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If you have an idea for a workshop, lecture, skill-building session, or program that will bring needed information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches into the King County heritage field? These funds can help you develop, promote, and execute professional development opportunities.

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Opportunity for costume collections in need of professional attention

Angels Project volunteers working last year at the Lincoln County Historical Association Museum in Maine. Photo courtesy of Connie Frisbee Houde.

Costume Society of America
Application deadline: 7/1/2018

In 2019, the Costume Society of America will hold its national meeting at the Westin Seattle Hotel from April 15-22, and as a service project the organization will be offering its professional expertise to an institution that has a tangible costume collection and is located within a 45 minute drive of downtown Seattle. The CSA’s Angels Project has been in operation for 13 years, and you can learn more about some of the previous projects here

The CSA is a professional organization that advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance and works to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of dress. The CSA Angels Project is a one-day service event held near the site of the organization’s national symposium. In the Seattle area, the Angels Project will take place on April 16, 2019. During the event, CSA members provide conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to a tangible costume collection at a small institution. In addition, training in collections care is given to staff and volunteers. 

This golden opportunity will be awarded to one qualified small museum, historic home or other suitable site in the Seattle area. To be considered, an institution must submit a grant application by July 1, 2018.

The most popular format chosen by previously chosen site’s staff for their Angels Project has been to process costume, textiles and/or accessories for storage. The artifacts are photographed, vacuumed, labeled, artifact descriptions written, and objects rehoused for storage but other projects needed by the institution can be undertaken. In 2008 CSA Angels worked at Jackson Barracks Military Museum in the lower ninth ward, New Orleans, Louisiana where the physical building of the museum had been swept away by the power surge after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. After the power surge all of the clothing artifacts were found outdoors in the mud. Angels cleaned hundreds of items, started new documentation including photography, created padded hangers, built temporary hanging storage and completed simple textile conservation treatments. In 2014 at another site mannequins were altered to fit costumes slated for exhibition while in Cleveland during 2016 textile conservators guided other Angels to treat fur garments which had a mold problem. Each workday is designed by the site staff and the Angels Project leadership to meet the needs of the institution.

The CSA Angels Project also works to provide storage supplies, other supplies and equipment for the chosen site. The Angels Project contacts museum supply businesses requesting donations needed by the location and companies have been very responsive. After it is determined what goods have been given, the Angels Project purchases some other needed supplies and equipment. All is sent to the institution at no cost to the site. Vacuum cleaners, cameras, shelving, safes, exhibition supplies, heaters have been purchased and provided at different years as requested by the institution.

To learn more about the CSA and to apply for the Angels Project opportunity, click here and scroll down to the bottom of that page to find the 2019 application.) Questions can be directed to Martha Winslow Grimm, Costume and Textile Conservator and Co-chair of the 2019 Angels Project at or 602-996-1296. 


Preservation Special Projects funding

Application deadline: 2/28/2018, 5 PM

Preservation Special Projects funds the activities that are the building blocks of preserving our historic buildings and spaces in King County: neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, building assessments, planning projects, hiring experts, advocacy efforts, and more. To learn more about this opportunity and funding requirements, click here.

To get help with your application, plan to attend one of the following workshops:

Jan 18, 12 PM – 4Culture Office
Jan 24, 12 PM – Valley View Library [SeaTac]
Jan 31, 12 PM – Lake Forest Park Library
Feb 1, 12 PM – 4Culture Office
Feb 7, 12 PM – Issaquah Library
Feb 14, 12 PM – Auburn Library
Feb 15, 12 PM – 4Culture Office

For more information, contact Brandi Link, or 206-263-1593.


4Culture Heritage Projects funding

Deadline: 3/7/2018, 5 PM

As historians and researchers in King County work to uncover our region’s history, we learn more about where we come from and where we can go. Through Heritage Projects, 4Culture supports the people and organizations in King County who are making history relevant and provocative through exhibits, publications, oral histories, and more.

For more information, click here.  If you have questions, contact 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter, 206-263-1586 or



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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.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

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More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!


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