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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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Apr 1st, 2018 (Sun)
11:00 AM
  Northwest Railway Museum train rides begin for the 2018 season
Round- trip excursions are two hours long and begin on Saturday, April 1st – no joke! The train will be running each Saturday and Sunday through October*, the Northwest Railway Museum offers scenic rides through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Visitors explore train cars, exhibits, and a Victorian-era depot while following in the footsteps of more than 1 million travellers who have passed through its doors since 1890. They also experience travel before the age of Interstate highways while seeing, riding and feeling the excitement of a working railroad with all of its bells and whistles. Passengers board the train in Snoqualmie, 38625 SE King Street, beginning at 11:00 AM, or in North Bend, 205 E. McClellan Street beginning at 11:30 AM. Admission is: $10 children, $16 seniors, $20 adults, under 2 ride free. For more info call (425) 888-3030 or visit www.TrainMuseum.org.
Apr 4th, 2018 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Landmarks Capital - Renton
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At the Renton Library, 100 Mill Avenue S, Renton.
Apr 5th, 2018 (Thu)
  Suffer for Beauty - curator led tour - White River Valley Museum
With exhibit co-curator Dr. Michelle Marshman. Free - no registration required, but space is limited. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn. www.wrvmuseum.org
Apr 5th, 2018 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Curator's Talk: Black and White - Renton History Museum
Why this "Black and White" exhibit? How are national and international fashion trends expressed in Rentonites' clothing? Join curators Sarah Samson and Kim Owens to learn more about the pieces that made it into the exhibit, and those that didn't. The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. Program is free with Museum admission, which is $5/adults and $2/elementary through high school students.
Apr 5th, 2018 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Late Play Date - White River Valley Museum
On the first Thursday of every month drop-in for FREE admission and themed activities perfect for families with children 3-12 years of age, no registration required. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE on Auburn's Les Gove Campus.
Apr 5th, 2018 (Thu)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Cultural Equipment and Landmarks Capital - Seattle
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At 4Culture's offices at 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle.
Apr 7th, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Redmond Walking Tour
Led by lifelong Eastside resident Tom Hitzroth, tours wind through Redmond's historic downtown district. They include a significant amount of walking and standing, with limited opportunity for resting. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing recommended. Pre-register by calling the Redmond Historical Society at 425-885-2919 There is a suggested donation of $10/person with a limit of 10 people per group. The tour begins across the street from the Hotel Redmond (Jensen/Fey Architects) at 7730 NE 76thy Street, Redmond.
Apr 9th, 2018 (Mon)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Cultural Equipment - Black Diamond
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond.
Apr 10th, 2018 (Tue)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Landmarks Capital - Kenmore
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At the Kenmore Library, 6531 NE 181st Street, Kenmore.
Apr 12th, 2018 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  Words, Writers & West Seattle: Beneath Haunted Waters
Come to the Southwest Branch of Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, for this tale of waters in the High Sierra haunted by generations of people who can't forget the story of how two B-24 Liberator bombers disappeared in 1943 and what happened to the boys on board. During World War II the USA lost 7,100 combat aircraft and 5,300 trainers, along with 15,530 pilots, crew members, and ground personnel in over 52,000 domestic accidents. Between 1942-1945, US aviation losses to accidents (12,400) exceeded combat losses (4,500) to the Japanese. For every plane shot down in the South Pacific there were three lost to accidents within the United States. While memoirs of those who served, histories of military and political leaders, and books about combat abound, very little has been written about the terrible toll of aviation training accidents during the war. "Beneath Haunted Waters: The Tragic Tale of Two B-24s Lost in the Sierra Nevada Mountains During World War II" tells this unknown and unappreciated story. Author Peter Stekel — An award-winning writer specializing in World War II aviation history of the Sierra Nevada, Peter Stekel grew up in Southern California and has been hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering in the Sierra since he was twelve years old. It was during one of these trips to the High Sierra that Peter Stekel initially heard the story of the Hester Lake B-24 bomber lost in 1943. It had been only five years since the Liberator’s discovery in Hester Lake and it was still possible to meet people in the backcountry who had known or encountered Clinton Hester during the search for his son’s missing aircraft. This program is made possible by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Apr 12th, 2018 (Thu)
11:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Landmarks Capital - Carnation
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At the Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Avenue, Carnation.
Apr 13th, 2018 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Dockside Chantey Sing
Singing sea chanteys on board the SS VIRGINIA V are one of life’s great pleasures! This wonderful group organized by the Northwest Seaport will charm you with their enthusiasm and knowledge. Free to attend, donations requested. Itinerary: 8:00 pm – Vessel Opens 10:00 pm – Vessel Closes More information: nwseaport.org
Apr 14th, 2018 (Sat) -- Apr 15th, 2018 (Sun)
  International Children's Friendship Festival
ICFF is run by children and features performances by children, highlighting their ethnic heritages through music, folk dances, visual arts, and a variety of creative activities. The children celebrate their international friendship through experiencing the rich tapestry of the world’s cultures. Learn how you and your children and your organization can be involved. The Festival is free and it takes place at Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center. More information at childrensfest.tacawa.org
Apr 14th, 2018 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  CWB Volunteer Orientation
Learn about volunteer opportunities at The Center for Wooden Boats, and the perks that come with service! There's something for everyone. At The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle.
Apr 14th, 2018 (Sat)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series - Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and the Ship Canal
Jennifer Ott, local historian and assistant director of HistoryLink.org, presents. Find out what drove Seattle's civic leaders to pursue the dream of a Lake Washington Ship Canal for more than sixty years and what role it has played in the region's development over the past century. Historian Jennifer Ott, co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal, will explore how industry, transportation, and the very character of the city and surrounding region developed in response to the economic and environmental changes brought by Seattle's canal and locks.This Speaker Series takes place at Emerald Heights, 10901 176th Circle NE, Redmond. $5 suggestion donation for folks who are not members of the Redmond Historical Society.
Apr 14th, 2018 (Sat)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Wine Train
Enjoy wine tasting from Snoqualmie Valley wines and snacks, riding between tasting sites. Take home a souvenir wine glass! This is a 21+ event. - $35/person ($40 after 3/14). Pre-order tickets at www.trainmuseum.org
Apr 15th, 2018 (Sun)
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  Whiskey, Wiretapping and the Sensational Arrest of the Northwest's Rumrunning King - Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Come to the Southwest Branch of Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, for this tale of waters in Attorney, filmmaker, and founder The Good Bootlegger’s Guild, speaker Steve Edmiston will discuss the life and times of Roy Olmstead, the infamous Woodmont Dock raid, Olmstead’s trials, a little black book, and the famous U.S. Supreme Court wiretapping decision in Olmstead v. U.S. Former Seattle police officer, Roy Olmstead, having made the rank of Lieutenant in 1917, joined the “Dry Squad” during the early days leading up to prohibition. Quickly he noticed that, despite ineptness and lack of organization, the bootleggers had lots of money. Olmstead reasoned unlimited source of liquor in British Columbia, plus untapped market for booze in Seattle, equals profitable business opportunity. Initially caught in 1920, Olmstead was removed from the police force, giving him the opportunity to pursue his illegal enterprise full time. Quickly Olmstead rose to the level of transporting 200 or more cases of Canadian whiskey per day, grossing $200,000 per month, which was the modern equivalent of about $35-million per year. Despite the hazards the operation, Olmstead still did not allow his employees to carry guns. He told his men he would rather lose a shipment of liquor than a life. This led to the nickname, “The Good Bootlegger.” Please consider coming to this very entertaining talk!
Apr 17th, 2018 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  Hello 4Culture
Applying for a grant? Interested in some of 4Culture's initiatives? 4Culture staff members from all four of our departments—arts, heritage, preservation, and public art—will be on hand to hear your questions, ideas, frustrations, plans, and more. Check out what opportunities we have open ahead of time, or just drop in and ask! February 20 - Glover Empower Mentoring (GEM), 827 N Central Ave, Suite B-109, Kent March 20 -Kenmore Town Square, 6728 NE 181st Street, Kenmore Apri 17 - Sammamish May 15 - Auburn June 19 - Renton September 18 - Redmond October 16 - Black Diamond Specific location information will be updated as it is confirmed.
Apr 17th, 2018 (Tue)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Cultural Equipment - Shoreline
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At the Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Avenue N, Shoreline.
Apr 18th, 2018 (Wed)
  History Cafe - Cows in the City
Come aboard the historic Virginia V steamship -- docked directly behind MOHAI -- for this month's History Cafe, as historian Frederick L. Brown explores the hidden history of Seattle's animal past, with a special emphasis on cows in the city. As always, the event is free and open to the public.
Apr 18th, 2018 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Landmarks Capital - Seattle
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At 4Culture's offices at 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle.
Apr 18th, 2018 (Wed)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  Birds of Riverbend Park - Soos Creek Botanical Garden Red Barn Program
Julene Bailie presents slides showing the eagles of Riverbend Park as their eaglets hatch and learn to soar. Bring your lunch and join us! The Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center is located at 29308 132nd Avenue SE, Auburn. This program is free.
Apr 19th, 2018 (Thu)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Landmarks Capital - Federal Way
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At the Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way.
Apr 19th, 2018 (Thu)
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Volunteer Awards Night - Issaquah Depot Museum
More than 75 volunteers assist the small staff of Issaquah History Museums to staff the museums, keep the trolley on the tracks, care for collections, perform maintenance, and so much more! We would not be able to fulfill our mission without volunteers. Join us for food, fun, live music, door prizes, and a chance to celebrate the folks who make it possible for IHM to discover, preserve, and share the history and heritage of Issaquah. At Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Avenue NE in Issaquah. Free, but please RSVP. www.issaquahhistory.org
Apr 20th, 2018 (Fri)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  SKCGS genealogy research workshop
Search the following websites for free: MyHeritage, Find My Past, Ancestry, Ancestral Quest and FamilySearch. Use the computers available at the Family History Center, Church of Latter Day Saints, 12817 SE 256th Street, Kent, or bring your own laptop for access. Assistance will be provided by two experienced genealogists, Winona Laird and Lowell Tuttle. Sponsored by the South King County Genealogical Society.
Apr 20th, 2018 (Fri)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  CWB's Third Friday Speaker Series - Marty Locken on "Incurable"
Speaker Marty Locken will present: "INCURABLE: 75 Years as a Wooden Boat Junkie." This program is free, but donations are welcome. At the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle.
Apr 21st, 2018 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  Washington State History Day Competition
For months, students across our state have been pouring their thoughts and creativity into making websites, documentaries, exhibits, performances, and papers around the theme "Conflict and Compromise in History." This Saturday, hundreds of them will gather in Auburn to present at the State History Day contest. Those who score at the top will travel to Maryland and compete in the National History Day contest for prizes and recognition.
Apr 21st, 2018 (Sat)
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  The Value of Public Gardens in the Northwest
Co-sponsored by Historic Seattle and the Garden Conservancy Northwest Network. There are two lectures in the morning from 9:30-11:30 - Tanya De Marsh-Dodson will discuss the ties between public gardens and the social, economic, and cultural evolution of the areas in which they are located. Then Susan Dolan will offer an overview of some diverse historic gardens in the Pacific Northwest, highlighting the cultural values embodied in their preservation. Lunch is on your own from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, then visit a number of gardens in Seattle, Bellevue, and Shoreline on your own from 12:30-4:30 PM. (There will be an expert on hand at each one. Tentative plans include the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Kruckeberg Garden, Streissguth Garden and the Kay Bullitt Garden which is currently private property in the Harvard-Belmont District that will be donated to Seattle Parks and Recreation for the public at a future date. Begin in the morning at The Chapel Space, fourth floor of the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Seattle. Registration $40 general public.
Apr 21st, 2018 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  South King County Genealogical Society meeting - A Glimpse of the Washington State Archives
Midori Okazaki will introduce the Washington State Archives and its branches around the state. Special focus will be given to the Puget Sound Branch in Bellevue. There will be an overview of the collections held at the Puget Sound Branch and you will get tips on how to find material both in our physical locations and online at the Washington State Digital Archives. This meeting will be held at Wesley Lea Hill, 32049 109th Place SE, Auburn.For more Information the South King County Genealogical Society, visit www.SKCGS.org
Apr 21st, 2018 (Sat)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  SKCGS beginner genealogy class in military and land records
Learn about compiled military service records, official military service records, bounty land warrants and military pension files. For more Information about the South King County Genealogical Society, check their website at SKCGS.org. This class will take place at Wesley Lea Hill Theater, 2nd floor, 32049 109th Place SE, Auburn.
Apr 21st, 2018 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers
Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries. Thoughtful music selections and interesting historical tidbits reflect the evolution of these workers’ experiences. Held at Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Apr 21st, 2018 (Sat)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Farm-to-Table Dinner - Carnation Farms
Join Carnation Farms' culinary director Caprial Pence and new executive chef Tracey Crannell for a delicious farm-to-table dinner featuring local ingredients. Take in the stunning view form the dining center or - if the weather is pleasant - dining may take place in the garden. Dinner menu includes Bruschetta, House-made Ricotta, Herb & Chili Infused Honey, Sea Salt; Caramelized Shallot Bisque, Crispy Duck, Lemon Thyme, Creme Fraiche; Spring Greens Creamy Chive Dressing,Crispy Carrots & Leeks; Pasta Carbonara,Chitarra Cut Pasta, House-made Pancetta, Farm Eggs, Pea Shoots, Sorrel Puree; Individual Brulee Espresso Chocolate Cheesecakes and Cookies. We are happy to accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. $95 per person. To register, go to bit.ly
Apr 22nd, 2018 (Sun)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Redmond Walking Tour
Led by lifelong Eastside resident Tom Hitzroth, tours wind through Redmond's historic downtown district. They include a significant amount of walking and standing, with limited opportunity for resting. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing recommended. Pre-register by calling the Redmond Historical Society at 425-885-2919 There is a suggested donation of $10/person with a limit of 10 people per group. The tour begins across the street from the Hotel Redmond (Jensen/Fey Architects) at 7730 NE 76th Street, Redmond.
Apr 23rd, 2018 (Mon)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  SKCGS genealogy technology user group - introduction to Evernote
If not currently using Evernote for taking notes, learn ways to use in your personal life or for genealogical research, planning and reading. It is a cloud based service allowing access across multiple platforms – phones, tablets, ereaders, laptops and computers. For more Information about the South King County Genealogical Society, check our website at SKCGS.org. This free workshop takes place at the Covington Library, 27100 164th Avenue SE, Covington.
Apr 23rd, 2018 (Mon)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Cultural Equipment - Bellevue
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At Newport Way Library, 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue.
Apr 24th, 2018 (Tue)
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  AKCHO Annual Awards Program
Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our peers in King County's heritage community! At the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle. This event will be free, but your RSVP is requested - more details coming soon!
Apr 25th, 2018 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  4Culture funding workshop - Landmarks Capital - Seattle
Get feedback on your grant application before you apply! At 4Culture's offices at 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle.
Apr 25th, 2018 (Wed)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  You've Come a Long Way - White River Valley Museum
Historical, educational and hysterical – one costumed woman tells you like it WAS. Historic re-enactor Tames Alan takes guests on a one-woman romp through some of the most important years in women’s history, 1912-1927. This whirlwind perofrmance includes four wardrobe changes and a lot of laughs for a night that should not be missed. Pre-registration required - $20/person. Call 253-288-7433. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn.
Apr 28th, 2018 (Sat)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr. - The Ghost's Grave - Black Diamond Museum
Read the book, then come discuss it where history comes to life! The Book: The Ghost’s Grave by Peg Kehret Twelve-year-old Josh expects a summer spent in Carbon City, Washington with a great-aunt he has never met to be the dullest summer of his life. When he meets the ghost of a coal miner who wants Josh to dig up his leg bones and rebury them with the rest of his body, Josh begins to realize that the summer will be more exciting than he ever imagined. The Landmark: Black Diamond Museum, 32627 Railroad Avenue, Black Diamond, and the ghost town of Franklin. Enjoy the scavengers hunt in the Museum, locomotive, caboose, and mine display. Fill out a “hold harmless safety agreement” before caravanning by car to the 1880s coal mining Ghost town of Franklin. For ages 8 and older. Registration for this free program begins March 30 – call the Auburn Library at 253-931-3018. Children and the adults attending with them must register, as space is limited. Please place a copy of the book on hold through your library. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a one-mile hike up hill to the coal mine.
Apr 28th, 2018 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Revealing Women's History through Fashion - Renton History Museum
Please join Michelle Marshman, History Instructor at Green River College, for a visual tour of women's history in the 20th century as illustrated by changing women's fashions. We'll hear how political and social change, times of economic boom and bust, and changing ideas about women's roles, inform the clothing women wear. The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. More information at www.rentonhistory.org
Apr 28th, 2018 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Hands-On Day at the Shoreline History Museum
Hands-on days held the Fourth Saturday of each month. Please drop in from 11am to 3pm for fun, free projects for children ages 4 to 12. You always get to take home what you make! March 24 – Buzz-Saws – Spend a rainy day making and playing with this old-fashioned twist on the yo-yo April 28 – May Baskets – Make a traditional May basket just in time for May Day to surprise your friends and family! May 26 – Autograph Books – make a memory to keep!
Apr 28th, 2018 (Sat)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Behind the Garden Walls: Good Shepherd Center Garden Tour
Join lead gardener Tara Macdonald for a leisurely walk through the grounds of the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, to learn what was created by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and the visionary gardeners since then. Tour sponsored by Historic Seattle. $15/general public. More information at www.historicseattle.org
Apr 29th, 2018 (Sun)
4:00 PM - 7:00 AM
  Ethnic Heritage Council 2018 Annual Meeting Dinner and Awards
The Ethnic Heritage Council will be honoring Christine Anderson, Harvey Niebulski and Karoline Morrison at its annual meeting dinner (a scrumptious buffet of Norwegian specialties, with no-host bar) at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street, Seattle. Tickets are $45/person. Registration required - visit www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org