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EHC offers 7th grade curriculum on the lowering of Lake Washington
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In collaboration with the Bellevue School District, the Eastside Heritage Center has developed the Change Over Time curriculum to guide 7th grade students in an exploration of how the lowering of Lake Washington in 1916 (when the Lake Washington Ship Canal opened) had an impact on our region.

The activities introduce students to the study of maps and environmental history, and focus on specific people who lived in various places around Lake Washington, whose lives were affected by the lowering of the lake. Each person’s set of materials includes a brief biography, primary source documents, historic photographs, a map showing the shoreline before and after the lake was lowered, and suggested questions and activities, aimed at 7th-grade students.

A complete printed set of the curriculum materials is available to check out from the Eastside Heritage Center. For more information contact


WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
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Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Date for in-person workshop: 11/16/2017 (and see below for additional participation requirements) 

Register now for this FREE workshop, which will be taught by Gary L. Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington and WESTPAS 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. 

Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars before attending the Part 2 in-person, daylong workshop on November 16,  and completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)
Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery
Thursday, November 16 , 2017 from 9 AM – 4 PM at Odegaard Library on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.  

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

 *  Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
 *  Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
 *  Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
 *  Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
 *  Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

There is no charge to the institution, as funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pre-registration is required. Register online for the in-person session at – go to November 16 on the calendar and click on the date.

For additional registration assistance contact Wendy Cao.

For general & content information contact Gary Menges


Forward to school, and back into the past
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by Barbara McMichael, AKCHO

Instead of going back to school this year, high school students in the Tahoma School District in southeast King County are moving forward to school. On September 6, they’ll be walking through the doors of a brand new Tahoma Senior High School building, which has the distinction of being the largest high school in the State of Washington.

Despite all the technological bells and whistles that one might expect to find in such a building, those who planned for and designed the new facility also made sure to incorporate many reminders of the past. 

In the entrance hall, one side contains a wall with photo collages containing dozens of historical photos contributed by the Maple Valley Historical Society, the Black Diamond Historical Society, the Renton History Museum and others. Under a motto that urges students to “Honor the Past, Live the Present, Create the Future,” these images remind today’s young scholars that they are part of a continuum of students, schools and teams that have constituted the community’s educational system over the last 100-plus years. 

Woodworker Tom Ourada with his art piece, “Logjam”

On the other side of the hallway, a display case holds trophies and uniforms from past generations of Tahoma High School students. And a little further down the hall, two pieces of public art are on display that were created by former Tahoma High School students who graduated and went on to build successful creative careers. Artisan woodworker Tom Ourada, a THS 1987 grad, constructed a unique, multi-level, sculptural bench of inlaid wood. Titled “Logjam,” this intricate and highly polished artwork offers students a place to sit and gather along the school’s central staircase. And although professional artist Iris Scott, THS Class of 2002, now works out of a studio in Brooklyn and caters to a worldwide clientele, the large-scale painting she created of an intensely focused, charging bear honors the creature that has served as Tahoma High’s mascot for decades. 

Maple Valley Historical Society president Dick Peacock in the new THS cafeteria

As a comprehensive high school, Tahoma Senior High includes classrooms for everything from art to chemistry, literature, and math. It also serves students interested in vocational pursuits – farming, fabrication, auto mechanics and more. And in a nod to some of the vocations that predominated in the community in the past and that still shape the area’s infrastructure, one entire wall in the cafeteria is taken up by a photo of a steam locomotive crossing the trestle over the Cedar River and heading up to Maple Valley. 

All of the folks who contributed to the planning of Tahoma High School deserve recognition for the extraordinary effort that was invested in acknowledging the important connections to local history, while creating a welcoming place for the students of today.


UW schedules museology internship fair
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The University of Washington’s Graduate Museology Program has scheduled its annual Museology Internship Fair for Friday, October 27, 11 AM – 2 PM. The internship fair is a great opportunity to talk with Museology graduate students to share opportunities you have at your organization and ways that you can contribute to mentoring the next generation of museum professionals. You can sign up to be an exhibitor at the Internship Fair here

Also, with the start of Autumn quarter only a couple of weeks away, some of the students who are returning to the program may be looking for internship opportunities. If you have projects that you think would make for a great internship, you can send a copy of the posting to Dylan High, the Museology Program’s Student Experience Coordinator. If you are looking for what to include in an internship posting for Museology students, you can use the template or the internship posting form found on the UW Museology  website. All internship postings are sent out in a weekly student e-newsletter to current Museology students.



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