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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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Mar 1st, 2015 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Teen Holla! Young Writers Respond to the Fabric of Our Lives.
Young writers age 14-18 respond to The Fabric of Our Lives, the new exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum. This multi-part program starts with a writing workshop lead by artist Anastacia Tolbert. Participants will have time to respond to the exhibition and then present their pieces to an intimate audience in a coffeehouse setting starting at 2 PM. Drop in or make your reservation over the phone with Chieko Phillips at 206-518-6000 ext 102. www.naamnw.org
Mar 3rd, 2015 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion - Northwest African American Museum
STG presents Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion This free performance will show audiences of all ages, dancers and non-dancers alike, how a dancer generates movement through gesture phrase. Participants will not only get to see a preview of “When the Wolves Came In” and “Watershed” from the performance, but will also hear how Abraham.In.Motion works with “Found Movement” and “Found Art.” At the Northwest African American Museum, www.naamnw.org
Mar 4th, 2015 (Wed)
  Arts and Heritage Day in Olympia - 2015
Arts and heritage advocates are invited to come to Olympia to meet with your legislators and talk about arts and heritage issues and cultural concerns in our communities and schools. Register to participate in Arts & Heritage Day and join your peers and legislators for the lunchtime program in the Legislative Building, Columbia Room. $10 per person registration fee includes lunch (sandwiches, salad, cookies). More info at wsaa.qwestoffice.net
Mar 5th, 2015 (Thu)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Digging Deeper Research Series - Department of Planning and Development
Tthe City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) staff gives a tour of its Public Resource Center (PRC). The Public Resource Center provides one location to access publications, information on permits under review, and historical records. Of particular interest to researchers is the Microfilm Library which contains documents from the 1890s to the present. The public can access plans for construction, electrical, mechanical, and land use permits. The Public Resource Center is located on the 20th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower. Digging Deeper is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. Learn more at historicseattle.org A series pass for all eight sessions is available for $65 general public / $50 Historic Seattle members / $20 students - individual sessions cost $10 general public / $8 Historic Seattle members / $5 students.
Mar 5th, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Who Gets to Belong? - Exhibit Opening Reception at the Wing Luke Museum
50 years ago, the Immigration Act of 1965 lifted the quotas for Asian Pacific Islander immigration, reshaping the demographic make-up of the United States. This exhibit looks into the cultural and political climate that pushed for this act. Free admission. The Wing Luke Museum is located at 719 S Jackson Street, Seattle. www.wingluke.org
Mar 5th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Eva Abram - Defeating Racism Today: What Does It Take?
In partnership with Humanities Washington, the Northwest African American Museum presents Eva Abram, who talks about the history of racism, and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She explores how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans. And she discusses how the invisible divide of racism—fed by both knowledge and ignorance—continues to exist despite progress to eradicate it made in recent decades. Conversation and cooperation can inspire progress and action to defeat that divide, and during this discussion, Abram makes suggestions on how to achieve that goal. www.naamnw.org
Mar 5th, 2015 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author talk - The First Sculptor of Seattle - Renton History Museum
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 Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. 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.
Mar 6th, 2015 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs? - Burke Museum
Dr. Mary Schweitzer talks about how discoveries about dinosaur tissues, blood and DNA have profoundly expanded the understanding of what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur. This lecture is free and open to the public. www.burkemuseum.org At Kane Hall 130 on the UW campus.
Mar 7th, 2015 (Sat)
  Tour of Franklin
Hosted by the Black Diamond Historical Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com
Mar 7th, 2015 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Northwest Railway Museum annual volunteer banquet
At Boxley's in North Bend. RSVP to Christy@trainmuseum.org (RSVP required)
Mar 7th, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Jack Straw Artist Showcase
An afternoon of music and readings from Jack Straw Artists, featuring the wide-ranging talents of Tom Varner, Alchymeia, John Teske, Michael Owcharuk, Dunava, Bryan Smith, and Randal Bays; and readings from Jack Straw Writers Program alumni Daemond Arrindell, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Claudia Castro Luna, Larry Crist, John Mullen, Raul Sanchez, Anastacia Tolbert, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, and Kristen Millares Young. Bring the family! A Jack Straw engineer and teaching artist will be in Studio 2 welcoming anyone who wants to come in and record their own story or song; you can also listen to some of the many wonderful school projects we've produced over the years. Jack Straw Cultural Center is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle; $5-$20 suggested donation.
Mar 7th, 2015 (Sat)
4:00 PM
  As Long as the Rivers Run - documentary screening and panel discussion
The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians invite you to this screening of a film about local native fishing rights protests of the 1960s and '70s, A panel discussion with Puyallup tribal members follows. At the Vashon Land Trust building, 10014 SW Bank Road, Vashon. www.vashon history.org
Mar 8th, 2015 (Sun)
1:00 PM
  NAAM's 7th Birthday - Cake and Champagne
Celebrate the Northwest African American Museum's 7th birthday with cake and champagne. Special event is free with regular museum admission. NAAM members in attendance will receive a token of appreciation. www.naamnw.org
Mar 8th, 2015 (Sun)
2:00 PM
  Klondike: The Last Adventure - Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and Living Voices are celebrating International Women’s Day with the premiere of Klondike: The Last Adventure. The new production follows the journey of Eliza, a young woman who travels to the Yukon gold fields in search of adventure and fortune. The event combines theatre, video, and live interactions to produce an engaging family event. While admission to the park and the performance are free, seating is limited. Additional performances are scheduled throughout spring and summer. For more information, please contact 206-220-4240.
Mar 12th, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Seattle AntiFreeze: Comics, Superheroes and Games
Meet new people, learn a bit about where you live, and help us bust the “Seattle Freeze!” Convention season kicks off with Emerald City Comic Con on March 28 - 30, so join us and GeekGirlCon staff for a brief history of geek culture in Seattle and meet other comic and pop-culture enthusiasts. At the Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle. www.mohai.org
Mar 12th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Music Matters to Seattle - Seattle Architecture Foundation
From hip-hop to grunge, Seattle’s varied music scene has nurtured generations of audiophiles who have helped make Seattle home to many well-loved record labels and radio stations. This affinity for music is also visible within Seattle’s built environment, from our concert venues, performance halls and interactive museums. In this lecture, our panel of guest speakers speak to how spatial design both reflects, and reacts to, the music scene in Seattle, exploring the relationship between creativity and performance and the spaces in which these events take place. At Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle. Speakers: Paul de Barros, Seattle Times, Cornish College and UW Gillian Gaar, Seattle Times Blogger Josh LaBelle, Seattle Theater Group (STG) Lori Noto, Design & Construction Consultant Mark Reddington, LMN Architects Advance Tickets: $15 General - $10 Members - $5 Students. www.seattlearchitecture.org
Mar 13th, 2015 (Fri) -- Mar 15th, 2015 (Sun)
  Issaquah Model Train Display
The Issaquah History Museum converts the Depot's freight room into a model train display with multiple locomotives running at once through an imaginative landscape. Hands-on activities for the kids. issaquahhistory.org
Mar 13th, 2015 (Fri)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Nucor Steel - Historic Seattle tour
Founded by the Piggott Family of PACCAR fame, this steel plant was built in 1904. The facility near the Duwamish has the ability to produce 1.1 million tons of steel each year. Behind-the-scenes tour conducted by Patrick Joblanski and staff. $20 Historic Seattle members; $25 general public; $10 students. Very limited enrollment, and date may change - contact Historic Seattle at 206-622-6952. www.historicseattle.org
Mar 14th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - Flower Farmers - the Story of the Hmong in Puget Sound
If you've ever bought, or even just admired, the fabulous flower bouquets at Seattle-area outdoor markets -- from Pike Place to the Redmond Saturday Market -- there's a good chance they were grown and arranged by families from a Southeast Asian people known as the Hmong. During the Vietnam War, CIA-backed Hmong guerillas fought a secret war against the communists. Their story of fleeing Laos after the war, resettling in a new land and transferring their agricultural skills to carve out a new livelihood, is a remarkable one. Presented by the Hmong Association of Washington. At Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond. Admission is free.
Mar 14th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM
  Commemorating Wing Chong Luke
In what would have been his 90th birthday year, the Wing Luke Museum celebrates its namesake by bringing together a panel to share memories of Seattle's first Chinese city council member. Moderated by former Wing Luke Museum executive Director Ron Chew. Suggested donation $9. The Wing Luke Museum is located at 719 S Jackson Street, Seattle. www.wingluke.org
Mar 14th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM
  Military Road: A Lasting Legacy
In this program sponsored by the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington, Military Road historian (and AKCHO board member) Karen Meador will give a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road, still known in South King County as Military Road. Although the name has changed outside the Southend, the route remains largely the same as when it was built in the late 1850s on the eve of the Civil War as part of a network of military roads built throughout the U.S., championed by then-Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. Several future Civil War generals were posted to the Pacific Northwest as junior officers in the 1850s, a number of whom were involved with Military Road construction. Among these junior officers were George B. McClellan, George Pickett, and Ulysses S. Grant.At Pioneer Hall, 1642 43rd Avenue E in Seattle.
Mar 15th, 2015 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Geology/natural history writer David Williams - Highline Historical Society
The Highline Historical Society turns its focus on local natural history when it hosts Seattle-based geology author David B. Williams for a program on Sunday, March 15, at SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac. Weaving together stories of crows, bogs, madronas, and geology, Williams will suggest new ways to think about nature in our urbanizing landscape. He is the author of Stories in Stone, The Seattle Street Smart Naturalist, and the forthcoming Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. The program is free to Highline Historical Society members who show their current membership card. An $8 donation is requested of all others. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.highlinehistory.org
Mar 16th, 2015 (Mon)
1:00 PM
  Cuba Today - Mercer Island Historical Society
Mercer Island Historical Society Board members Sally Brown, Robert Lewis and Michael Wright all have made recent trips to Cuba. They will show slides and share thoughts and cultural observations. At the Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island. If you have questions, call 206-232-9442 or 206-232-3404.
Mar 19th, 2015 (Thu)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Exploring the Rich Historic Tradition of Cat Videos with the Creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir
As part of the Renton History Museum’s “Furry Friends” series, come join this lively discussion of cats in film, with cat video superstar Will Braden, creator of the Henri, Le Chat Noir series, winner of the Golden Kitty Award. The Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. $3 adults / $1 kids / Renton Historical Society members always free
Mar 19th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM
  History Cafe - Seattle 2035: Civic Planning Past, Present and Future
This discussion at the Museum of History & Industry's Compass Cafe is free (although it does not include museum admission.) More information at www.mohai.org
Mar 20th, 2015 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Drawing on Our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska - The Center for Wooden Boats
Originally from Tacoma, Jim Cole grew up listening to his uncle’s sea stories. His uncle, who had sailed the world, illustrated his stories with pencil sketches. That might explain Jim’s lifelong passion for drawing and painting the vessels of the industry where he worked. He kept notes too, recording the stories of naval designers, boatbuilders and the people who are the heart of the region’s fishing industry. Jim will share those stories at our 3rd Friday Speaker Series at 7 pm Friday, March 20, in the South Lake Union Boathouse, 1010 Valley Street at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union.
Mar 21st, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  March AKCHO membership meeting - Caring for Your Treasures
This program aligns with StEPs Program Standards for Stewardship of Collections and is endorsed by StEPs 4Culture. Linda Roundhill of Art and Antiquities Conservation in Woodinville will be our speaker. Linda has a BA in Ancient Studies/Archaeology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. She earned a BSc in the Conservation of Antiquities and Materials Science from the University of London Institute of Archaeology and is a Professional Associate of the AIC. In the last 32 years she has worked with institutions, collectors, and individuals in London, Baltimore, New Orleans, North Carolina and the Puget Sound region. Her website is www.conservation-arts.com Linda encourages guests to bring an object to the meeting. She would be happy to discuss the state of the object and how to continue to conserve it. This meeting is hosted by the Woodinville Heritage Society at Sammamish Valley Grange Hall, 14654 148th Avenue NE, Woodinville. www.woodinvilleheritage.org 425-402-0750
Mar 21st, 2015 (Sat)
4:00 PM
  Steer by the Stars - The Center for Wooden Boats
CWB holds its 39th auction and dinner benefit at the Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Avenue S. Tickets are $125/person or $1250/table. Doors open at 4 PM, silent auction begins at 5 PM. Star themed, glittery, or cocktail attire is encouraged. Enjoy games, a costume contest, door prizes and more. RSVP by March 6. Visit www.cwb.org to purchase tickets.
Mar 24th, 2015 (Tue)
7:00 PM
  4th Annual Denny Lecture - The Protean City: Reshaping Seattle's Topography 1851-2014
The Museum of History & Industry's annual Denny Lecture presents historian/geologist David B. Williams who will present original research from his upcoming book, "Too High and Too Steep," which explores how Seattle's citizens have zealously altered the city's landscape from the settlers' first arrival to the present day. $10/general public; $5/MOHAI members. www.mohai.org
Mar 26th, 2015 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Defeating Racism Today: What Does It Take? - Rainier Valley Historical Society
Rainier Valley Historical Society is proud to partner with Humanities Washington to bring Eva Abram’s presentation, “Defeating Racism Today: What Does it Take?” to Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S Angeline Street, Seattle 98118. Free and open to the public. As an actor, a storyteller, and an avid lover of history, Ms. Abram will talk about the history of racism and its impact on today’s communities. She will also discuss the persistence of institutionalized racism even after decades of progress and efforts aimed at eradication. This is an excellent opportunity to connect history with current events, and to explore ways forward that will be more effective at lessening the destructive impact of racism in our communities. www.rainiervalleyhistory.org
Mar 27th, 2015 (Fri) -- Mar 28th, 2015 (Sat)
7:00 PM - 8:00 AM
  Overnight at the White River Valley Museum
Indoor Campout! Kids age 7-12 will enjoy a night of fun activities in the White River Valley Museum including a late night movie screening and a flashlight tour of the museum! Evening snacks and a light breakfast included. E-mail museumevents@auburnwa.gov. $30 per child, $25 per additional sibling.
Mar 28th, 2015 (Sat)
  Issaquah loop hike - Issaquah History Museums
Join Doug Bristol in exploring the mining history that continues to shape downtown Issaquah. Get a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps and observation of the changing landscape. The moderate hike will cover the recently redone area near the Issaquah Creek dam and Mine Hill areas. More information and register at issaquahhistory.org
Mar 28th, 2015 (Sat)
7:00 PM
  Keeping Faith with Morrie - Northwest African American Museum
Join NAAM for a special preview of Angel Harper’s film Keeping Faith with Morrie, then stay for a discussion about the history and politics of blacks in animation with Dr. Charles Johnson, Angel Harper, and animators Stan Shaw and Lin Lucas. Morrie Turner paved the way for black cartoonists with Wee Pals, the first syndicated comic strip with an integrated cast. We invite you to come learn about this pioneering African American cartoonist whose publications of tolerance in the civil rights era reached millions and still resonates today. Free admission, but please RSVP. 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. www.naamnw.org