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AKCHO meetings being planned for 2018

AKCHO’s Annual Membership meeting will be held January 30 at the Museum of Flight. The morning meeting will include election of AKCHO’s newest board members, updates from the King County Historic Preservation Program and 4Culture, and a panel on “Curtis150/Beyond the Frame” – the joint effort being undertaken by many King County historical organizations in 2018 to reflect on the life and work of photographer Edward S. Curtis on the sesquicentennial of his birth. 

More details will be coming soon on this meeting, as well as on the AKCHO Awards program in April and regular membership meetings throughout the year, which are currently being booked by AKCHO Programs Chair Miguel Llanos. If your organization has an idea for a program and would like to host an AKCHO meeting in 2018, please contact Miguel at


October AKCHO meeting – The Pike Place Market Story: From Preservation to Expansion

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 10 AM – Noon
Host: Pike Place Market Foundation
Location: Pike Place Market Commons, 1901 Western Avenue, in Seattle’s Pike Place Market (see link below for map), with an entrance on Western Avenue (southeast corner of the building, behind the “ghost” tree)
Contact: 206-235-0026

The Pike Place Market Story: from Preservation to Expansion

After nearly being demolished in the 1960s, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is not only thriving but it just completed a $74 million expansion. Please join us for a history briefing and walking tour hosted by Friends of the Market. The market’s story is a fascinating one: instead of allowing the “urban-renewal-by-demolition” philosophy espoused by some at the time, architect Victor Steinbrueck and others created the Friends to “Keep the Market.” In 1971, Seattle voters approved a Market Historical District and placed its administration firmly under public control. Today the market is a Seattle icon and hosts 10 million visitors a year.

A constant challenge for the Friends is volunteer engagement, a topic AKCHO members are all too familiar with. We’ll explore as a group what others have been doing and share resources to attract and retain those valuable supporters.

Driving Directions:
Via I-5 North
: Take the Madison Street exit, #164, and turn left. Follow Madison Street to Western Avenue. Turn right onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for five blocks. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street.

Via I-5 South: Take the Denny Way/Stewart Street exit, #166. Follow Stewart Street to First Avenue. Turn right onto First Avenue. Two blocks north, turn left onto Lenora Street. Turn left onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for three blocks (passing Victor Steinbrueck Park on your right). The entrance to the Public Market Parking Garage is on the right side of the street.

Parking: Available in the Market Parking Garage, 1531 Western Avenue, and in the new MarketFront Garage, 1901 Western Avenue.  Both have elevators and handicapped accessibility to the meeting site.  They cost $4 an hour. For more info:

By Public Transit: Take Metro or Sound Transit Light Rail to the Market. Many Metro bus routes will drop you off near the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. And the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks away from the Market.


September AKCHO membership meeting – Lessons Learned from ‘Making the Cut’ Centennial Commemoration

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 10:30 AM – Noon
Host: Making the Cut
Location: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center, 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-783-7059

Few if any engineering projects in King County have had as big an impact as the lowering of Lake Washington when the US Army Corps of Engineers built the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. That was 100 years ago, and groups across King County, with financial support from 4Culture, have teamed up to mark the centennial with exhibits and events under the umbrella “Making the Cut.” 

Pulling all that together was no easy feat and a story in itself. Mikala Woodward and Susan Connole, who were the first to brainstorm a centennial, will talk about lessons learned and share some of the content that came out of the creative process, including Mikala’s video literally tracing (with chalk!) where Lake Washington was lowered from Genesee Park to Seward Park. Colleen Wagner of the Discovery Modelers Education Center will talk about the newly displayed model of the SS Roosevelt, the steamship that helped inaugurate the locks on July 4, 1917.

In addition, 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter will present the findings of the recent heritage survey that 4Culture undertook to identify needs and challenges of heritage organizations in King County.

Driving directions: From I-5 take the 45th Street exit and head west, 45th eventually becomes Market Street. At 29th NW, Market curves to the left and becomes NW 54th Street, the Locks are immediately ahead on the left. Pay parking ($2/hour) is available just north of the main entrance gate.

By bus: From downtown, take the RapidRide D Line to Ballard, then exit at 15th Avenue NW and NW Market Street and transfer to the 44 Ballard. Exit at 32nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street, walking south on 32nd. Turn left on NW 54th Street, walking one block east and then turning right on 30th Ave NW, and walking one block.


AKCHO membership meetings in the second half of 2017

We’re sorry to report that AKCHO’s June membership meeting, initially scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, has bumped up against a scheduling conflict, so  that meeting is being moved to September instead.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

There will be no meetings over the summer, but we will resume with the slate of meetings listed below: 

  • September 26, 10 AM: Ballard Locks – Lessons learned in planning the Lake Washington Ship Canal Centennial
  • October 31: Friends of the Market – The Pike Place Market Story: From Preservation to Expansion
  • November 28, 10 AM: Renton History Museum – Under the Storytelling Tent

On another note, the AKCHO Board has decided to discontinue mailing out monthly meeting reminders via the USPS. We will, however, continue to send monthly meeting reminders via e-mail. Please note: If you are unable to receive communications via an e-mail address, please notify us – and we will cheerfully make other arrangements to ensure that you hear about our meetings in a timely manner – contact Barbara at 206-878-6912 or





May AKCHO membership meeting – Metro Employees Historical Vehicle Association

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Host: Metro Employees Historic Vehicles Association
Location: Park at Northwest African American Museum for bus tour. Bus will depart at 10 AM so please arrive shortly before that.
NAAM address: 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle
Phone: 206-883-7613

Program: Rolling Through History on a Vintage Seattle Bus

Join us for a road trip through the Rainier Valley aboard a historic bus restored and maintained by the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association. We’ll meet, and park, at the Northwest African American Museum and then travel along Rainier Avenue South as Virginia Wright, Rainier Valley Historical Society’s executive director, provides some context.

Once we reach Metro’s safety training facility in Tukwila, MEHVA will show a half dozen of their prized vehicles from a collection that includes a 1919 streetcar as well as trolleys and motor buses from every decade between the 1930s and 1990s. MEHVA’s Josh Shields will explain how the collection came to be and MEHVA’s mission to be a “living museum” through its popular public excursions.

Then we’ll follow up our last meeting’s focus on recruiting volunteers with a brief look at some of the places local groups can turn to in their search for help. The bus ride back to NAAM will take us along the Duwamish, then past Boeing Field and through Georgetown and SODO.

Driving Directions:
From I-90, take exit 3 and follow signs for Rainier Ave. S., then immediately bear left to turn left onto S Massachusetts Street.

By Bus:
From downtown, take Metro 7 (Rainier Beach) to Rainier Avenue S and S State Street. Then walk uphill a third of a mile along S Massachusetts Street. For assistance in taking a bus into town, visit to plan your trip.



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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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