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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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Nov 5th, 2015 (Thu)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Kent Chronicles - Baseball and the Roots of the Game
This topic will be baseball and we will be talking about the roots of the game, some of the myths about the game, and some of the names that everyone knows but maybe doesn’t know the story behind them. We will also zoom in on the valley and talk about the baseball that was played in Kent. Sponsored by the Greater Kent Historical Society. www.gkhs.org
Nov 5th, 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
Nov 6th, 2015 (Fri)
  MOHAI's 30th History Makers Gala
Join the Museum of History & Industry to toast its education programs and sample its delectable upcoming 2016 exhibit, Edible City: A Delicious Journey. Funds raised at this annual event support MOHAI's educational programming. Registration opens on September 8 at www.mohai.org or call 206-324-1126 ext.156.
Nov 6th, 2015 (Fri)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Vietnam Veterans Social - White River Valley Museum
Enjoy a meet and greet with Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Dr. John P. Rose. Come mix, meet, and mingle with fellow Vietnam Veterans. See the Museum’s SERVICE INK exhibit and meet Dr. John P. Rose, a Vietnam Veteran and former Brigadier General. Dr. Rose is a Senior Representative for the Vietnam War Commemoration and will present special, ‘Congress-approved’ pins to Vietnam Veterans in attendance. Light refreshments will be served. Free event; no registration required. At the White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE on Auburn's Les Gove Campus.
Nov 6th, 2015 (Fri)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  Lunch and Learn - Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Several artists from local tribes including Joseph (wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr, who are engaged in public art projects for the City of Seattle will present about their artwork that reflects their cultural heritage. This program will take place in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle. Please bring your lunch; beverages and food for thought will be provided. Program is free, but please RSVP by Monday, November 2, at www.eventbrite.com
Nov 7th, 2015 (Sat)
  Right to Dream - Living Voices Performance at MOHAI
See the 1950s & 1960s Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Ruby Hollis. Free with regular museum admission. Two performances: 2 PM and 3 PM. www.mohai.org
Nov 7th, 2015 (Sat)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Fall Marine Surplus Sale
The Center for Wooden Boats hosts its annual fall marine surplus sale at their storage facility at 1264 Thomas Street, Seattle. Items for sale include boats, tools, engine parts, books and magazines, nautical odds and ends. Credit cards will be accepted. www.cwb.org
Nov 7th, 2015 (Sat)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Auburn's 50th annual Veterans Day Observation with open house at White River Valley Museum
The White River Valley Museum's current exhibit, "Service Ink," honors veterans and provides a setting for appreciation, discussion and celebration of the art of tattooing. Free admission to this morning open house. www.wrvmuseum.org (The Veterans Day Parade begins afterward at 11 AM.)
Nov 7th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM
  Coming Home to the Homestead - SWSHS
This is the Southwest Seattle Historical Society's annual champagne gala brunch. A local all-star panel including radio personality Marty Riemer and TV reporter Connie Thompson will be among those participating in the "Wait Wait, West Seattle, Don't Tell Me!" quiz show which will focus on details from Duwamish peninsula history. More details at loghousemuseum.info
Nov 7th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Kent Chronicles - Baseball and the Roots of the Game
This topic will be baseball and we will be talking about the roots of the game, some of the myths about the game, and some of the names that everyone knows but maybe doesn’t know the story behind them. We will also zoom in on the valley and talk about the baseball that was played in Kent. Sponsored by the Greater Kent Historical Society. www.gkhs.org
Nov 8th, 2015 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Old Time Radio Enthusiasts - presented by Highline Historical Society
For its 21st annual meeting, the Highline Historical Society introduces architect David Clark, who will talk about the design and timeline for the new Highline Heritage Museum. And for entertainment, the Old Time Radio Enthusiasts will perform two radio programs from the past. Free admission. At SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac. www.highlinehistory.org
Nov 8th, 2015 (Sun)
7:00 PM
  After screening reception - The Maury Island Incident
This “After Screening” Reception is being held as a benefit for the Tukwila Historical Society at the 1909 Tukwila/Riverton area home which was featured in the film, The Maury Island Incident. The site was used to represent the home of Harold Dahl who was the main character of the story. The film producer Scott Schaefer will be showing articles that were used in the filming. Tickets are $20 per person and must be prepaid by Friday, November 6. To purchase tickets: call 206/244-HIST (4478) to leave a message or send e-mail to tukwilaheritagectr@tukwilahistory.org.
Nov 10th, 2015 (Tue)
7:00 PM
  The 1930s Depression in Des Moines - Des Moines Historical Society presentation
Listen to the last of the "Boo Hoo Babies" share their stories of the hard times growing up in Des Moines during the Depression. Joyce "Bubbles" Crowder, Bill Rydberg, Mark "Bill" Van Gasken and John Rayback will begin the discussion and encourage you to also take part in adding your thoughts and experiences during those trying times. Please bring along any memorabilia you wish to share from the Depression or World War II years. With Veterans Day following the day of our meeting, we will have a color guard present our country's colors. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For more information call Jim Langston, program chair, 206-878-7205. Meeting in the Olympic Room of the Des Moines United Methodist Church, S 223rd Street and 9th Avenue S, Des Moines.
Nov 11th, 2015 (Wed)
  Northwest Passages - Living Voices Performance at MOHAI
Witness the dynamically changing Northwest at the turn of the century through the eyes of Julia Berg from Sweden. Two performances: 11 AM and 1 PM. Free with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Nov 11th, 2015 (Wed)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Veterans Day at MOHAI
Come to the Museum of History & Industry for a look at photographs, documents, and artifacts from MOHAI’s collection and attend a Living Voices performance of Northwest Passages at 11 am and 1 pm. MOHAI is honored to offer free admission to veterans and active military personnel. www.mohai.org
Nov 11th, 2015 (Wed)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Veterans Day at the Northwest African American Museum
Celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of black military veterans at NAAM! During regular museum hours on Veterans Day, guests will be able to try on real military uniforms, read profiles of black war heroes, and experience our new exhibition The Atomic Frontier: Black Life in Hanford, WA. Special books and items will be available for sale in the museum store. Museum open with admission by donation. NAAM is always free for active duty military members and their families! the Museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. www.naamnw.org
Nov 11th, 2015 (Wed)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Honoring Our Own - Veterans Day Observance
Supporting those who have served. Bring your friends and family to be recognized for their military service. Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Avenue S, Federal Way. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Federal Way.
Nov 12th, 2015 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Coming to the Table Genealogy Program - Northwest African American Museum
Join us for a powerful conversation! Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States' history of slavery. Patricia Moncure Thomas will discuss how descendants of the enslaved, slave holders and those who worked in the slave trade meet to reconcile and to heal. Free admission. NAAM is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. www.naamnw.org
Nov 12th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM
  Kick-off party for Ballard interactive Historic Resource Inventory
Help the Ballard Historical Society launch a local project with live music, refreshments and a program describing this fun effort and what you can do to make it succeed! Ballard Historical Society has a grant to develop an original Historic Resource Inventory and turn it into a dynamic interactive map, between December and May 2016. Learn about volunteer project opportunities and meet the team at this kick-off party at the Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Avenue NW, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Kick-off event partially sponsored by Abbey Arts & Ballard Homestead. This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund Award from the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods. ballardhistory.org More info: Davidya Kasperzyk, davidya@anwcollaborative.net, 206-782-8392
Nov 13th, 2015 (Fri)
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  I Done What I Could - occupational folk poetry from the Pacific Northwest - Jack Straw Cultural Center
Presented by folklorist Jens Lund. The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.
Nov 14th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Speaker Series - Now & Then - from Redmond to LaPush
Featuring Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard from the popular feature in The Seattle Times. The presentation takes place at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond. $5 suggested donation for the general public. www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org
Nov 14th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Traditional artist demonstration at Jack Straw - Oleksandra Pryveda
Ukrainian American wheat weaving. The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.
Nov 14th, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  Seattle Hip-Hop History Month Celebration - MOHAI
Come celebrate Hip-Hop History Month with performances, DJ’s, and guest presenters. Presented in collaboration with 206 Zulu. Make sure to stop by the monthly installment of The Saturday Spin where DJ Soul One will be spinning in The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop Walker Gallery. Included with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Nov 14th, 2015 (Sat)
1:30 PM
  My West Seattle Through the Years - King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. At the High Point Library, 3411 SW Raymond Street, Seattle. The meeting is free and open to the public. SWSHS members will vote on officers and board members for 2016.
Nov 15th, 2015 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  The Sunset Highway - Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum
Author Chuck Flood will give this program about The Sunset Highway at the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum's annual meeting at the North Bend Library, 115 E 4th Street, North Bend.
Nov 16th, 2015 (Mon)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  100th anniversary of the Ravensdale mine disaster
On November 16, 1915, at 1:25 PM, one of the worst mining disasters in the State of Washington occurred when an explosion ripped apart the Ravensdale No. 1 mine, killing 31 miners. Following the explosion, the mines were shut down, most of the town was dismantled and Ravensdale nearly ceased to exist. The ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of this disaster, and the dedication of the Ravensdale History Trail interpretive signs, will take place at the Gracie Hansen Community Center, 27132 SE Ravensdale Place, Ravensdale. The 15 interpretive signs were funded in part by 4Culture. The public is cordially invited to attend. Free admission.
Nov 16th, 2015 (Mon)
1:00 PM
  Original Social Media Face to Face - Mercer Island Historical Society
Mercer Island High School Graduate Clay Eals will talk about how history can be in our lifetimes and how we are making history and must document and preserve it. There will be a short VHS tape shown which depicts a late 1960s through-the-windshield view of a drive on Mercer Island. Clay Eals is executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This program is hosted by the Mercer Island Historical Society and takes place at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island.
Nov 17th, 2015 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Historic Seattle's Interurban Event Series - Columbia City
The lightning-style talks bring together placemakers and thinkers from around the city to explore the intersection of place, community, and change. Speakers tackle questions about how our city is changing, what they are doing to change it, and how place plays into the equation. Speakers include: Zac Davis, photographer; Roger Fernandes, Native American artist and storyteller; Karl Hackett, Vision Hillman City and Jacob Willard Home; Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop; Ethan Phelps-Goodman, Seattle in Progress; Michael Sullivan, Artifacts Consulting; Florangela Davila, Forterra; Tomilola Adewale, Ujima Pictures; Cynthia Updegrave, botanist and historical ecologist; and Maiko Winkler-Chin, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). It should be a lively and informative event. There will be a social mixer following these presentation so folks can share their thoughts about the evening's conversation. There should be plenty of food for thought for everyone. At Southside Commons (3518 S Edmonds Street). Spinnaker Bay Brewing is co-sponsoring the event.
Nov 18th, 2015 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Latinos in Washington
The Highline Historical Society and Para Los Niños invite you to participate in a showing of KCTS-9’s documentary by Enrique Cerna. Following the film, Cerna will host a facilitated discussion on the issues raised in the series as they pertain to Highline. At Burien Actors Theatre, NW corner of intersection of 4th Avenue SW and SW 146th Street in Burien.
Nov 18th, 2015 (Wed)
7:00 PM
  Military Road through Ballard - Ballard Historical Society
The Ballard Historical Society's fall program and annual meeting features historian Karen Meador, who will present "Military Road through Ballard: From Steilacoom to Bellingham." Ballard's 15th Avenue NW was part of a road designed to carry military supplies - learn more about Ballard and other civilian communities developed along the route, thanks to federal investments in transporting military men and equipment. This event will take place at Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle. Suggested donation: $5-$20.
Nov 19th, 2015 (Thu)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Hands-On History - Eastside Heritage Center at KidsQuest Museum
What was it like before washing machines, clothes dryers, running water or supermarkets. Kids learn about household chores by rolling dough, washing clothes and hanging them to dry. They can also milk Daisy Belle the cow before they leave. This program is brought to KidsQuest Children's Museum by the Eastside Heritage Center. The Museum is located at 4091 Factoria Square Mall SE, Bellevue.
Nov 20th, 2015 (Fri) -- Nov 21st, 2015 (Sat)
  Overnight at the White River Valley Museum
Kids ages 7-12 will love spending the night playing games, going on scavenger hunts and watching a movie at this activity-packed overnight. Cost is $30 per child, and registration is required. Begins 7 PM on November 20 and ends at 8 AM the next morning. www.wrvmuseum.org
Nov 20th, 2015 (Fri)
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  Hale Bill & the Bopps - Jack Straw Cultural Center
Swedish traditional music. The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.
Nov 20th, 2015 (Fri)
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  Groove and Give - Northwest African American Museum
Sip a craft cocktail, take in our two newest exhibits and raise a glass to the only African American museum from Vancouver to San Francisco. Featuring smooth sets from DJ Top Spin aka Blending Jones. We’ll bring the party and provide plenty of opportunities to support NAAM. All you have to do is grab your grown and sexy friends and get ready to groove away some of that holiday stress. Tickets: $15/members, $20/advance, $25/at the door. www.naamnw.org
Nov 21st, 2015 (Sat)
1:00 PM
  Trillium Awards - Shoreline HIstorical Society
The Shoreline Historical Museum Annual Meeting, with the 10th annual Trillium Awards. At the Richmond Masonic Center at 753 N 185th Street, Shoreline (just across the street from the Museum).
Nov 24th, 2015 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  November AKCHO membership meeting - Jack Straw Cultural Center
Program: The Sounds of History It’s not just words and pictures that help preserve history. Sounds can add incredible depth to that storytelling, and the nonprofit Jack Straw Cultural Center has been doing just that in the Seattle area since 1962. The 2014 winner of AKCHO’s technology award will host our November membership meeting, with Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz sharing its use of radio, podcasts and audio guides to record the histories of local artists, community groups and heritage societies. Recording the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair, digitizing a 1970 KRAB radio series on Seattle’s history, and producing an oral history of Lake Union and Portage Bay are a few of the group’s contributions over five decades. An exhibit titled “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts” will be on display as well for members to visit. The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle's University District. www.jackstraw.org Driving Directions: Located in Seattle’s University District, the center is at the southwest corner of NE 43rd and Roosevelt Way. No free parking but plenty of pay lots and some street parking. Bus Routes: Visit www.tripplanner.kingcounty.gov to plan your trip.
Nov 25th, 2015 (Wed)
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  Lake Washington Ship Canal Centennial Steering Committee
A group is forming to foster and promote a series of local interpretive projects in all the communities that were affected by the Ship Canal’s construction. The idea is to create an "umbrella" campaign, supporting individual communities to mark the centennial in whatever way seems fitting to them -- while connecting each local project to a larger regional story and audience. We want to include a broad range of participants in this effort – historical societies, museums, government agencies, tribes, schools, artists, historians, businesses, etc. A project brief is attached – definitely still a work in progress! The Lake WA Ship Canal Centennial Steering Committee (open to renaming suggestions) will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 11:30 – 1:30 at 4Culture’s offices in Pioneer Square (101 Prefontaine Pl. S.). You are cordially invited to this kick-off meeting! Please feel free to bring/invite others who might be interested. The meeting is BYOBB (bring your own brown bag lunch). The group plans to meet monthly as the project develops – future meetings will be 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/25, and 12/23, all 11:30-1:30 at 4Culture. Anyone who cannot attend these meetings can stay in the loop through regular email updates – contact lake.wa.ship.canal.centennial@gmail.com to be added to (or removed from) this list. If you have questions or suggestions about this meeting or the project in general, please contact Mikala Woodward at mikalawoodward@gmail.com or 206-501-6904.
Nov 27th, 2015 (Fri)
  Klondike - the Last Great Adventure - Living Voices performance at MOHAI
rade the Black Friday rush for the Klondike Gold Rush, Two performances: 2 PM and 3 PM. Free with museum admission. www.mohai.org
Nov 28th, 2015 (Sat) -- Nov 29th, 2015 (Sun)
  Santa Train - Northwest Railway Museum
Families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child. There are seven hourly departures to choose from 9 AM - 3 PM Tickets may be purchased online at www.trainmuseum.org, in person at the Snoqualmie Depot (38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie) or by phone at 425-888-3030 x7202. Tickets are $22/person for everyone ages 2 and older. Purchase early - the Santa Train sells out every year!
Nov 28th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Greet the Season at Lake Union Park
Celebrate the holiday season at Lake Union Park. MOHAI, The Center for Wooden Boats, and the Historic Ships Wharf will be filled with festive music, family-friendly crafts and activities all day long. In the evening, catch the launch of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival at Lake Union Park. Park activities are free; 10 am - 5 pm regular museum admission applies; After 5 pm, museum admission is free. Support for Greet the Season provided by Amazon and 4Culture.