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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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Nov 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Free First Thursday - Day of the Dead at MOHAI
Explore the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Michoacán, the land of water! This full day of activities includes storytelling with children’s author Nora Girón-Dolce, hands-on art-making with a Michoacán Master Craftsman, and live performances of traditional music and dance featuring Bailadores de Bronce and the Ballard Civic Orchestra. Bring mementos of your loved ones to add to the community altar. This event is generously sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle. On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to the Museum of History & Industry's permanent exhibits is free all day long!
Nov 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Day of the Dead - MOHAI
Explore the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Michoacán, the land of water! This full day of activities includes storytelling with children’s author Nora Girón-Dolce, hands-on art-making with a Michoacán Master Craftsman, and live performances of traditional music and dance featuring Bailadores de Bronce and the Ballard Civic Orchestra. Bring mementos of your loved ones to add to the community altar. This event is generously sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle. On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI’s permanent exhibits is free all day long! Free admission includes: True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and the Bezos Center for Innovation. the Museum of History & Industry is located at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union
Nov 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  Day of the Dead Celebration - MOHAI
At the Museum of History & Industry explore the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Michoacán, the land of water! This full day of activities includes storytelling with children’s author Nora Girón-Dolce, hands-on art-making with a Michoacán Master Craftsman, and live performances of traditional music and dance featuring Bailadores de Bronce and the Ballard Civic Orchestra. Bring mementos of your loved ones to add to the community altar! This event is generously sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle. Free admission. www.mohai.org
Nov 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.
Nov 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal - Mercer Island Library
The challenge of getting Newcastle coal to Elliott Bay inspired early Seattleites to envision a canal connecting Lake Washington to Puget Sound but it would take 63 years for the vision to become reality. Join us to hear Jennifer Ott, Ott, co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal, share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal's construction and operation. In partnership with 4Culture and the Mercer Island Historical Society, at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Nov 2nd, 2017 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  Under Our Skin: What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race
Explore The Seattle Times' "Under Our Skin" video project around race and inclusiveness. Discussion will challenge assumptions and inspire participants to think and talk about issues of race in a deeper way and help build common ground. At the Renton Community Center, . Sponsored by the Renton History Museum, KCLS and the City of Renton.
Nov 3rd, 2017 (Fri)
  Words, Writers and West Seattle - Molly Ringle
Molly Ringle won the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with one (intentionally) terrible sentence. At this program she shares "The Goblins of Bellwater," a contemporary romance she's written that was inspired by Christina Rossetti's eerie, sensual poem "Goblin Market." At Barnes and Noble in Westwood Village, West Seattle - sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Nov 3rd, 2017 (Fri)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  MOHAI's 32nd Annual History Makers Gala
Toast a great year of history and celebrate our Educator of the Year, Clarence Acox. Proceeds from this special event support MOHAI's educational programming and scholarships, which empower young people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the past and connect with the future.
Nov 4th, 2017 (Sat) -- Nov 5th, 2017 (Sun)
  War Machine Weekend: Propaganda in a World at War - Museum of Flight
Aviation as a force of war since 1914 is examined from many perspectives all Nov. 4-5 weekend. The programs include aircraft tours, living history performances and music each day, with special lectures by artists, authors, veterans and museum curators. On Saturday Nov. 4, authors and historians look at World War I and II, and veterans of the Vietnam War meet in a panel discussion of the Vietnam experience from the perspective of air combat veterans. A ticketed evening reception and lecture will focus on propaganda of the Third Reich. Sunday Nov. 5's programs feature two artists' views of World War I, and the curators from several aviation, combat and undersea museums discuss the dilemmas of displaying military objects in public. All programs free with Museum admission (except Nov. 4 evening event). Exhibiting partners include Distinguished Flying Cross Society,Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Seattle Holocaust Center, Naval Undersea Museum, and Dogs on Deployment. Full details and schedule are online at www.museumofflight.org
Nov 4th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Saving and Restoring a Residential Landmark - the Henry Bittman Residence
Historic Seattle offers a case study in advocacy, rehabilitation and restoration of the home of architect Henry Bittman, built in Wallingford in 1914. Architect/architectural historian Marvin Anderson will discuss the house's history. He will be joined by art conservator Peter Malarkey who will explain the restoration process of the living room murals. Registration is $25 Historic Seattle members and $35 general public. At the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Room 202, Seattle. More information at www.historicseattle.org
Nov 4th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Bothell Historical Museum Fall Annual Membership Meeting
This annual business meeting is required to inform members what the Museum has accomplished this year. We will also have an election of members to the Board of Trustees. There is an open position on the board, and will open to nominations to fill that position. Margaret Turcott will present stories that did not make it into her new book “Images of America—Bothell.” Her presentation will be interactive and audience participation will be welcomed. In the Thorndike room at McMenamin's in Bothell.
Nov 4th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM
  Southwest Seattle Historical Society Champagne Gala Brunch
At Salty's on Alki, 1936 Harbor Avenue SW in West Seattle. Live auction and delicious food. Special guests Connie Thompson and Jack Miller. Tickets $125 at Brown Paper Tickets.
Nov 7th, 2017 (Tue)
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Progressive Dinner on First Hill - Historic Seattle
Enjoy an entertaining evening of excellent food and beverages prepared by a hotel, a restaurant and a private club that have been important fixtures of the First Hill community in Seattle for many years. Participants will begin at the Sorrento Hotel Fireside Lounge with wine and appetizers, move on to Vito's for salad, entree, and wine or beer, and finish up at the Women's University Club for coffee/tea and desserts. Historic Seattle makes all the arrangements and provides a slice of architectural and social history. Pre-register at www.historicseattle.org $100 Historic Seattle members, $120 general public
Nov 8th, 2017 (Wed)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Remembering the Songs Flute Concert with Gary Stroutsos - White River Valley Museum
In this solo flute concert and storytelling event, Gary Stroutsos provides a unique look at the musical traditions from Zuni, Navajo and Salish communities and the importance of songs to these people. Begin at 6 PM at the White River Valley Museum for a reception and viewing of Salish Modern. At 7 PM the concert begins across the way in Les Gove Park at the Auburn Community Center. $10 per person. www.wrvmuseum.org
Nov 9th, 2017 (Thu)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Washington at War: The Evergreen State in WWI -
One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington’s homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward. Led by historian Lorraine McConaghy, the program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater:” a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering. The script includes excerpts from newspapers, diaries, writings, speeches, and correspondence, and is based on extensive research in primary source material focused on the war’s impact on Washington—and how Washington impacted the war. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library, in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society and 4 Culture, at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Nov 10th, 2017 (Fri)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Cinderella Liberty - Movies Filmed in Seattle
In celebration of its 30-year anniversary, the Ballard Historical Society, in conjunction with Sunset Hill Community Association, is launching a film series devoted to "Movies Filmed in Seattle/Ballard, 1960s through 1980s.) The first movie in this series is Cinderella Liberty, starring James Caan and Marsha Mason - a lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty due to his service records being lost while in Seattle. Doors open at 6 PM, movie starts at approximately 6:45 PM. Bring dinner, or donate for a dinner of hot dogs, soup, chips, sweets and beer from Reuben's Brews. Plates, utensils and cups supplie.d Popcorn and lemonade for everyone. At the SHCA Clubhouse, 6003 NW 66th Street, Seattle. Donation: $5 for admission, $15 includes movie and meal.
Nov 11th, 2017 (Sat)
  Living Voices: Within the Silence - MOHAI
In 1942 Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 imprisoned thousands of loyal American families. Witness this silent chapter of our history and share in one Japanese American family’s fight to sustain faith in the country they love. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. Suitable for guests 10 years (4th grade) to adult. At the Museum of History & Industry. Free for MOHAI members / Included with museum admission for all others. Showings at 1 PM and at 2 PM. www.mohai.org
Nov 11th, 2017 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - Verona: The Story of the Everett Massacre
Documentary filmmaker Denise Ohio presents. This Speaker Series takes place at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond.
Nov 11th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Ancient Fruitcake - Issauah History Museums
Humanities Washington Speaker Program: The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory by Harriet Baskas. You will discover strange stories of food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and a jar of pickles from the 1860s. During this “chew and chat,” author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances. And, more importantly, we’ll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, culture, and history. The presentation is open to the public and is part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau program. Location: Issaquah Depot at 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah, WA 98027
Nov 11th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Veterans Day Ceremony - Des Moines Memorial Drive
The Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association and American Legion Post 134 will present a Veterans Day Ceremony at the World War I Memorial Wall in front of Sunnydale Elementary School, 15631 8th Avenue S, Burien, in remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. This is a free event. www.livingroadofremembrance.org
Nov 11th, 2017 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Veterans Day Cermeony - Saar Pioneer Cemetery.
You are invited to the annual Veteran's Day ceremony at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery in Kent on November 11th at 3pm. Cascade Foothills Chorale will sing and a flag ceremony will be performed by E Clampus Vitus and Kent Legion Post #15. The Cemetery is located at on South 212th Street next to the Valley Freeway (State Hwy 167) in what is now called the Kent Valley.
Nov 11th, 2017 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Honoring Our Own - Federal Way Veterans Day Observance
Honoring Our Own: Federal Way's Veteran's Day Observance Saturday, November 11, 3:00 to 5:00 pm Todd Beamer High School 35999 16th Avenue South, Federal Way, 98003 Veterans, their friends and family, and everyone in the community is invited to celebrate patriotism and show gratitude for the selflessness of military service at Federal Way's annual Veterans Day Observance, at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Avenue S, Federal Way. The keynote speaker will be Bill Knudsen. Knudsen lost his birth father in World War II when German guns shot down his plane over France, later inspiring Knudsen to honor other veterans by serving as a director of the Puget Sound Honor Flight. The PSHF funds transportation for our heroes on “One Last Mission,” a trip to Washington, DC, so they can visit and reflect at the memorials built in their honor. "Honoring Our Own" is free. On-site donations will be collected to benefit the William J. Wood Veterans House on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way (mschelps.org/getinvolved/vhp/), and donors are encouraged to donate cleaning supplies, travel-sized hygiene kits, adult-sized clothing, and other necessities (mschelps.org/getinvolved/donations/needslist/) Sponsored by the Historical Society of Federal Way and the Noon Kiwanis Club of Federal Way.
Nov 13th, 2017 (Mon)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  John Stamets "Portrait of a Market" exhibit opening
Join us at The Market Commons, 1901 Western Avenue, Seattle, for an open house and dedication of the late John Stamets’ stunning photographs depicting life in Market thirty years ago. Originally published in 1987 in Stamets’ acclaimed book, Portrait of a Market, the large-format photographs have been fully restored from the original negatives. The Portrait of a Market photos were originally exhibited at last summer’s Pike Place Market 110th Anniversary Celebration. The archival prints will be permanently housed as part of a rotating display at The Market Commons. The open house is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit dedication will be followed by the Friends of the Market Annual Meeting at The Pink Door from 5:15 until 6:45 PM. Everyone is welcome! This event is hosted by the Pike Place Market Foundation, Friends of the Market, the Pike Place Market, King Conservation District and the Stamets Family.
Nov 14th, 2017 (Tue)
  Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards Dinner
This year's Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards celebration dinner will be held at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. It's sure to be a festive and memorable evening as we salute the important work of our state's generative arts and heritage organizations and individuals. We hope you'll make plans to join us. Tickets will go on sale August 25th at 2017GAHA.brownpapertickets.com. There will be more information on this year's recipients, special guests, speakers, and entertainers on the ArtsWA website and Facebook page in early September.
Nov 15th, 2017 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Cafe - Ghosts of Seattle Past
Seattle has always been a boom town, shaped as much by the gold rush of the 19th century as by the explosion of the tech industry today. Join editor Cali Kopczick and artist Shelly Leavens as they discuss their anthology Ghosts of Seattle Past which seeks to reconstruct community hubs lost to growth through essays, interviews, photography, and comics. Bring your own stories of Seattle’s long-gone places to be mapped and remembered. This conversation takes place in the South Lake Café at the Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Avenue North, (at the south end of Seattle's Lake Union). Copies of "Ghosts of Seattle Past" will be available for purchase in MOHAI's museum store and the authors will be available for book signing. Cali Kopczick is an editor at Chin Music Press and the production manager and story editor of the documentary Where the House Was. Formerly, she was an assistant director of the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. Her writing is out or forthcoming with The Offing, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Bone Bouquet, and others. Shelly Leavens is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, curator, and oral historian. She has curated exhibitions at the Kirkland Arts Center, Gage Academy of Art, and the Museum of Northwest Art among others and taught at the University of Washington Museum Studies Certificate Program and numerous Oral History workshops in the Puget Sound region. Limited number of FM system and neck loop Assistive Listening Devices are available for this program. To reserve an ALS, please contact the Public Programs Department at [masked].
Nov 15th, 2017 (Wed)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  History Cafe: Ghosts of Seattle Past
Seattle is a boom town, shaped as much by the gold rush of the 19th century as by the explosion of the tech industry today. Editor Cali Kopczick and artist Shelly Leavens will discuss their anthology Ghosts of Seattle Past, which seeks to reconstruct community hubs lost to growth through essays, interviews, photography, and comics. Bring your own stories of Seattle’s long-gone places to be mapped and remembered! Copies of Ghosts of Seattle Past will be available for purchase at the MOHAI Store and the authors will be available for book signing. At the South Lake Cafe in the Museum of History & Industry. www.mohai.org
Nov 16th, 2017 (Thu)
  WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Register in advance for this FREE workshop, which will be taught by Gary L. Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington and WESTPAS (Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service) trainer. AKCHO is proud to co-sponsor this workshop, along with WESTPAS, The Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN), and The University of Washington Libraries. Date for in-person workshop: 11/16/2017 - and for additional participation requirements (which must be completed in advance), learn more at www.akcho.org
Nov 17th, 2017 (Fri) -- Nov 18th, 2017 (Sat)
7:00 PM - 8:00 AM
  Overnight at the Museum - Great Expeditions
Kids ages 7 – 12 will love this activity packed overnight adventure in the White River Valley Museum with games, scavenger hunts, crafts and more! $35 per child. www.wrvmuseum.org
Nov 17th, 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Third Friday Speaker: Setting the World’s Outboard Speed Record in a Northwest Wooden Boat
Bob Wartinger, has well over 130 boat racing speed records to his credit, but his World’s Outboard Speed Record is the pinnacle of outboard racing. He will tell us the story of how it was done. In the Boathouse Gallery at The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle. Free to attend but donations always appreciated.
Nov 18th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  World War I Readers' Theatre
One hundred years ago in 1917, the United States entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington’s homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward. Led by historian Lorraine McConaghy, this program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater:” a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering. The script includes excerpts from newspapers, diaries, writings, speeches, and correspondence, and is based on extensive research in primary source material focused on the war’s impact on Washington—and how Washington impacted the war. The reading covers the period between the successful Prohibition referendum in 1914 through Seattle’s General Strike and President Woodrow Wilson’s visit to Washington in 1919. Learn about and discuss this dramatic period of immigration, wartime industrialization, women’s rights, social change, radical labor, epidemic disease, and worldwide turmoil. This free, participatory program will take place at the Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien. It is being presented by the Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association, the Burien Library, Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I.
Nov 18th, 2017 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Weaving Coast Salish Traditions
Join Pamela Chelalakem Bond, a Snohomish traditional story teller and protocol keeper of cedar weaving and regalia, songs, dances, drum making, and an ethnobotanical medicines teacher. Pam will lead everyone in making a cedar angels and share Coast Salish songs and stories. This event is suitable for all ages. At the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue S. Museum admission is $5/adults, $2/students and children.
Nov 18th, 2017 (Sat)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  Southwest Seattle Historical Society Annual Meeting
The public is welcome to come to the Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW in West Seattle) for the SWSHS's 2017 Annual Meeting. Current members of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society will vote on certain issues such-as new Board Member appointments, etc., and all will enjoy our planned program for the day. Space is limited—RSVP here: bit.ly The meeting will include a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the SWSHS's “Log House Museum.” The museum first opened on Nov. 13, 1997 and has been going strong ever since! The event’s speakers include: • Marcy Johnsen, former board president, who will talk about her having grown up in the log building from 1959 to 1973. •Clay Eals, former board president and executive director, who will speak about our campaign in 1994 to secure Alki voter approval of $200,000 for our organization to purchase the building as part of a Metro mitigation project. • Carol Vincent, former board president, who will address the successful campaign to raise $875,000 in 1995-1997 to restore the building and before it could open as a museum. • Brad Chrisman, former board vice-president, who will detail the museum's first exhibit, “Alki: Coney Island of the West.”
Nov 18th, 2017 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Jack Straw Writers Group Reading
All twelve of the writers who participated in the 2017 Jack Straw Writers Program will read at the downtown Seattle Public Library, with the ever-delightful Jourdan Imani Keith presiding. This is probably your only opportunity to see this brilliant group of writers in the same place at the same time. www.jackstraw.org
Nov 18th, 2017 (Sat)
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Densho Dinner
Densho sponsors this evening in order to hear from a younger generation of thought leaders including civil rights scholar Megan Ming Francis and filmmaker/activist Tani Ikeda. The evening begins with a sushi and sake reception, followed by a sit-down dinner and program, live and silent auctions, and then coffee and cookies. At the Seattle Design Center. Tickets $125 - available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Nov 19th, 2017 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest - Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society Annual Meeting
For its Annual Meeting, the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society hosts Linda Carlson, author of "Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest." This meeting will be held at the North Bend branch of the King County Library. The public is invited. Free admission.
Nov 25th, 2017 (Sat) -- Nov 26th, 2017 (Sun)
  Santa Train - Northwest Railway Museum
Families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child. Tickets may be purchased online (www.trainmuseum.org) beginning on August 7th! Tickets may be purchased in person at the Snoqualmie Depot beginning in September (38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. Tickets are $26 per person for everyone ages 2 & older. There are seven hourly departures to choose from 9am to 3pm. Purchasing tickets early is recommended to help assure your preferred choice of date and time as tickets sell out every year.
Nov 25th, 2017 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Greet the Season - Lake Union Park
Kick off the holiday season and celebrate community at Greet the Season in Lake Union Park. Join MOHAI, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Historic Ships Wharf for a day filled with music, dance workshops, and family-friendly crafts. Eight hours of free live music aboard the Virginia V, including Strikes A Bell, William Pint & Felicia Dale, Common Ground Choir Academy, The Whateverly Brothers, Bellevue Youth Choirs, Tania Opland & Mike Freeman, Marek Skoczylas. This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. For more information: maritimefolknet.org In addition to the festive activities, the MOHAI Store will be offering a 10% discount on purchases to the general public and a 20% discount to MOHAI members and volunteers. Bring a pair of new socks to donate to a local homeless shelter, Immanuel Community Services, and receive $2 off same-day regular-price MOHAI admission! As a holiday treat, visit MOHAI’s popular miniature Hammons House during Greet the Season: From 1–3 pm, join MOHAI’s Collection Manager Betsy Bruemmer and special guest Robert Sondheim, caretaker of the Hammons House for many years, as they offer special insight and information about this exquisite miniature mansion.
Nov 25th, 2017 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Santa Trolley and Play Date - Issaquah Depot
Join jolly Old Saint Nick for a ride on the Issaquah Valley Trolley on Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Passengers are encouraged to bring their cameras to photograph young riders as they tell Santa their hopes and dreams for the holiday season. While the trolley is running outside, inside the Depot, staff and volunteers will host a Depot Play Date. Children will have the opportunity to recreate and decorate holiday ornaments based on Depression-era ornaments from the IHM collections. Trolley riders board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. The $5 ticket includes admission to the Issaquah Depot Museum, the Gilman Town Hall Museum and historic jail, and the ride-along with Santa on the #519 car. Children five years of age and younger ride free as do IHM members. There is no additional cost for the Play Date. This is the last chance to ride the vintage trolley in 2017. The trolley travels up and down the one-mile of track between the Historic Issaquah Depot and Gilman Blvd.
Nov 26th, 2017 (Sun)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Santa Trolley and Play Date - Issaquah Depot
Join jolly Old Saint Nick for a ride on the Issaquah Valley Trolley on Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Passengers are encouraged to bring their cameras to photograph young riders as they tell Santa their hopes and dreams for the holiday season. While the trolley is running outside, inside the Depot, staff and volunteers will host a Depot Play Date. Children will have the opportunity to recreate and decorate holiday ornaments based on Depression-era ornaments from the IHM collections. Trolley riders board at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah. The $5 ticket includes admission to the Issaquah Depot Museum, the Gilman Town Hall Museum and historic jail, and the ride-along with Santa on the #519 car. Children five years of age and younger ride free as do IHM members. There is no additional cost for the Play Date. This is the last chance to ride the vintage trolley in 2017. The trolley travels up and down the one-mile of track between the Historic Issaquah Depot and Gilman Blvd.
Nov 27th, 2017 (Mon)
10:00 AM
  Decorating for Christmas - Bothell Historical Museum
Volunteers are needed to decorate the Bothell Historical Museum buildings and the interior of the Hannan House. Bring greens if you have them! This is in the Park at Bothell Landing. www.bothellhistoricalmuseum.org
Nov 28th, 2017 (Tue)
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  AKCHO Membership Meeting - Treasuring Oral Histories
If you’ve got 150 oral interviews and transcripts collected since the 1970s you’ve learned some lessons along the way about how to create and share those stories. Renton History Museum has done just that and is now working on new strategies for collecting oral histories representative of their diverse community, including taking over the “Storytelling Tent” at the city’s annual Multicultural Festival. Public Engagement Coordinator Kim Owens and Museum Director Liz Stewart will review those lessons learned at AKCHO’s next member meeting on Nov. 28. We hope to have a wide-ranging conversation about collecting and sharing oral histories, so please bring along your own examples for a roundtable discussion. Renton History Museum received a 4Culture grant to digitize its oral history cassette tapes in 2012 and staff have also processed and transcribed most of the collection. Recordings include an audio tour of coal mines with a former miner, and rare recordings of Duwamish songs by Joe Moses, grandson of Chief William, in 1942. Other interviews include reflections on the explosion of Renton’s population during World War II. One gem is the memory that Sherman tanks built at PACCAR were supposed to be a war secret, and yet they routinely tested them on the hill above Renton’s Greenwood Cemetery! Driving Directions: From the North: Take Exit #4 from I-405 South, to Sunset Boulevard Northeast. Turn right on Bronson Way North, and get into the far left lane before it crosses the Cedar River. After crossing the river, turn left onto Mill Avenue South. Proceed two blocks to the Museum on the right. From the South: Take Exit #2 from I-405 North. At the traffic light turn right on Grady Way and proceed until the street turns left on Main. Proceed on Main, getting into the left hand lane until it crosses the railroad tracks and intersects with Third. As the street curves, the Museum is on the left. Parking: Regular parking is at the 200 Mill Lot; use the crosswalk toward 2nd Street to cross Mill Avenue. Limited and handicapped parking spaces are available directly in front of and behind the Museum. Hosted by the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. Phone: 425-255-2330.