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Genealogy research workshop – personal research assistance
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South King County Geneaological Society
Date: 4/20/2018, 1-3:30 PM

Search the following websites for free: MyHeritage, Find My Past, Ancestry, Ancestral Quest and FamilySearch. Use the computers available at the Family History Center or bring your own laptop for access. Assistance will be provided by two experienced genealogists, Winona Laird and Lowell Tuttle. This workshop will be held at the Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12817 SE 256th Street, Kent. For more information, visit


Seattle Heritage Responders training
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Organizers: FAIC and SHERN 
Workshop dates: 5/10-11/2018 AND 11/1-2/2018 

Candidates are now being sought to participate in the Seattle Heritage Responders training funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Please note that this FREE training is only available to residents of Washington State. 

An online application form and additional information about the program are available here:  

This training, organized by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) in collaboration with Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN), will equip participants with the skills to respond to emergency in cultural centers, museums, libraries, special collections, archives, and historic sites in the greater Seattle area. 

Participants are required to:

  • Complete FEMA’s IS-100.B: Introduction to the Incident Command System (est. 3 hours)
  • Complete Connecting to Collection Care’s Disaster Planning Course (est. 7.5 hours)
  • Attend a two-day workshop on May 10-11 at the Seattle Art Museum (est. 16 hours)
  • Complete an 8-part webinar series on salvage techniques during summer 2018 (est. 8-12 hours)
  • Attend a two-day workshop on November 1-2 at the University of Washington (est. 16 hours)

The training will educate participants on a variety of topics, including:

  • Hazards present in the Seattle area
  • Incident Command System 
  • Health and Safety issues during and after a disaster
  • Emergency conservation techniques
  • Conducting facility damage assessments
  • Disaster recordkeeping

FAIC established the National Heritage Responders in 2007, and in the past 10 years over 100 volunteers have provided vital disaster services by phone, email, and in person. Recognizing that locally-based expertise is vital for longer-term response and recovery, FAIC is offering regional response team training in disaster-prone areas.

The Seattle Heritage Responders training will be based on curriculum used for the National Heritage Responders team, including damage assessment exercises and a disaster response scenario. 

On completion of the workshop and proof of compliance with the additional requirements, participants will receive a Seattle Heritage Responders ID badge and a team safety vest. Participants will be asked to make an effort to respond, when requested, to disasters that jeopardize Seattle’s art and cultural community.

Selection of participants will be made on a competitive basis.  Online application form and additional information about the program are available here:

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that advance the conservation profession nationally and internationally while promoting understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more about FAIC

If you have further questions, contact Stephanie Lamson, who chairs the Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network Chair in addition to serving as Director of Preservation Services at University of Washington Libraries – or 206-543-4890.



National History Day seeks local volunteers
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National History Day is in full swing and middle and high school students are publicly presenting historical research projects at eight regional History Day contests across the state. This year’s theme, Conflict and Compromise in History, asks students to reflect on how disputes and agreements have shaped the course of history. Projects range from the integration of professional baseball to women’s suffrage movements in Washington, the United States, and abroad. The students have developed projects in five categories: websites, documentaries, exhibits, performances, and papers. The winners of the regional contests will have the opportunity to incorporate critical feedback from judges, as they prepare for big the state contest on April 21st to be held at Green River College in Auburn

Washington’s History Day program is organized by the Washington State Historical Society, working with coordinators (typically history teachers) in each of eight regions, and is an affiliate of the National History Day program. Regional competitions are held during February and March, preceding the statewide competition in April.
All of the competitions depend on the help of volunteers to judge and provide student feedback. If you’re a history lover and you enjoy working with students, please consider giving some of your time and talents to this endeavor. Students and teachers will appreciate you! To find out about volunteering, read more on the WSHS website or contact Katie Demar-Aldrich at 253-798-5921 or


International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection conference
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International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection 
Dates: 10/13-17/2018

This year’s big event will be hosted by the Hearst Castle and California State Parks.  

The 2018 conference will include 2 days of pre-conference networking activities, and 2 1/2 days of all-new cultural property protection presentations, live exercises, group meals, nighttime activities, special industry exhibits, Hearst Castle tours, and more.

Early Bird Registration – $595 until Wednesday February 28, 2018. Second Tier Registration will be $645. Click here for more information.



National History Day 2018
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Right now, students across the state are diligently working on History Day projects ranging from papers to presentations and websites to documentaries. 
See their work at one of seven regional contests, held from late February through March. These events are full of energy and inspiration – for locations, times and dates, check here.
The state contest will be held Saturday, April 21, at Green River College in Auburn. 
History Day is a cherished annual opportunity for more than a thousand students across our state. The Historical Society is proud to be the coordinating agency. 
Judges and volunteers are needed at all levels; learn more about volunteering here, or email Katie DeMar-Aldrich, National History Day coordinator.



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AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; 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 support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

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