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AKCHO seeks new board members
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The AKCHO Board has open positions to fill. The Board meets monthly on the first Monday of the month from 9:30 – 11 AM on the Bellevue College campus. The main focus areas of the Board are professional development, centralized resources, and advocacy. The Board also produces two annual events: the Annual Membership Meeting and the AKCHO Awards evening. We welcome potential candidates with a variety of skill sets from all around King County. A particular need is for individuals who have experience in accounting and performing audits. For more information, please contact Alice Stenstrom,


Exhibit Award – Service Ink: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories
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Curator Hilary Pittenger accepts the Exhibit Award on behalf of the White River Valley Museum

Curator Hilary Pittenger accepts the Exhibit Award on behalf of the White River Valley Museum

The White River Valley Museum was awarded with AKCHO’s 2016 Exhibit Award for its extraordinary exhibit that focused on service-related tattoos. “Service Ink” honored area veterans by providing a setting for appreciation and discussion, and a format to celebrate the vigor and storytelling inherent in the art of tattooing.

 The Museum put out a call for submissions of tattoos and their stories from active or veteran members of the military, their friends and families. This resulted in 40 entries, which were developed into striking portraits of 40 individuals and their tattoos with short essays about the meaning of the tattoos. These panels created a beautiful and thought-provoking display. 

Some of the tattoos honored a loved one killed in service. Some were a diary of lives spent in service. Some documented issues of violence in the service or sexual harassment. All told powerful stories, especially considering the life-long commitment that wearing a tattoo implies. All of the people participating in the exhibit lived in Washington state, and many of them were from South King County. 

According to Patricia Cosgrove, the Executive Director of the White River Valley Museum, “The whole idea was to give people a voice about their military experience, and give the rest of us a look into their lives, which are so different – and to use the art of tattoo as a device for that storytelling.”  

A well-attended Open House was held to view the exhibit before the 50th Anniversary of the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on November 7, 2015. White River Valley Museum produces several temporary exhibits each year – all are unique, some look outside the history box, and all speak to different members of the Museum’s diverse South King County population.  

This exhibit was organized with the assistance of the Green River Community College Office of Veterans Affairs, the Auburn VFW Post 1471, the American Legion, and the City of Auburn’s Veterans and Human Services Division.


Aviation Pavilion set to open in June
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Photo by Ted Huetter, Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight will celebrate the opening of its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion on June 25-26. The grand opening weekend for the roofed outdoor gallery will include live music and entertainment, airline-inspired fashion shows, swag bags for the first 500 visitors every day, refreshments, and performances by aerial artists dangling from the rafters. 
The airliner exhibit will include the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 727, 737 and 747 jets, the first jet Air Force One, the extremely rare Boeing 247D and Douglas DC-2 airliners from the 1930s, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The military line-up will include three big bombers–World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress, and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet; plus jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf.



KC Archives has new search site
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KCArchivesThe King County Archives announces the release of its new collection search site:  From work, home, library, or via mobile device, now anyone can research the Archives’ collection, with over 200,000 records in the database.  Users can bookmark items of interest and use the site to request a research appointment. The Archives is also in the early stages of making some of its rich photographic collection directly available through the site. At present, more than 1,000 scanned historical photographs are available for download, with many more on the way.   

The online collection search furthers Archives ability to serve the public, enabling more access to King County records.

“The historical records of King County government are the people’s records,” said King County Archivist Carol Shenk. “They tell the story not just of King County agencies and officials, but of our region’s cultural, economic, political, and natural histories. This new search tool allows people to discover what is in the collection at their convenience, before contacting us at the Archives, saving them time.”

As more scanned photos and records are posted by Archives staff, researchers will have immediate access to more and more of the collection as the database grows.

King County Archives houses more than 20,000 cubic feet of historical records that document the history of King County government and the region from 1853 to the present.  County functions represented include elections, economic development, community planning, public health, law enforcement and criminal justice, transportation, environmental protection, civil rights and social justice, marriages, property history, parks and open space, King County Council legislation, County Executive policy, and more. Record formats in the collection run the gamut from 19th Century handwritten ledgers, to large-scale architectural drawings, to audio and video recordings, to photographs, and to an increasing number of digital records.

Original historical records in the collection are available to the public for viewing at the Archives by appointment only. To learn more about the King County Archives and to see online historical exhibits, visit



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

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

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

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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