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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 1st, 2014 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Maple Valley Historical Society Museums Open House
Enjoy the historic Gibbon-Mezzavilla General Store and the Fire Engine Museum on the grounds of the Greater Maple Valley Community Center (22012 SE 248th Street), and the Third Floor Museum in the original Maple Valley High School on SE 216th Street. www.maplevalleyhistorical.com
Nov 1st, 2014 (Sat)
10:00 AM
  Pioneer Square - Wilderness to Metropolis
The history of Seattle reads like a funky fairy tale on the brick facades of these hallowed blocks. Stand on the spot where our city fathers waded ashore to found their metropolis. Wander back and forth across the line that once separated polite society from one of America’s most notorious vice districts. Through a gold rush, a Great Fire, and too many re-births to count, Pioneer Square has remained at the heart of Seattle’s identity. And now, with a new crop of chefs, entrepreneurs, developers, and community groups all staking their claims, Pioneer Square is preparing to absorb yet another layer of Seattle’s story. This tour is sponsored by the Seattle Architecture Foundation. Registration $10 for SAF members, $15 for the general public. www.brownpapertickets.com
Nov 1st, 2014 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Martial arts demo and presentation - Wing Luke Museum
Sifu Taky Kimura, one of Bruce Lee's officially named students, will do a demo and discuss his relationship with Bruce Lee, with martial arts, and the philosophies that led to the development of meet june do, Bruce Lee's own style of martial arts. For tickets, call Visitor Services at 206-623-5124 or e-mail rsvp@wingluke.org The Wing Luke Museum is located at 719 S King Street in Seattle's International District.
Nov 1st, 2014 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  From Paris to Seattle: The Fashion Careers of Helen Igoe and Madame Thiry
Join the Museum of History & Industry’s Costume and Textile Specialist Clara Berg for an encore lecture about the fascinating stories and lasting influence of two Seattle women, and stay for a special viewing of garments from the MOHAI costume collection. Tickets: $10, $5 for MOHAI members and students
Nov 4th, 2014 (Tue)
7:00 PM
  MOHAI Trivia at The Wurst Place
Join us for MOHAI Pub Trivia at The Wurst Place in South Lake Union (510 Westlake Ave N). Teams are limited to 6 people. Can’t make it to South Lake Union? Visit mohai.org/pubtrivia for a list of neighborhood trivia nights featuring MOHAI rounds!
Nov 6th, 2014 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Late Play Date at the White River Valley Museum
This monthly free program is perfect for kids ages 3-12. Families will enjoy free admission to the museum as well as themed craft stations and activities, no registration required. Late play dates occur every first Thursday of the month. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE on the Auburn Community Campus. www.wrvmuseum.org
Nov 6th, 2014 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Wing Luke Museum Lecture - David B. Williams - "Too High and Too Steep"
David B. Williams, author of "Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography," will be discussing how and why Seattle looks like it does. From razing Denny Hill and filling in tide flat communities such as Chinatown-International District, Seattle's citizens have dug up, dumped upon and carted away its original topography more than most other cities. Free. The Wing Luke Museum is located at 719 S King Street in Seattle's International District.
Nov 6th, 2014 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  A Reflection on Lyndon B. Johnson’s Legacy in the Pacific Northwest
The event is being hosted at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, in collaboration with the Museum of History and Industry and Seattle Repertory Theatre, which is producing Robert Schenkkan’s two plays on LBJ, “All the Way” and “The Great Society,” this fall. Each panelist has direct ties to LBJ’s administration, were prominent politicians in Washington state during the 1960s, or worked for LBJ’s longtime U.S. Senate friend and collaborator, Warren G. Magnuson. Panelists include: • Daniel J. Evans, former governor of Washington state • Gerald Grinstein, former CEO of Delta Airlines and the Burlington Northern Railroad and former administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson • Gary D. Gayton, attorney and a delegate to LBJ’s first White House Civil Rights Conference • Stanley H. Barer, chairman emeritus of Saltchuk Resources and former administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson • Gerry Johnson, managing partner at Pacifica Law Group and former administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson Topics will include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Vietnam War and the war on poverty. This program is free and everyone is welcome. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM. For more information, call 206-386-4636
Nov 7th, 2014 (Fri)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Words, Writers & West Seattle - Sandi Doughton
The author of Full Rip 9.0 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.
Nov 8th, 2014 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - Bones Beneath Our Feet
Author and professor of American legal history Michael Schein explores the period from the first European-American settlement in Puget Sound to the execution of Chief Leschi, leader of the Native Americans in the Indian War of 1855-56. A story of extremes: great courage, cultural misunderstanding, interracial love, heroism and cruelty, the discussion will cover the trial of Leschi, and the limits of constitutional protections in the face of hysteria and fear (with marked parallels to the War on Terror). Schein will explore the causes of the war, cultural misunderstandings and the consequences of fearing a stereotyped “other.” This program made possible by Humanities Washington. At Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond. Admission is free.
Nov 8th, 2014 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  Southwest Historical Society Champagne Gala Brunch
Celebrate the restoration of the Admiral Totem Pole and listen to a music scene panel hosted by West Seattle broadcaster Marty Riemer who will interview a panel of six national music luminaries about why they live in West Seattle. The Schmitz family of West seattle will make a presentation on the family's legacy of civic duty and gratitude. There will be a golden ticket drawing to win a totem pole cruise for two to Alaska, and there will be inspiring live auction surprises. Order tickets by visiting www.loghousemuseum.info.
Nov 8th, 2014 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Honoring Veterans with Song - Saar Pioneer Cemetery
Members of the Cascade Foothills Chorale will be honoring veterans with song at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery in Kent. The public is welcome. Parking is limited. The Cemetery is located at 9100 S 212th Street, Kent.
Nov 10th, 2014 (Mon)
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
  Town Hall Book Launch - Stirring Up Seattle
Seattle author R.M. Campbell will be launching his new book, Stirring Up Seattle: Allied Arts in the Civic Landscape, which documents Seattle's transformation in the 1950s and subsequent decades, including Allied Arts’ efforts to preserve the things we love best about this city — Pike Place Market, funding for the arts, and a number of local cultural institutions. Campbell and Mary Coney, both original Allied Arts members, will appear in conversation with Town Hall founder David Brewster and Wes Uhlman, former Seattle mayor, to discuss the role of citizen activism in the making of modern Seattle. Downstairs at Town Hall, which is located at 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle. Registration: $5
Nov 11th, 2014 (Tue)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  Veterans Day Celebration - Federal Way
This annual celebration involves the Historical Society of Federal Way and the Harmony Kings among others, as the Federal Way community honors its veterans. At Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Avenue S, Federal Way.
Nov 12th, 2014 (Wed)
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Seattle's First Hill - book signing
Historic Seattle debuts its 40th anniversary project, a definitive illustrated history titled Seattle's First Hill. Lawrence Kreisman, Paul Dorpat, Dotty De Coster, Jacqueline Williams, Dennis Andersen, Luci J. Baker Johnson and Brooke Best will be on hand to field questions and sign your book copy. Proceeds from book sales support Historic Seattle programs. www.historicseattle.org
Nov 13th, 2014 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Bojagi Exhibition opening reception - Wing Luke Museum
In conjunction with the Korean American Historical Society, this exhibition explores the diversity of Korean American identity. The Wing Luke museum is located at 719 S King Street, Seattle.
Nov 14th, 2014 (Fri)
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  Empire Is in the Heart - UW conference on Carlos Bulosan
This one-day conference on the life and works of Carlos Bulosan seeks to encourage different ways of reckoning with the legacies of Bulosan both in the U.S. and in the Philippines. It also seeks to address the relationship between his artistic and political approaches and his place in understanding the braided histories of labor migration, racial formation, Filipino diasporic imagination, and imperial expansion. Admission is free. The conference takes place at the University of Washington HUB, Room 145, and will be followed by a reception marking the opening a new exhibit opening in the UW Libraries, "Author, Poet and Worker: The World of Carlos Bulosan." The reception will be hosted by the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific and feature several speakers addressing the relevance of Bulosan to activism today. Contact: Professor Vince Rafael, (206) 543-5699 or vrafael@uw.edu Sponsored by the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, UW Department of History, UW Department of English, UW Department of Political Science, UW Jackson School of International Studies, UW Southeast Asia Center, and Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA Asian American Studies Department. This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Nov 15th, 2014 (Sat)
10:30 AM
  Southwest Historical Society 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting
At the Southwest Branch of Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Avenue SW. The program will include a special memorial honoring founding members Joan Mraz and Jerry Robinson.
Nov 15th, 2014 (Sat)
11:00 AM
  Residue of History Mine Hike - Issaquah Depot
Registration required. Visit www.issaquahhistory.org
Nov 15th, 2014 (Sat)
2:00 PM
  Exercises to Free the Tongue - Auburn Library
Presentation and workshop by award-winning poet Molly Tenenbaum and artist/designer Ellen Ziegler, illuminated with historic images and ephemera from Molly's grandparents, who were ventriloquists on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1900s. This book of poems plays with metaphors of voice and breath. Both artist and author will share their process of making a limited-edition book, and disucss ways to approach compiling a family history creatively. At the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn. Free.
Nov 16th, 2014 (Sun)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Hiram Chittenden Locks - the Hidden Side tour
See the hidden operational side of the locks, when the Corps drains the main locks to reveal the enormous gates, saltwater inlets, sump pumps and feeder lines. Brought to you by Historic Seattle. $25/generla public; $10/students. More information at www.historicseattle.org
Nov 16th, 2014 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  An Afternoon with Hank Cramer - Highline Historical Society
Hank Cramer is one of the best-loved folk singers in the American West. The recipient of numerous awards, he’s known for his booming bass voice, smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar, and a wry sense of humor. Hank’s repertoire is a mix of original, traditional, and contemporary folk songs. They tell the stories of cowboys, sailors, soldiers, miners, adventurers, and just plain drifters. That fits with Hank’s life story: he has been an underground miner, a professional soldier, shanty-man on a square-rigged sailing ship, wrangler for a high-country outfitter, and a world traveler. Those experiences make Hank’s music ring with a special authenticity. This program is the feature of the Highline Historical Society's annual meeting.
Nov 17th, 2014 (Mon)
1:00 PM
  Mercer Island - Looking Ahead with City Manager Noel Treat - Mercer Island Historical Society
Mercer Island City Manager Noel Treat will discuss Sound Transit and light rail, the new school being built, and Town Center's revitalization. He'll also talk about the city's role as a regional leader in sustainability efforts including the plastic bag ban and the current project to increase the number of homes and businesses using solar power. At Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island.
Nov 19th, 2014 (Wed)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Hear My Bus A Comin' - bus shelter unveiling
You're invited to a free, pre-birthday commemoration for Jimi Hendrix. Join us for the unveiling of a Jimi Hendrix themed Metro Transit bus shelter in celebration of Jimi's profound legacy and the cultural and musical heritage of Seattle's Central District. The bus stop is at 2300 S Massachusetts Street in Seattle. This event is co-sponsored by the Northwest African American Museum, Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park and the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.
Nov 19th, 2014 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  "The Endless Possibilities" - Tiles from the collections of the Two Red Roses Foundation
Susan J. Montgomery, consultant to the Two Red Roses Foundation, shines the spotlight on the Foundation's tile collection, and shows a sampling of more than 200 examples of tiles manufactured by American and British companies. At the Frye Museum. $35/general public, $10/students. More information at www.historicseattle.org
Nov 20th, 2014 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Café: A Park System for All
Parks and greenspace are an important part of Seattle living. Join historian Jennifer Ott at the Compass Cafe at the Museum of History & Industry for a discussion about the Olmsted Plans that created the city's park system. Free to attend, but does not include MOHAI admission.
Nov 21st, 2014 (Fri) -- Nov 22nd, 2014 (Sat)
7:00 PM - 8:00 AM
  Overnight at the Museum
For kids aged 7-12 - spend the night playing games, going on scavenger hunts and watching a movie at this activity-packed over night at the White River Valley Museum.
Nov 22nd, 2014 (Sat)
7:00 PM
  NAAMTASTIC Voyage House Party
Celebrate the Northwest African American Museum's new exhibit, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution, with DJ Riz Rollins, DJ Sassy Black! Drinks by Lucid Lounge, surprise performances and more! General tickets go on sale on sale October 22. $15 in advance and $20 at the door! 21+ with ID.
Nov 25th, 2014 (Tue)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  AKCHO membership meeting - The Center for Wooden Boats
Host: The Center for Wooden Boats Address: 1010 Valley Street, Seattle 98109 Phone: 206-382-2628 Website: www.cwb.org Please RSVP to dick@cwb.org First, a Discussion: MOHAI’S Leonard Garfield and Sarah Sidman from ArtsFund will conduct a conversation focused on strengthening the ecology of arts, heritage and culture in our region. They seek your input on a series of questions that will help guide any steps that might be most valuable to strengthen our regional cultural sector. Program: Come Play with Us! The Center for Wooden Boats is known worldwide for its hands-on learning activities for kids of all ages. So, as soon as the business stuff is out of the way, it will be time to play. Come dressed for the fun of making a toy boat or, weather permitting, paddling a real one. Take a walk around the site of our soon-to-be-built Wagner Education Center or check out our fleet of small craft, most of which are available for rental year-round. We’ll close with a quick look at where CWB’s been and where we are going. Refreshments will be available all morning. Driving Directions: Take the Mercer Street exit (Exit #167), move to the right lane on the exit ramp and turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Go one short block and turn left at the light onto Valley Street. Turn right into the service road just BEFORE you reach the streetcar station. CWB is immediately east of MOHAI. Their buildings float and can be accessed by ramps on the south and west sides. The meeting is in the Boathouse, the two-story floating building. Parking Options: In the parking lot immediately adjacent to the streetcar station, CWB has 14 marked free spaces (signs will say “Reserved for AKCHO meeting attendees”) on the north side of the lot. There also are City of Seattle metered parking spaces in the same lot. (CWB spaces are free; City of Seattle spaces must be paid for.) There also is a pay lot in front of Daniel’s Broiler (west of CWB). Cost is $5 for 0-2 hours; $12 for 2-10 hours. Other pay lots in the area are shown at www.google.com+lots/@47.626095,-122.334051,15z/data=!4m4!2m3!3m2!1sparking+lots!2s1010+Valley+Street,+Seattle,+Washington+98109?hl=en Public Transportation: South Lake Union is serviced by these Metro bus lines: 26, 28, 70, 71, 72, 73, 30 and 17.
Nov 29th, 2014 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Greet the Season at Lake Union Park
Celebrate the start of the holiday season at Lake Union Park! MOHAI, The Center for Wooden Boats, and the Historic Ships Wharf will be filled with festive music and family-friendly activities all day. In the evening, catch the launch of the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival. MOHAI will be charging regular admission from 10 AM - 5 PM; access to the Atrium only will be free from 5-8 PM. Get your holiday shopping done early at the MOHAI Gift Shop! Enjoy the following discounts during Greet the Season, and all weekend long: 15% off for the general public 20% off for MOHAI members 25% off when you purchase a new MOHAI membership for yourself or as a gift
Nov 29th, 2014 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Santa Trolley and Deck the Depot - Issaquah Depot
Bring the kids for a ride they will remember before the trolley goes back to its long winter nap. $5 tickets. The same day, volunteers are needed to help get the Depot dressed for the holidays - if you'd like to help e-mail Lissa at volunteer@issaquahhistoryorg. The Depot is looted at 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah.