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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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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, 2017 (Wed)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  Preserving Utility Tour: Local Fire and Police Collections
First stop is the Last Resort Fire Department, located in Seattle Fire Department Headquarters in Pioneer Square (301 Second Avenue S), built in 1908. This showcases the largest collection of antique motorized fire apparatus in the Pacific Northwest. Second stop is the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum (317 Third Avenue S), which is the official repository for the historical artifacts of the Seattle Police Department and the King county Sheriff's Office, dating back to the 1880s. $15 Historic Seattle members, $20 general public.
Mar 1st, 2017 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  History of the Northshore School District - Terri Malinowski
Historian-writer Terri Malinowski, who edited the Kenmore history book, "Kenmore by the Lake," will lead a program about the history of the Northshore School District. Free admission - the public is welcome to attend. At the Kenmore Community Club, 7304 NE 175th Street, Kenmore. For more information, contact Annette Eaton at etonsba@hotmail.com.
Mar 1st, 2017 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City
David Williams discusses his new book, "Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City," at the Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. The book includes two walks that relate to the Lake Washington Ship Canal - just in time for the centennial commemoration of that engineering feat. Free admission.
Mar 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  4Culture Cultural Facilities funding workshop - Pioneer Square
Applicants for the 2017 round of 4Culture's Cultural Facilities funding are encouraged to attend a workshop to talk with 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter about their proposed project. These special evening workshops at 4Culture's Pioneer Square offices (101 S Prefontaine Place) coincide with Pioneer Square's First Thursday events. After the workshop you can visit local galleries. Free Parking at select garages. More information at www.akcho.org
Mar 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Late Play Dates - White River Valley Museum
Bring the kids to the White River Valley Museum for themed activities and crafts perfect for families and community groups with kids ages 3-12. Free - no registration required. The White River Valley Museum is located in Les Gove Park, 918 H Street SE, Auburn.
Mar 3rd, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Words, Writers and West Seattle - Lorraine Bannai
Author Lorraine Bannai talks about her book "Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice" at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village.
Mar 4th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Pages of Issaquah History at the Depot
Kids of all ages are invited to drop in for a hands-on art activity! Participants will be encouraged to examine the Bill Haddon mural that hangs in the Depot, and then think about how they would tell their own story about Issaquah. We’ll provide the materials and guidance for participants to create their own Pages of Issaquah History. Resulting art will be on display at the Issaquah Depot, and on the Museums' web site. This activity is free with admission to the Depot Museum ($2 per adult, $1 per child).
Mar 4th, 2017 (Sat)
6:30 PM
  The Center for Wooden Boats Gala & Auction
The Center for Wooden Boats’ Gala & Auction is our largest fundraiser of the year. Your generous support of this event raises much-needed operating dollars, so we can: Provide hands-on instruction in sailing and maritime skills to kids of all ages Preserve small craft heritage for all to appreciate – no admission fee! Make access to water available to our entire community Change lives one boat at a time! Tickets are $150 per person or $1500 per table of 10. All reservations include hors d’oeuvres, hosted beer and wine, dinner, auctions, games, themed competitions, raffles, a photo booth and more! Valet hosted by CWB - event is being held at MOHAI.
Mar 5th, 2017 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  Tour of The Boys in the Boat Boathouse
Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller, The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the UW's Conibear Shellhouse and meet the team that is the legacy of the famed 1936 crew. Watch Rantz, Hume, Moch, and the rest of the ’36 Husky Clipper come to life in this hour-long tour highlighting the historical regalia of the champion crew. The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympics medals of Joe Rantz, and the famed Husky Clipper shell. Guests will be led by current and former UW rowing student-athletes through Conibear Shellhouse, starting with an inside look at the legacy of George Pocock and the latest generation of Pocock Racing shells, then through the heart of the boathouse: the erg bays, and finally to the Windermere Cup Dining room to stand under the Husky Clipper and imagine the roar of the crowd as the Clipper took gold in the Berlin Olympics race in front of Adolf Hitler. Time: Tours are offered on Sundays from noon - 1 PM for up to 15 people. Cost: $15 per person. $10 for students (ages 11-18). Children 10 and under are free. Location: Tours meet in the entry way of Conibear Shellhouse. Please note: Conibear Shellhouse is open to the public from 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The dining room where the Husky Clipper boat is displayed is closed to the public during private events and during student-athletes’ evening meal hours.
Mar 6th, 2017 (Mon)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Centennial Tribute to Nellie Cornish and Cornish College of the Arts
Historic Seattle pays tribute to "Miss Aunt Nellie," arguably the most important figure in Washington State's cultural history. Initially trained as a pianist and in music education, Nellie Cornish taught privately and at the University of Washington befounding the Cornish School in 1914. Among the artists who taught or performed at Cornish: Merce Cunningham, Martha Gram, Mark Tobey, and more. Curator and historian David Martin tells the story of the early years of Cornish College through paintings, prints, sculpture, drawings, and photography. This program will take place in the PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E Roy Street. Registration: $25/Historic Seattle members; $35/general public.
Mar 7th, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Taste of Place - MOHAI
From the Skagit Valley to the Columbia Gorge, Washington boasts some of the most productive growing regions in the world. How does this fertile land influence artisanal products? This panel discussion at the Museum of History & Industry brings together experts in geology, food, and wine to explore the ways natural phenomena contribute to the creation of some of our state's most specific aromas and flavors. Learn about and experience Washington terroirs first-hand through guided tastings of local cheese, honey, and wine. Panelists include: Abir Biswas, Faculty, Evergreen State College; Lori Babcock, Owner and Cheese Maker, Tieton Farm & Creamery; Marc Papineau, Co-owner, Bar Ferd'nand; Mike Graham, Farm Manager, Natural Mystic Farms; and Paul Perkins, Beekeeper, Seattle Urban Honey $15 MOHAI members, $20 general public
Mar 11th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Olde Town Mine Hike - Issaquah History Museums
Did you know that downtown Issaquah used to be the site of massive coal mines? The Issaquah History Museums' Olde Town Mine History Hike explores the mining history that shaped downtown Issaquah. Take the hike and get a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps, and discussions of the changing landscape. Hike begins at the Issaquah Depot, and advance tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com
Mar 11th, 2017 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society's Saturday Speaker Series - Camp Lewis and the Great War
Presentation by Erik Flint, MA Lt Col, US Army Reserve. At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond. www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org
Mar 11th, 2017 (Sat)
6:00 PM
  BlackPast.org 10th Anniversary Celebration
* Cocktail Reception from 6:00 pm with Juan Huey-Ray and the Sounds of the Northwest Choir * Cuisine from four African-American-owned Seattle restaurants begins at 7:00 pm * Joyce Taylor from KING TV will emcee the evening. * Remarks from BlackPast founder, Dr. Quintard Taylor * A historical reenactment by Euell A. Nielsen * The BlackPast Awards honoring those who brought us this far * And an opportunity for you to personally bring African-American history to life This event will be held at Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. $100/person. For more information and to buy tickets, visit blackpast.bpt.me
Mar 12th, 2017 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  Tour of The Boys in the Boat Boathouse
Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller, The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the UW's Conibear Shellhouse and meet the team that is the legacy of the famed 1936 crew. Watch Rantz, Hume, Moch, and the rest of the ’36 Husky Clipper come to life in this hour-long tour highlighting the historical regalia of the champion crew. The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympics medals of Joe Rantz, and the famed Husky Clipper shell. Guests will be led by current and former UW rowing student-athletes through Conibear Shellhouse, starting with an inside look at the legacy of George Pocock and the latest generation of Pocock Racing shells, then through the heart of the boathouse: the erg bays, and finally to the Windermere Cup Dining room to stand under the Husky Clipper and imagine the roar of the crowd as the Clipper took gold in the Berlin Olympics race in front of Adolf Hitler. Time: Tours are offered on Sundays from noon - 1 PM for up to 15 people. Cost: $15 per person. $10 for students (ages 11-18). Children 10 and under are free. Location: Tours meet in the entry way of Conibear Shellhouse. Please note: Conibear Shellhouse is open to the public from 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The dining room where the Husky Clipper boat is displayed is closed to the public during private events and during student-athletes’ evening meal hours.
Mar 15th, 2017 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Café: A Historical Perspective on Homelessness in Seattle
A panel of local community leaders guide a discussion on the history of homelessness in Seattle. What can be learned from the past to help address the current state of emergency in the city? At the MOHAI Cafe. Free.
Mar 16th, 2017 (Thu)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Historic Seattle's Digging Deeper series - Folio:The Seattle Athenaeum
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum was founded in 2014 on the ground floor of the YMCA, a designated Seattle landmark. It provides access to discerning private book collections that have been donated, and it is a home for reading, writing, dialogue and learning. Public programming includes book-based discussions, readings, presentations of book arts and rare volumes, and musical, cultural and civic events. Co-founder David Brewster and staff will discuss the development of the library and its online catalog, and show off its collections in four reading rooms. Pre-register at www.historicseattle.org $10 historic Seattle members, $15 general public
Mar 17th, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  The Future of the CWB Boatshop - The Center for Wooden Boats
meet our Lead Boatwright, Josh Anderson, who joined the staff last November. After an overview of what’s happening in CWB’s floating Boatshop, Josh will host a shop tour so you can see first-hand how he has re-organized it. Then, it’s back to the Boathouse for an open discussion about the future of the Boatshop. Yep, no speeches. This time, our audience is also our speaker(s). With the Wagner Education Center opening this year, the capabilities of the shop are going to expand (the new Bill Garden Boatshop will provide 2,600 square feet of space), changing the nature of how our shop is run. Lots of questions come to mind: What direction should we go? What programs can we run? How will this fundamentally change our operations? What challenges does CWB face? Will I finally get a Boatshop shift? The CWB community is invited to participate and help shape our future. This is a free program, but donations are cheerfully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.
Mar 17th, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Barbara Earl Thomas discusses Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series - Seattle Public Library
rtist Barbara Earl Thomas discusses Jacob Lawrence's iconic Migration series and its historical significance in our present moment. The Migration series is on view at Seattle Art Museum now through April 23. At the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, downtown Seattle.
Mar 18th, 2017 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr. - Neely Mansion
Bookmarks & Landmarks Junior is a family book club event with a local, historic twist! Each book discussion will be held in a different landmark location and led by a King County Library System Children’s Librarian! Read Thin Wood Walls ahead of time, then come to the Neely Mansion to discuss the book with its author David Patneaude. Sample a Japanese treat, try your hand at Haiku and tour the mansion, grounds, and the newly restored Japanese Bathhouse. Please place a copy of the book on hold through your local branch library of KCLS. For ages 10 and up. Attendance is free, but registration required. Children and the adults attending with them must register, as space is limited. The Neely Mansion is located at 12303 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd Auburn Sponsored by the Friends of the Black Diamond and Enumclaw Libraries and the Neely Mansion Association.
Mar 19th, 2017 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  Tour of The Boys in the Boat Boathouse
Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller, The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the UW's Conibear Shellhouse and meet the team that is the legacy of the famed 1936 crew. Watch Rantz, Hume, Moch, and the rest of the ’36 Husky Clipper come to life in this hour-long tour highlighting the historical regalia of the champion crew. The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympics medals of Joe Rantz, and the famed Husky Clipper shell. Guests will be led by current and former UW rowing student-athletes through Conibear Shellhouse, starting with an inside look at the legacy of George Pocock and the latest generation of Pocock Racing shells, then through the heart of the boathouse: the erg bays, and finally to the Windermere Cup Dining room to stand under the Husky Clipper and imagine the roar of the crowd as the Clipper took gold in the Berlin Olympics race in front of Adolf Hitler. Time: Tours are offered on Sundays from noon - 1 PM for up to 15 people. Cost: $15 per person. $10 for students (ages 11-18). Children 10 and under are free. Location: Tours meet in the entry way of Conibear Shellhouse. Please note: Conibear Shellhouse is open to the public from 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The dining room where the Husky Clipper boat is displayed is closed to the public during private events and during student-athletes’ evening meal hours.
Mar 19th, 2017 (Sun)
2:00 PM
  SouthWest Stories: Creating Harmony from Ages 8 to 80
Toni Reineke and Mariane Hermanson discuss West Seattle's community orchestras. This program is produced by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and will take place at the West Seattle Library, 2306 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle.
Mar 21st, 2017 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Hello 4Culture - Bothell and Kent
On the third Tuesday of every month, 4Culture staff members will be at the Kent Library sharing information about all of their opportunities, from grants to gallery space. Whether you’re an old pro at applying for funding and artists calls or this is the first time you’ve heard of us and just want to talk about King County culture, you're invited to stop by! Bring your questions, ideas, frustrations, and plans. Two venues: Kent Library - 212 2nd Avenue N, Kent AND Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park
Mar 21st, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  MOHAI's 2017 Denny Lecture with Dr. Frederick L. Brown
MOHAI’s annual Denny Lecture presents the best in regional historical scholarship. This year, Dr. Frederick L. Brown discusses the role of animals in struggles over power, place, and identity throughout Seattle history. Brown is the author of The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle (University of Washington Press), and an independent historian working with the National Park Service. $10 MOHAI members and $15 general public
Mar 22nd, 2017 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Beyond the Wall film screening - Seattle Public Library
Join us for a screening of "Beyond the Wall," a documentary looking at the journey of prisoners from incarceration to community re-entry. Stay for a panel discussion with criminal justice reform advocates and community service providers. At the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, downtown Seattle. Free.
Mar 22nd, 2017 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Art Glass by George C. Scott - Des Moines Historical Society
Mostly self-taught, George C. Scott started doing leaded glass commissions in Laguna Beach, California. After expanding into kiln working glass and blown glass, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and opened his studio in Des Moines in 2004 where he works on glass sculpture, glass lighting and glass architectural elements. His work is on display at the Ministry of Education in Kuwait, the University of Delaware, and our local Des Moines Marina. Come here him talk about his work at this presentation sponsored by the Des Moines Historical Society at the IOOF Hall, 728 S 225th Street, Des Moines.
Mar 23rd, 2017 (Thu)
7:30 PM
  Overlooked Stories from Around the Lake
The Queen Anne Historical Society and the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild are co-hosting this program at Seattle Pacific University's Ames Library, 3226 6th Avenue W, Seattle. Local experts Carol Arnold, Sarah Frederick, and Sarah Samson will discuss how the lowering of Lake Washington altered the shoreline and the people who inhabited it. David B. Williams will serve as moderator.
Mar 25th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM
  Olde Town Mine Hike - Issaquah History Museums
Pre-registration required. Meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Cost $10/general, $7?50 IHM members. www.issaquahhistory.org
Mar 25th, 2017 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Seattle and Los Angeles
Parkinson designed some of Seattle's most distinguished buildings, beginning in 1889. His Seattle National Bank Building (now the Interurban Building) is the most distinguished example of Romanesque Revival in Seattle. he also designed the B.F. Day School in Fremont. Los Angeles-based author and television producer Stephen Gee will give this presentation at The Chapel Space at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Seattle. $25 Historic Seattle members; $35 general public.
Mar 25th, 2017 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Greek Independence Day Celebration
Join the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington and the Seattle AHEPA Family in celebrating Greek Independence Day with live music, dancing and dinner at St. Demetrios Community Center. There will be presentations by the Greek School and Greek dance groups. For reservations (parties of 8-10 per table) contact Chris Economou at 206-940-9455 or ceconomou81@yahoo.com
Mar 26th, 2017 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  Tour of The Boys in the Boat Boathouse
Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller, The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the UW's Conibear Shellhouse and meet the team that is the legacy of the famed 1936 crew. Watch Rantz, Hume, Moch, and the rest of the ’36 Husky Clipper come to life in this hour-long tour highlighting the historical regalia of the champion crew. The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympics medals of Joe Rantz, and the famed Husky Clipper shell. Guests will be led by current and former UW rowing student-athletes through Conibear Shellhouse, starting with an inside look at the legacy of George Pocock and the latest generation of Pocock Racing shells, then through the heart of the boathouse: the erg bays, and finally to the Windermere Cup Dining room to stand under the Husky Clipper and imagine the roar of the crowd as the Clipper took gold in the Berlin Olympics race in front of Adolf Hitler. Time: Tours are offered on Sundays from noon - 1 PM for up to 15 people. Cost: $15 per person. $10 for students (ages 11-18). Children 10 and under are free. Location: Tours meet in the entry way of Conibear Shellhouse. Please note: Conibear Shellhouse is open to the public from 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The dining room where the Husky Clipper boat is displayed is closed to the public during private events and during student-athletes’ evening meal hours.
Mar 26th, 2017 (Sun)
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Crazy Politics – Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America
Has it always been this bad? Discover the history of conspiratorial thinking in American politics. This public discussion about the things that are on many of our minds is a presentation of the Highline Historical Society, courtesy of Humanities WA and their popular Speakers Series. Presenter Cornell Clayton is Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University. This early evening event begins with a reception at 5 PM and the professor’s presentation at 5:30 PM. Sponsored by the Highline Historical Society, and held at Burien Actors Theatre, at the NW corner of intersection of 4th Ave SW and SW 146th Street in Burien. Free admission.
Mar 28th, 2017 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  AKCHO membership meeting - Railway Education Center
Host: Northwest Railway Museum Address: Railway Education Center; 9312 Stone Quarry Rd; Snoqualmie Phone: 425-888-3030 Program: New Railway Education Center Serves Public, Engages Volunteers It took 25 years, but this month the Northwest Railway Museum finished its Railway Education Center and AKCHO members are invited to tour the facility as well as hear from staff about plans to serve the public and the museum’s long history of recruiting and retaining volunteers. The volunteer element is a special focus as it pertains to the StEPS program facilitated by 4Culture in 2015 to help AKCHO members strengthen their organizations. Brandon Claycomb, PhD. and founder of Refined Ideas Consulting, will lead a session titled “Being Strategic about Volunteer Engagement and Retention” that will focus on: Identifying your organization’s biggest volunteer challenge/opportunity (recruitment, engagement, retention, use, etc.) Approaches recommended by theory and studies Group discussion of specific best practices targeted to your challenges and opportunities Driving Directions Traveling on Eastbound I-90: Take exit 27 “Snoqualmie & North Bend.” Turn left at the foot of the exit ramp and pass under the freeway onto North Bend Way. Proceed for 3/4 of a mile. (Stay in the right hand lane to go through the round-about at the Snoqualmie Casino.) Turn left on Meadowbrook Way. Proceed for 1/2 mile, crossing over the railroad tracks. Turn right on Railroad Avenue (SR 202). Proceed 500 feet and then turn right onto Stone Quarry Road. The Center is at 9312 Stone Quarry Road. Bus Routes: We should point out that this meeting venue is not easy to reach via public transportation. Perhaps you can take the bus to the Issaquah Transit Center and arrange to have someone pick you up there and drive the rest of the way to Snoqualmie. Visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov to plan your trip.
Mar 30th, 2017 (Thu)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  Sorting Out Race Opening Night - Renton History Museum
Come celebrate the opening of Sorting Out Race at the exhibit’s only showing in the Pacific Northwest. Members of the Museum’s staff, Board of Trustees, and Community Advisory Committee share thoughts on the role of the museum in creating a color-brave, not color-blind, community. Light refreshments will be served. The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. Admission is Adults $5; Students/Children $2; Renton History Museum Members always free.
Mar 31st, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 8:00 AM
  Overnight at the White River Valley Museum
Kids ages 7-12 will love this activity-packed overnighht adventure in the Museum with games, scavenger huts, crafts and more! $30/child, pre-registration required.The White River Valley Museum is located in Les Gove Park, 918 H Street SE, Auburn.