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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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Jun 1st, 2016 (Wed)
3:00 PM
  Unveiling of original artwork by NPS Artist in Residence Kate Rosedale
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle unit is proud to host a special unveiling of original artwork created by National Park Service Artist-in-Residence Kate Rosendale, who spent nine months delving into the park’s archives to create a revolutionary collection of artwork, Stories Between Each Line. During her research, Rosendale became intrigued by the story of stampeder John Hielscher and his more than decade-long Klondike Gold Rush adventure. The John F. Hielscher Collection represents the largest portion of the park’s museum collection. In addition to several artifacts, the collection includes many letters, journals, and illustrations by Hielscher’s own hand. Rosendale modeled the style in her original artwork and used her experience with web design to create an interactive map that highlights stories from Hielschers’ adventures on the park’s website. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is located at 319 Second Avenue S, Seattle.
Jun 1st, 2016 (Wed)
5:00 PM
  5 PM - Washington Hall reopening celebration
Historic Seattle celebrates the completion of its campaign to restore Washington Hall with a a community open house, open to the public and hosted in conjunction with anchor partner organizations 206Zulu, Hidmo, and Voices Rising. Washington Hall is located at 153 14th Avenue, Seattle.
Jun 2nd, 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
Jun 2nd, 2016 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Seattle Antifreeze - Historic Steamship Virginia V - MOHAI
Dive into the maritime history of Puget Sound, then get a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic steamship. Aboard the Virginia V at Lake Union Park. Free admission. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
Jun 4th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM
  Olde Town Mine Hike - IHM
Downtown Issaquah was once the site of massive coal mining operations run by a German named 'Count' Alvo von Alvensleben -now Issaquah History Museums Docent Doug Bristol will lead an 'Olde Town Mine Hike and entertain participants with stories about the people who worked in the dangerous mining operations. This two hour tour of the mining sites will paint a vivid picture of life in the coal mining town, filling your imagination with sights, sounds, and smells. The hike starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 10 AM and goes 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. The organizers request that participants leave their dogs at home. Advance registration is required - tickets are $10 general admission. To learn more contact the Issaquah History Museums at info@issaquahhistory.org or call 425-392-3500.
Jun 4th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 5th, 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
Jun 7th, 2016 (Tue)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  AKCHO Awards Ceremony
Please plan to come! We'll be gathering at the beautiful Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts Street, to honor Flo Lenz (Board Award), Eric Taylor (Board Award), Mary Henry (Board Legacy Award), Dick Peacock (Charles Payton Award for Cultural Advocacy), White River Valley Museum (Exhibit Award), Washington Holocaust Education Center (Heritage Education Award), Jan Johnson (Long Term Project Award), Dedication of the Ravensdale Interpretive Sign and History Trail Project (Single Impact Event), David Williams (Virginia Marie Folkins Award), Howard Giske (Willard Jue Memorial Award for Staff), Jodee Fenton (Willard Jue Memorial Award for Staff), Merle Myhre (Willard Jue Memorial Award for Volunteers), E. Clampus Vitus, Doc Maynard Chapter 54-40 (Willard Jue Memorial Award for Volunteers). This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs must be received by May 28 - please e-mail heritageadvisor@akcho.org or call Barbara at 206-878-6912, and let her know your name and organizational affiliation. This event is sponsored by 4Culture, Historical Research Associates, and the Northwest African American Museum, with additional support from The Center for Wooden Boats and the Highline Historical Society.
Jun 9th, 2016 (Thu)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Discover SPL's Special Collections: Century 21 - Seattle World's Fair
Ever wonder just what’s so special about the Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections? Enter the world of the thrilling Century 21 Exhibition, including a look at the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection. 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.
Jun 9th, 2016 (Thu)
8:30 PM
  Don Quixotes by Greek Playwright/Actor Glyka Stoiou - a cross-cultural collaboration
The unbelievable adventures of Don Quixote as told by two scamps, who go on a trip to 16th century Spain and play almost all the roles in an interactive show that creates an explosion of images reminding us of a hero who gives courage to those who wish to change the world for the better. After visiting Greek schools and theatres, as well as presenting in Luxemburg and Alaska, Don Quixotes lands in Seattle. This An experiment in long-distance collaboration utilizes contemporary communication technologies, Don Quixotes (adapted from the Cervantes by Glyka Stoiou) is being staged on the premise that a Greek actor (Stoiou) and an American actor (Carolynne Wilcox) can rehearse together with a director (Rebecca Goldberg), mostly via Skype, and deliver a bold, physical and interactive experience suitable for audiences of all ages. At The Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. Tickets: $10 online at www.thepocket.org (online ticketing closes at 4pm) or $14 at the door
Jun 10th, 2016 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Jazz Intoxication - Washington Hall
Jazz Intoxication is a one night only event and the first performance in the newly-rehabilitated Washington Hall. Relive the first documented jazz performance in Washington state by local musicians, exactly 98 years later in the place where it happened, with an immersive theatre experience and dance party. Industrial Revelation, led by music director D'Vonne Lewis and joined by vocalist Josephine Howell, will recreate Ms. Lillian Smith's Jazz Band. Jazz Intoxication is directed by Tyrone Brown, with a script by Rachel Atkins, and produced by Hidmo, 206 Zulu, and HistoryLink. Tickets from $15-$50. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
Jun 11th, 2016 (Sat)
  Redmond Historical Society annual picnic
It's potluck, and it's taking place at a new location this year - Perrigo Community Park, 9011 196th Avenue NE, Redmond. More information to come at www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org
Jun 11th, 2016 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Get Out and Boat Fest
The Northwest Yacht Brokers Association is hosting a brand new event this summer – the Get Out & Boat Fest, to be held in Chandler’s Cove in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. This event will be completely free to the public and aims to demonstrate the joy and feasibility of boating by getting people out on the water.
Jun 11th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 12th, 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
Jun 11th, 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
Jun 12th, 2016 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society walking tour
Led by local historian Tom Hitzroth, this tour involves a significant amount of walking and standing, with limited opportunity for resting. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate cothing and rain/sun gear. $10 suggested donation per person. Pre-register by e-mailing info@redmondhistoricalsociety.org or by calling 425-885-2919.
Jun 14th, 2016 (Tue)
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  First Hill Walking Tour - Historic Seattle
A guided tour of historic First Hill with the participation of the Washiington Trust for Historic Preservation, the Frye Art Museum, Saint James Cathedral, and the Sorrento Hotel. Guided tours conclude in the Fireside Lounge of the Sorrento where participants can enjoy happy hour prices on appetizers and drinks. $35 general public, $25 Historic Seattle members. Pre registration required. www.historicseattle.org
Jun 14th, 2016 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Author David B. Williams -Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography - Renton History Museum
Since settlers first arrived in Seattle, the city's citizens have altered the landscape around the Puget Sound with an unrivaled zeal. We have regraded hills, reengineered tide flats, and replumbed lakes to provide better locations for business and easier ways to move through the challenging topography. We are still at it, and author David B. Williams explores how our energies have reshaped Seattle and Renton. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Admission is $3/adults; $1/students and children. www.rentonhistory.org
Jun 16th, 2016 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  MOHAI History Cafe - World Refugee Day - Stories from Western Washington
To commemorate the United Nation’s World Refugee Day, join a conversation with community members and activists about Seattle's refugee communities, the world history events from which people sought refuge, and their experiences after arriving in Western Washington. At MOHAI's Cafe, South Lake Union. Free admission.
Jun 17th, 2016 (Fri)
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Not Just Tofu Tour - Wing Luke Museum
Vegetarian culinary tour of Chinatown-International District! Spots go quickly so book your tickets now! We'd like you to come eat with us and talk about food,history and meet some of the families that feed us and keep us healthy. Includes full-day access to the Museum and our daily tour through the historic Freeman Hotel. We are very sorry, but we won't be able to accommodate our vegan, nut, peanut and gluten free friends. Duration: 2.5-3 hours Tour times: 4:30pm (last two Fridays in April, May and June 2016) Recommended for: All ages; route is approx. 1 mile on sidewalks and inclines. Prices: Adults: $42.95 Seniors: $35.95 Students (13-18 or with student ID): $25.95 Children (5-12): $25.95 Under 5: Free
Jun 17th, 2016 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  CWB - Third Friday Speaker - Vixen's Voyage: One Family's 11-Year Odyssey - Bruce Halabisky
Just three months after their wedding in 2004, Tiffany Loney and Bruce Halabisky left Victoria, British Columbia, for Hawaii aboard their 1952 sailboat,Vixen, a 34’ John Atkin-designed cutter. This was to be the first leg of an 11-year voyage around the world, including crossing the Indian and Pacific Oceans and three trans-Atlantic crossings. Along the way Tiffany and Bruce added two children to their crew: Solianna and Seffa Jane. The whole Halabisky family will be here to talk about the challenges and rewards of ocean voyaging on a small classic wooden boat. At The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union. The event is free (donations are welcome) and light refreshments will be served.
Jun 17th, 2016 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Seeing the Light - Four Decades in Chinatown
Jack Straw Cultural Center not only is currently hosting an exhibit of four decades' worth of award-winning photojournalist Dean Wong's work,it is also hosting a reading and talk with Wong on June 17. This is in conjunction with his new book, "Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown." The Center is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle's University District.
Jun 18th, 2016 (Sat)
  Fathers Ride Free - Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum invites children to treat their dads to a special train excursion aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad this Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19. Fathers ride free when accompanied by a paying child – of any age! Bring the whole family and enjoy views of the Cascade foothills, Snoqualmie Falls and the Snoqualmie Valley as you relax aboard the Northwest Railway Museum’s antique coaches. Trains depart every 90 minutes beginning at 11 AM from the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King Street and at Noon from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan Street. Roundtrip fares: $12 Ages 2-12, $22 Ages 13-61, and $20 Ages 62 and up!
Jun 18th, 2016 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Bookmarks & Landmarks - Mary Olson Farm - The Orchardist
Bookmarks & Landmarks is a new book club event in South King County with a local, historic twist. Read one or all of the titles, then visit these historic sites for a program including guest speakers and special tours. Each program will include a group book discussion led by a King County Library System librarian. The series includes: May 21 – Bereiter House – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown June 18 – Mary Olson Farm – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin July 16 – Neely Mansion – Looking Like the Enemy by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald The June 18 event will include a tour of the Farm’s century-old orchard, followed by a special look at the novel with Green River College professor Dr. Michelle Marshman. Free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.wrvmuseum.org or call 253-288-7439. Refreshments at Mary Olson Farm are being provided through the generosity of Keller Williams realtor Vickie Chynoweth. This event is sponsored in part by Humanities Washington, the King County Library System and SoCoCulture.
Jun 18th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 19th, 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
Jun 18th, 2016 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Photographic Pop-Up Exhibit and Workshop
Come to this pop-up exhibit and share your own photos from Renton! RHM staff will give a short presentation and answer questions about photographic storage and conservation so you can protect your collection for years to come. Focus will be on photos from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, but all are welcome! The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Admission $3/adults; $1/students and children. www.rentonhistory.org
Jun 18th, 2016 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Another Big Day: Rare Images from the George Gulacsik Space Needle Collection
Local author and columnist Knute Berger will discuss the gems of the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection. George Gulacsik did the most thorough photographic documentation of the construction of the Space Needle in 1961-2. Recently digitized by the Seattle Public Library these images, many seen for the first time, offer a rare view of the people and techniques use to raise Seattle’s premier icon. The pictures yield some extraordinary moments not captured by others, including a rare visit by president John F. Kennedy, the only pictures of the Needle’s lead architect on the Needle itself, and a workforce that was much more diverse than previously acknowledged. This talk will offer an overview of the collection with a focus on some of its gems. Knute Berger is a Seattle author and columnist for Crosscut and Seattle Magazine whose book “Space Needle, Spirit of Seattle” was the 50th anniversary history of the tower published in 2012. He serves an ongoing role as consulting historian to the Space Needle where the photographs provide the backbone of a new permanent exhibit. In Seattle's Central Library Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Jun 19th, 2016 (Sun)
  Fathers Ride Free - Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum invites children to treat their dads to a special train excursion aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad this Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19. Fathers ride free when accompanied by a paying child – of any age! Bring the whole family and enjoy views of the Cascade foothills, Snoqualmie Falls and the Snoqualmie Valley as you relax aboard the Northwest Railway Museum’s antique coaches. Trains depart every 90 minutes beginning at 11 AM from the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King Street and at Noon from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan Street. Roundtrip fares: $12 Ages 2-12, $22 Ages 13-61, and $20 Ages 62 and up!
Jun 19th, 2016 (Sun)
2:00 PM
  SouthWest Stories - From the Shore to the Bluff
Architect and West Seattle native Ron Tjerandsen speaks on "From the Shore to the Bluff: An Immigrant Family's Story" at the West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle. Co-sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and the Seattle Public Library, this program is free.
Jun 21st, 2016 (Tue)
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.
Jun 24th, 2016 (Fri)
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Not Just Tofu Tour - Wing Luke Museum
Vegetarian culinary tour of Chinatown-International District! Spots go quickly so book your tickets now! We'd like you to come eat with us and talk about food,history and meet some of the families that feed us and keep us healthy. Includes full-day access to the Museum and our daily tour through the historic Freeman Hotel. We are very sorry, but we won't be able to accommodate our vegan, nut, peanut and gluten free friends. Duration: 2.5-3 hours Tour times: 4:30pm (last two Fridays in April, May and June 2016) Recommended for: All ages; route is approx. 1 mile on sidewalks and inclines. Prices: Adults: $42.95 Seniors: $35.95 Students (13-18 or with student ID): $25.95 Children (5-12): $25.95 Under 5: Free
Jun 25th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 26th, 2016 (Sun)
  Eastside Heritage Center's Strawberry Festival
Takes place at Crossroads International Park in Bellevue and runs on Saturday from 10 AM - 8 PM, on Sunday from 10 AM - 6 PM.
Jun 25th, 2016 (Sat)
  Greeks on the Streets - Greenwood Car Show
Over 15 classic vehicles will be displayed by their Greek-American owners in front of Pete’s Eggnest at N 77th Street and Greenwood Avenue in Seattle. Beginning at 10 AM.
Jun 25th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 26th, 2016 (Sun)
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Museum of Flight - grand opening of Aviation Pavilion
The Museum celebrates the opening of its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion June 25-26. The grand opening weekend for the roofed outdoor gallery will include live music and entertainment within the embrace of 17 classic planes. Boasting the "Pavilion Collection" of glamorous runway designs like the Boeing 747 prototype and Concorde, the festivities will also include airline-inspired fashion shows, swag bags for the first 500 visitors each day, designer eats and brews, plus stylish performances by aerial artists dangling from the rafters. The Museum and Pavilion will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all events are free with admission to the Museum.
Jun 25th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 26th, 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
Jun 25th, 2016 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  SWSHS - If These Walls Could Talk - Tour of The Kenney
West Seattle's only continuous-care community for seniors has operated for 107 years, just north of Lincoln Park. Stuart and Michele Kenney, great-great-great nephew and niece of founders Samuel and Jessie Kenney, will lead this tour that focuses on the 1909 Seaview Building with its cupola modeled after Independence Hall. Displays and volunteer tour guides will relate stories of the unique residents of The Kenney through the years. This is a fundraiser for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society - admission is $10 for SWSHS members, $15 for non-members. To learn more, call 206-938-5293, Thursday through Sunday.
Jun 26th, 2016 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Ballard Historical Society's Classic Home Tour
This year's slate of nine vintage houses were built between 1900 and 1931. The tour serves as a fundraiser to benefit the Ballard Historical Society. These well-maintained homes will draw you back to an era of solid craftsmanship, beauty, and style. Some on the tour exemplify the thoughtful integration of an older home's necessary updates while still embracing the scale and period in which the house was built. $20 tour tickets will go on sale in early June. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2016 Ballard Classic Home Tour and touring the houses free of charge. e-mail our Classic Home Tour Coordinator, Lesli Cook, at lesli@ballardhistory.org
Jun 26th, 2016 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historic Seattle Tour - Siebert Residence
Tour a handsome Mediterranean Revival house designed by Schack, Young and Myers and built in 1922 in north Capitol Hill. Includes a full length ballroom, outdoor patio with reflecting pool, ornate iron grilles, and more. After years of deferred maintenance, the house has now been completely renovated. $25 Historic Seattle members, $35 general public. Directions sent to participants after registering. www.historicseattle.org
Jun 26th, 2016 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Dunn Gardens Estate Tour
You can look forward to a pleasant afternoon involving three glorious gardens. The first is a large 11.5 acre garden that is over 100-years old. The features planned by the Olmsted Brothers in their 1909 plans were realized and recently many have been restored: a stream and the renovation of the woodland garden to name two. Two distinct and different walking trails are available in this garden full of splendid rooms and views. An unusual and neighborhood landscape full of art that complements the plantings with a glorious view is the next garden on the tour. Guests will complete the tour back at the Dunn Gardens where they will enjoy wine, refreshments to the soft sound of jazz. Tickets: Early Bird Special if tickets purchased by June 1, 2016. Dunn Gardens members: $85.00 Not yet members: $90.00 Full Price: $110 Fair market value of the ticket is $60.00 and the remainder is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.