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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 1st, 2017 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Auburn
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. This workshop will be held at the Muckleshoot Library, 39917 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn. More information at www.akcho.org
Feb 1st, 2017 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Kenmore Heritage Society honors Sara Solum Hayashi
Sara Solum Hayashi will be presented with the Kenmore Heritage Society's McMaster Award, an annual honor bestowed upon an individual whose service over a period of time has had a major positive effect on the Kenmore community. 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.
Feb 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
Feb 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.
Feb 3rd, 2017 (Fri)
5:00 PM
  Words, Writers and West Seattle - Clay Eals
West Seattle author Clay Eals, who also serves as executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, will be talking about the biography he wrote, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music" (ECW Press, 2007, updated fourth printing 2017) genre: biography. His FREE talk will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village. It will be our 41st installment since the monthly series began in October 2013. Joining Clay at this presentation will be guitarist Brad Chrisman, a longtime volunteer and former board member of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. The talk will feature the performance of several Goodman songs.
Feb 3rd, 2017 (Fri)
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Winter Railroad Lecture with author/photographer Martin Burwash
Begin at the White River Valley Museum for an open house from 6:30-7:30, then enjoy the lecture and slideshow from 7:30-10 PM. A great evening of railroad history and reminiscing. $5/adults, $4/children and seniors. No registration required. The White River Valley Museum is located in Les Gove Park, 918 H Street SE, Auburn.
Feb 4th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Depot Play Date - Issaquah History Museums
Come celebrate “sweets and sweeties” at the historic Issaquah Depot Museum! For its February Play Date, the IHM invites you to drop in with your children for a hands-on exploration of February traditions of the past. Volunteers and kids will talk about important people in our lives and how we show them they are important. One homesick soldier’s request for cookies from Mom will guide conversation about the powerful connections between food and love. Kids will look at reproductions of Valentines and other “love” notes between friends and family. Kids will be able to decorate Valentines and/or a cookie to take home. To learn more, contact the Issaquah History Museums at info@issaquahhistory.org or by calling 425-392-3500. The Issaquah Depot Museum is located at 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. Museum Admission ($2 Adult, $1 Child, IHM members free)
Feb 4th, 2017 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Coal Mining at Cougar Mountain
Join Eastside Heritage Center for a historical presentation led by volunteer Steve Williams on the history of coal mining on Cougar Mountain. This program focuses on 100 years of local coal mining, and how coal was exported from this region to San Francisco in the late 1800s, turning Seattle into a dominant seaport. In 1888, there were 20 mules and 200 men employed here for coal mining. Discover what is underneath a mountain that is older than Mt. Rainier. This heritage program takes place at the Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE, Bellevue 98006. For ages 13+ For more information, contact 425-452-4195.
Feb 4th, 2017 (Sat)
6:00 PM
  Meet the Clampers - learn more about this fun-loving bunch of volunteers
If you're interested in historical preservation and are looking for a way to give back to your community, you are cordially invited to learn more about the Doc Maynard Historical Society and E Clampus Vitus. This AKCHO Award-winning, internally funded, nonprofit fraternal organization spends most of its fund creating plaques, refurbishing tombstones, and building monuments that promote historical awareness. If you are interested in learning more about this fun-loving group of guys, visit the Doc Maynard Chapter Home Page at www.ecv5440.com or call 253-880-2818 or e-mail humbug5440@gmail.com and then plan to stop in at this upcoming meeting, enjoy a beverage, and learn more about what's involved in being a "Clamper." The meeting takes place at the Auburn Eagles, 702 M Street SE, Auburn.
Feb 7th, 2017 (Tue) -- Feb 8th, 2017 (Wed)
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 8th, 2017 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture Cultural Facilities funding workshop - Issaquah
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. This workshop will be held at the Issaquah Library, 10 W Sunset Way, Issaquah. More information at www.akcho.org
Feb 8th, 2017 (Wed)
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Eastside Heritage Benefit Dinner
Eastside Heritage Center welcomes all to the 2017 Heritage Benefit Dinner, sponsored by The Bellevue Collection. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This fun-packed evening will have a wine reception with a range of hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, heritage displays, a 3-course dinner and a live program. Guests will be transported back to their school days, with School Memories & Experiences and stories from the Eastside’s past. Special guest Lennox Scott, third generation chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, founded in 1931 by his grandfather in Seattle, will be a feature of the live program for the evening. Hear his family’s history on becoming the fourth largest regional brand in the nation, and their memories of the Eastside. Come on your own or gather a group of friends for an evening of history, memories and shared stories! You can even compete in a round of Eastside Trivia with your table companions. The winning table will receive a special prize! Tickets are $100 per person, which includes food and beverages for the evening. Sponsorships are also available. To purchase your tickets or to sponsor a table, visit www.EastsideHeritageCenter.org Contact Lexi Roberts at 425-450-1049 or e-mail info@eastsideheritagecenter.org for more information.
Feb 9th, 2017 (Thu)
6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  Historic Pub Crawl - Issaquah History Museums
Come get to know old Issaquah's dark side! Crawk guides will illuminate Issaquah's colorful past while you enjoy appetizers and drinks at four of Issaquah's current drinking establishments. The Pub Crawl is a collaboration between the Issaquah History Museums and the Downtown Issaquah Association. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com
Feb 10th, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Spilled Milk and Eat It Too - MOHAI
Join a live taping of the popular podcast Spilled Milk. Podcast hosts, authors, and comedians Molly Wizenberg (Orangette and New York Times bestseller Delancey) and Matthew Amster-Burton (Pretty Good Number One and Hungry Monkey) begin with a food-related topic and run with it as far as they can go. Enjoy a special opening performance by And Eat it Too! podcast co-hosts Molly Gilbert and Sarah Barthelow. $10 MOHAI members and Spilled Milk subscribers - $15 general public.
Feb 11th, 2017 (Sat)
  Women at Work Curator Tour - White River Valley Museum
See the new Women at Work exhibit at the White River Valley Museum and hear fascinating insights and entertaining stories from exhibit curator and military uniform collector Alice Miller. Bring a friend and be inspired by stories of historic women's victories in life. Tours at 1 PM and again at 2 PM. Tour included with regular Museum admission ormembership. No registration required, but space is limited. The White River Valley Museum is located in Les Gove Park, 918 H Street SE, Auburn.
Feb 11th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Saint Edward Seminary Open House
An open house and tour will take place at the St. Edward Seminary at which developer Kevin Daniels will discuss plans for historic restoration of the seminary. This event, open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Kenmore Heritage Society, among other organizations. Saint Edward Seminary is located within the Saint Edward State Park and is located at 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore.
Feb 11th, 2017 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society's Saturday Speaker Series - A Look to the Kirkland's Past
Author and local historian Matthew W. McCauley will present. At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond. www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org
Feb 11th, 2017 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Artifact ID Day - Burke Museum
Do you have any intriguing objects tucked away? Bring them to the Burke on Artifact ID Day! Curators, collections managers and volunteers from our science and cultural divisions will be ready with their knowledge and expertise. Let’s uncover the mysteries together. Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk. What do you have? Artifact ID Day is included with Museum admission. It is free for Burke members and UW students, faculty and staff. The Burke Museum is located at the northwest corner of the UW Seattle campus.
Feb 12th, 2017 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Shot on Location: Architectural Landmarks on Film
Historic Seattle hosts this presentation by film critic Robert Horton at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue, in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. In this talk illustrated generously with film clips, Seattle Weekly film critic Horton looks at how the movies have treated some of our most iconic buildings and monuments. Registration: $25/Historic Seattle members; $35/general public.
Feb 14th, 2017 (Tue)
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  HeartBomb Key Arena on Valentines Day
Show your love for Key Arena by bringing a homemade valentine and taking a group photo with other historic preservationists concerned about the future of the iconic Paul Thiry-designed structure. More details on our website at www.akcho.org
Feb 15th, 2017 (Wed)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  Preserving Utility Tour: Living Computers Museum + Labs
LCM+L provides a one-of-a-kind experience with computer technology from the 1960s to the present. It honors the history of computing with the world's largest collection of fully restored and usable supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers. Historic Seattle members $15, general public $20. LCM+L is located at 2245 First Avenue S, Seattle.
Feb 15th, 2017 (Wed)
1:00 PM - 2:00 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. This workshop will be held at 4Culture's offices in Pioneer Square, 101 S Prefontaine Place. More information at www.akcho.org
Feb 15th, 2017 (Wed)
3:30 PM
  Hamm and Campbell Buildings landmark designation hearings
This concerns two historic buildings in West Seattle Junction. Hamm Building is a designation hearing at Seattle City Hall. More details to come. The Junction Task Force of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is coordinating testimony in favor of the designation. If you would like to write a letter to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in favor of the designation, please send a letter to the board at PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649. Also, a hearing and vote on the nomination of the Campbell Building has been set for the same time and date as above — 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Seattle City Hall. The Campbell nomination hearing likely will follow the Hamm designation hearing.
Feb 15th, 2017 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Cafe - Executive Order 9066
Densho Executive Director Tom Ikea discusses how Executive Order 9066, signed 75 years ago this month, impacted Japanese-Americans in our region. At the Museum of History & Industry, at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union. The event is free and open to the public.
Feb 17th, 2017 (Fri)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Kenmore by the Lake show and tell - Kenmore Heritage Society
In conjunction with the current "Pictorial Celebration of Kenmore History" exhibit currently on display at Kenmore City Hall, the Kenmore Heritage Society is hosting this special evening that invites audience participation. To take part, select one photo from “Kenmore by the Lake,” the city history book, and say something about the photo your have chosen in 1-2 minutes – why it appeals you … your own knowledge of the photo … questions about it (others in the audience may be invited to share their knowledge) … or simply describe the photo, picking up details from the book. Any comment will be appropriate. To take part: (1) Email Jo Ann Evans at evansjoann8@gmail.com with a description of the photo and page number. (If you have a photo you wish to share that is not in the book, just email it to Jo Ann.) Deadline: 5 PM, Wednesday, February 15. (2) Come on the 17th to Kenmore City Hall and be prepared to say something about the photo. We will show the images in a Power Point presentation. We expect to have a portable mic, so this will be informal. This will be a fun, fast-moving program running for 45-60 minutes. The more the merrier. Invite your friends and neighbors! Kenmore City Hall is located at 18120 68th Avenue NE, Kenmore.
Feb 17th, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  CWB's Third Friday Speaker Series - The Seawomen of Iceland
For centuries in Iceland, women have worked at sea, sometimes alongside men and also alone. They have commanded boats, and been lauded for their abilities. But today in Iceland, this history is all but erased; even women working at sea today are almost invisible. Why? It’s a question that anthropologist Margaret Willson has explored in several years of research with both modern-day Icelandic seawomen and the stories of their ancestors. In her recent book Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge (University of Washington Press 2016) she looks at both the vivid history and present of these women and the fascinating society from which they hail. Their experiences bring up questions about how we all create history and even our reality. Previous to her current Iceland studies, Margaret did research in Papua New Guinea and Brazil, taught in several countries, worked in ethnographic film, and for 16 years was International Director of an NGO. She is currently Affiliate Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology and the Canadian Studies Center’s Arctic Program at the University of Washington. The 3rd Friday program is free (donations cheerfully accepted). Light refreshments will be available. The Center for Wooden Boats is located at 1010 Valley Street at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union.
Feb 17th, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Saving Our Magnetic Media - Archival Screening Night
Hosting by Moving Images Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS), this event includes a mix of films from King County Archives, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle Municipal Archives, UW Libraries/Special Collections, Sally Sykes Group, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Public Schools. The screening will feature videos that have been converted from analog formats to digital for preservation and access using equipment, software, and expertise provided by MIPoPS. Happy hour at 7 PM, screening at 8 PM. At Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle. Buy tickets in advance - this was a sell-out crowd last year. www.nwfilmforum.org
Feb 18th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Edible City Family Day with Festal - MOHAI
Uncover the rich cultural diversity of food in the Pacific Northwest with MOHAI and Festál! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, dance performances, craft activities, and more at this all-ages event presented in collaboration with cultural partners from across the Puget Sound region. Free for MOHAI members - for all others, included with museum admission. the Museum of History & Industry is located at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union.
Feb 18th, 2017 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr. - Gibbon-Mezzavilla Store Museum
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 Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell as a family and then join us at the Gibbon-Mezzavilla Store Museum for a real taste of history from the story and participate in activities and games based on the book. Copies of Mailing May available at the Maple Valley Library, 21844 SE 248th Street in Maple Valley, upon registration – or you can order the book online and have it delivered to your own KCLS branch library. For ages 5 and up, siblings welcome. Free, but registration required. Children and the adults attending with them must register, as space is limited. Sponsored by the Maple Valley Library Guild and the Maple Valley Historical Society.
Feb 18th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  The Right to Dream - Renton History Museum
This Living Voices production recreates one student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s. The child of a WWII Black vet and a domestic worker, this student confronts discrimination and segregation in a small town on the eve of the American Civil Rights Movement. Living Voices productions combine live acting with video to illuminate how the fight against bias has shaped our history. Q&A session follows. Best for sixth graders through adult. $5 adults / $2 kids / Renton History Museum members always free. The Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton.
Feb 19th, 2017 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  2017 Day of Remembrance - Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today
To mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, Densho director Tom Ikeda and Arsalan Bukhari, director of the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will discuss the correlation between the Japanese American past and the treatment of law-abiding American Muslim children and families today. The presenters will also talk about what Seattleites can do to prevent harassment and discrimination of American Muslims in their community. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE - this event will now be taking place at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be livestreamed on Densho's website.
Feb 19th, 2017 (Sun)
2:00 PM
  There Are No Breaks: A 10th Anniversary Conversation with West Seattle Blog
Tracy Record, co-publisher of the West Seattle Blog, will be speaking as part of the SouthWest Stories series at High Point branch library, 3411 SW Raymond Street in West Seattle.
Feb 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
Feb 21st, 2017 (Tue)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  MOHAI Community Conversations - Immigrant Journeys
Enrique Cerna moderates an important community conversation about the personal experiences of King County’s immigrants and refugees, and their contributions to Puget Sound's creative spirit, culture, and economy. But in this time of change, how do they now view the future? Panelists include: Maru Mora Villalpando, Latino Advocacy; Simon Okelo, Founder, One Vibe Africa; and Lola Zakharova, Immigration Attorney, Member, King County Immigration and Refugee Task Force. This program is presented in partnership with Seattle Art Museum and King County TV. It is open to the public and free with pre-registration. The Museum of History & Industry is located at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle.
Feb 22nd, 2017 (Wed)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Preserving Utility Tour: Museum of Flight's Restoration Center and Reserve Collection
The Museum of Flight's Restoration Center & Reserve Collection is housed in a 23,000-square-foot facility where acquired aircraft are hosted and restored by a group of dedicated volunteers who put in thousands of hours each year. This tour provides an insider's perspective on these restoration projects. $15 Historic Seattle members, $20 general public. At Paine Field, 2909 100th Street SW, Everett. www.historicseattle.org
Feb 22nd, 2017 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Taste of the Market Culinary Series - MOHAI
In conjunction with Edible City, join MOHAI and Pike Place Market for intimate culinary experiences, where history has a place at the table alongside quality, Market-sourced food. Get inspired with local chefs in this program series through March. In February, join Chef Zoi Antonitsas and restauranteur Bryan Jarr, the force behind the future Pike Place MarketFront restaurant Jarr & Co., for a celebration of the history and diversity of Northwest sustainable seafood. $30 MOHAI members, $35 general public. At Atrium Kitchen, Pike Place Market. Purchase tickets in advance at MOHAI website.
Feb 23rd, 2017 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Museum open house and poetry reading with Peter Ludwin and Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall
The White River Valley Museum hosts Peter Ludwin, who will read from and sign his new book, "Gone to Gold Mountain," which tells in poetry the story of over 30 Chinese gold miners massacred in Hells Canyon on May 25, 1887, by a gang of Oregon horse thieves. Joining Ludwin will be Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who will read also. $5/adults, $2/children and seniors. Open house begins at 6 PM, program begins at 7 PM. No registration required but space is limited. The White River Valley Museum is located in Les Gove Park, 918 H Street SE, Auburn.
Feb 28th, 2017 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  AKCHO membership meeting - Railway Education Center
AKCHO members are invited to tour the the Northwest Railroad Museum's new Railway Education Center 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. Members of Savor Snoqualmie Valley, a tourism alliance built with heritage and arts support, will be attending as well. Brandon Claycomb, PhD. and founder of Refined Ideas Consulting, will lead a session titled “Being Strategic about Volunteer Engagement and Retention” The Railway Education Center is located at 9312 Stone Quarry Rd, Snoqualmie. 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: Visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov to plan your trip.