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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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Feb 3rd, 2015 (Tue)
7:00 PM
  Imaging the Arctic: Communicating Climate Science through Art
Marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre and expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin present their field work and collaboration investigating the impact of sea ice loss on narwhals, an iconic species of the Arctic. This lecture is in conjunction with the Nordic Heritage Museum's exhibit, Imaging the Arctic. Suggested donation, $5. www.nordicmuseum.org
Feb 6th, 2015 (Fri)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Words, Writers & West Seattle - Theresa McCormick
The author of A Far Cry From Here: Growing Up and Out of Fundamentalism, appears at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village. The program is free, and if you buy any book while attending that evening, 10% of proceeds goes to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Feb 7th, 2015 (Sat) -- Feb 8th, 2015 (Sun)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  NorthWest Scale Modelers Show
Explore hundreds of displays in miniature at the 2015 NorthWest Scale Modelers Show at the Museum of Flight Feb. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See hundreds of detailed scale models of all types at the state's largest show of its kind. While airplane and spacecraft models predominate, there are also exotic cars, boats, and creations from fantasy. The show includes modeling seminars with the experts, with free make-and-take activities for families.
Feb 7th, 2015 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  A Place at the Table - exhibit opening celebration
Celebrate the opening of MOHAI's newest exhibit, A Place at the Table: Over 100 Years of Greek Restaurants, Culture, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit with all-day activities, including music, dancing, games, and crafts! Schedule of activities: All day: Greek food craft activity, Greek restaurant play activity 11 am: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Dance Group 1 pm: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Dance Group 3 pm: Christos Govetas Family Music Group followed by opening remarks and participatory dancing. Activities included with museum admission. For information on museum admission, getting to MOHAI, and parking in the area, please visit www.mohai.org
Feb 7th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Historic Seattle's Digging Deeper Series - Seattle Public Schools Archives
Get an inside look at the Seattle Public Schools Archive at 2445 Third Avenue S in Seattle. The Archive chronicles the history of the Seattle Public Schools (including architecture and buildings) from the 1880s to today, and contains numerous collections related to individual school histories and student voices. The collection consists of published printed materials, manuscripts and ephemera along with administrative records or files, photos, and artifacts such as scrapbooks, trophies, art, and banners. 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. $10 general public / $8 members / $5 students www.historicseattle.org
Feb 7th, 2015 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Lunar New Year Opening Celebration - Wing Luke Museum
A Lion Dance at 11 AM and a New Year Fair from 11:30 AM - 3 PM are part of the festivities as the Wing Luke Museum celebrates the Year of the Sheep. the Museum is located at 719 S King Street, Seattle. www.wingluke.org
Feb 8th, 2015 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Author talk - The First Sculptor of Seattle - Bellevue Library
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 Bellevue Library, 1111 10th Avenue NE, Bellevue. 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.
Feb 10th, 2015 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  Museum field trip guide training - White River Valley Museum
Guides are trained to present programs o topics ranging from historic people to Native American culture for students from pre-K through 3rd grade. For more information contact wells@auburnwa.gov or 253-876-5010. www.wrvmuseum.org
Feb 11th, 2015 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  The Maury Island Incident screening and filmmaker Q&A - Des Moines Historical Society
This screening of a dramatization of a Puget Sound UFO sighting will also include a narrative from the filmmakers about the history of the incident as uncovered in FBI files, and a chance to ask questions following the screening. This program benefits the Des Moines Historical Society and will take place at Mt. Rainier High School, 22450 19th Avenue S, Des Moines. $10 prepaid - buy online at www.mauryislandincident.com or call the Des Moines Historical Museum at 206-824-5226 and leave your name and phone number so that the ticket can be waiting for you to purchase at the high school will call on the evening of the event.
Feb 12th, 2015 (Thu)
  Bulding a Narrative with Seattle - Seattle Architecture Foundation
In literature, the backdrop of a story can oftentimes emerge to be as developed as a main character, revealing emotive qualities of a place that help transport the reader. Many writers living in Seattle feel compelled to reference their surroundings either as a source of inspiration or the setting for a story. In this lecture, speakers discuss how Seattle’s built and natural environment influences writers, their stories, and vice versa. At Town Hall, downstairs. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle. Advance Tickets: $15 General - $10 Members - $5 Students. Speakers: Karen Madea Allman, Elliott Bay Bookstore David Laskin, Local Author Bill LaPatra, Mithun Marcellus Turner, Seattle Public Library
Feb 14th, 2015 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - Eddie Bauer and the Northwest
Eddie Bauer clothing and gear are internationally known, but the man behind the brand was rooted in the Seattle area – including the Eastside. Born on Orcas Island, Bauer was raised in Seattle, began his outdoors career at the age of 13 working for the Piper and Taft sporting goods store, started his own business in 1920 and went on to create the first patented down jacket in America. He later designed cold weather gear for the U.S. military, South Pole scientists and the expedition that made the first American ascent of Everest – always using the Pacific Northwest as his laboratory. With a combination of vintage photographs and physical artifacts, this program is the story of the man, his innovations and his company. Presenter Colin Berg Brand is Historian and Editorial Writer at Eddie Bauer. At Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond. Admission is free.
Feb 14th, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Myths of the WWII German Air Force - Museum of Flight
Museum Curator Dan Hagedorn and World War II Historian Dr. JD Wyneken shed light on the dark facts about the World War II German air force. With the loss of many hard records regarding the exploits of the German Luftwaffe during World War II, there exists a certain romanticism surrounding Hitler's air force in the eyes of some historians and many history buffs. Hagedorn and Wyneken aim to put the record straight. Free with admission to the Museum. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila. www.museumofflight.org
Feb 17th, 2015 (Tue)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  Exhibit opening of Furry Friends: From Fads to Family
Bring your well-behaved animal companion on a leash and enjoy the opening of the Renton History Museum’s newest exhibit about Renton’s pets and the people who love them. Light refreshments. The Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Please RSVP at 425-255-2330.
Feb 19th, 2015 (Thu)
6:30 PM
  History Cafe - The Impact of HIV/AIDS in Seattle
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
Feb 19th, 2015 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Author talk - The First Sculptor of Seattle - Auburn Library
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 Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn. 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.
Feb 20th, 2015 (Fri)
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  Black Weirdo Party - NAAM
Black Weirdo, created by THEESatisfaction, inspires you to embrace yourself in your own personal greatness, get to know yourself and to be your best self. And what better way to do that then amongst friends dancing to great music? Featuring THEE Satisfaction, Mursi Lane and OC Notes. The Northwest African American Museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. www.naamnw.org
Feb 20th, 2015 (Fri)
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
  Black Weirdo Party - Northwest African American Museum
Black Weirdo, created by THEESatisfaction, inspires you to embrace yourself in your own personal greatness, get to know yourself and to be your best self. And what better way to do that then amongst friends dancing to great music? Featuring: THEE Satisfaction, Mursi Lane and OC Notes. The Northwest African American Museum is located at
Feb 21st, 2015 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Astronaut Jay Apt - Museum of Flight
Four-time space shuttle astronaut Jay Apt will speak at the Museum to talk about his amazing life as a NASA astronaut, scientist, pilot, photographer and even a model rocketeer! Apt is a featured speaker for the National Association of Rocketry annual convention--NARCON 2015--being held at the Museum this weekend. Apt is one of the few people that have made spacewalks, and has been in orbit with not only the shuttle but the Russian Mir space station. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila. www.museumofflight.org
Feb 22nd, 2015 (Sun)
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  HOLLA! Writers Respond to The Fabric of Our Lives - NAAM
Respond to the new exhibition The Fabric of Our Lives 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 2pm. We will repeat the workshop on March 1 for writers age 14-18. To pay at the door, please make your reservation over the phone 206-518-6000, Wednesday through Sunday, between 11 AM - 5 PM. Registration will close on February 20. NAAM is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle.
Feb 24th, 2015 (Tue)
11:00 AM
  AKCHO membership meeting - Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
Located at 1414 S Weller Street, Seattle. Please note our new start time: 11 AM!
Feb 26th, 2015 (Thu)
5:00 PM
  20th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner
The Nordic Heritage Museum's annual dinner honors the memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who intervened to help save thousands of Jews from deportation to concentration camps. Professor Daniel Chirot of the University of Washington's Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists include Holocaust survivor Bob Herschkowitz; Arik Cohen, a grandson of four survivors; Kirsten Larsen, on her war experiences in Denmark; and Bertil Lundh on his experiences in Sweden. Cost $50 for members of the Nordic Heritage Museum, Washington State Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Holocaust Center for Humanity; $55 general admission. www.nordicmuseum.org
Feb 27th, 2015 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  America's Hometown: Terra Cotta
Film screening and panel discussion will take place in the Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium. What could be more appropriate than a discussion of terra cotta within the walls of the terra cotta clad building that the renowned Post- Modernist firm of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown designed for the Seattle Art Museum downtown at 1300 First Avenue? Carol Gregory has produced a short documentary, America’s Hometown: Terra Cotta directed by Brian Moratti and edited by Chris Martin. The film was presented at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival. It explores the use of terra cotta in architecture and art from 1890 to 1940. Through interviews, archival images, and film, the documentary looks at the work life of the mostly unknown men who covered and decorated America’s high rises in terra cotta. It questions what you do with the art attached to 100-year-old buildings. America’s Hometown: Terra Cotta encourages understanding of the artistic gifts left to us by earlier generations and urgency in preserving it for the enrichment of future generations. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with an expert in terra cotta restoration, a developer who has saved and reconstructed a terra cotta showroom façade, the editor of an important work on Seattle’s iconic terra cotta buildings with an introduction by Robert Venturi, and museum and university staff who are preserving valuable terra cotta business records. Photographs, drawings, and samples will be on display. Panelists Mark Morden, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.: Creating new Arctic Club walruses Sharon Coleman, Vulcan: Saving and reconstructing the Lincoln-Mercury showroom façade Lydia Aldredge, Archetype: The making of Impressions of Imagination: Terra Cotta Seattle Hilary Pittenger, Curator of Collections, White River Museum: The Northern Clay Company archives, photographs, and fragments Nicolette Bromberg, Special Collections, Univ. of Washington Libraries: John W. Elliot, Gladding McBean, and campus building ornamentation Co-sponsored by Historic Seattle and the Seattle Art Museum.