. www.neelymansion.org
Jul 31st, 2015 (Fri)
  Nordic Heritage Museum's Swedish Crayfish Dinner
This feast features all you can eat crayfish, herring, rolls, salad, dessert, wine, beer, soda, and more. The Museum’s Crayfish Dinner is a wonderful addition to your summer plans. $50/person - this feast is limited to 40 people. To reserve your ticket e-mail MattM@nordicmuseum.org