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June AKCHO membership meeting

Issaquah Depot – photo courtesy of Issaquah History Museums

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by The Issaquah History Museums
78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah  98027
Phone: 425-392-3500

Program: How to Mine History with Hikes

Issaquah History Museums was one of three local groups (along with Newcastle and Black Diamond historical societies) honored this year with AKCHO’s Long-Term Project Award for their use of hiking/walking tours to share their coal mining histories. Please join AKCHO on June 26 when Issaquah’s Doug Bristol explains how their program began four years ago, and how it has evolved. His team will also show some artifacts from the mining era.

We’ll meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum, address above. After the presentation, Doug will lead a short walk to the entrance of a historic coal mine.

Driving Directions:
Coming from the Seattle area on I-90, drive to Exit 17, Front Street, and proceed south. In about a mile, turn left on Poplar Street and park in the Depot parking lot.

By Bus:
Visit King County Metro Trip Planner to find the best public transit options from your location to the Issaquah Depot Museum.



May AKCHO membership meeting – The Wagner Education Center: A Journey

A watercolor sketch of the Wagner Education Center by S. Bower 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street, Seattle  98109
Phone: 206-382-2628

The Wagner Education Center: A Journey

When the plans were drawn for Lake Union Park, a plot at the south edge of the park was set aside for a future building for The Center for Wooden Boats. A decade later that building, a modern take on the traditional boatshops that once ringed Lake Union, is set to open. It will provide space for CWB to expand its programs, give its staff more elbow room and give CWB its first on-street presence.

Following the AKCHO business meeting in CWB’s floating two-story Boathouse, Executive Director Brandt Faatz will reflect on the journey from bare ground to beautiful building and then lead a sneak-peek tour through the new edifice, which has not yet opened to the public. After the tour, a limited number of one-hour free use of a rowboat will be available (sign up when you arrive for the meeting).

The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union is just one mile from downtown Seattle and is easily accessed on foot or by public transportation or by car. Ongoing building and road construction in the area can affect driving times and parking availability. We encourage you to use mass transit (bus or streetcar) or to explore area parking options before heading our way.

From I-5:
Take Exit 167 and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Go one short block and, at the light, turn left onto Valley Street. Turn right just before the streetcar stop and immediately turn left into the parking lot (for ADA access do not turn left; pull up to the keypad at the gate and follow the directions for access to ADA parking adjacent to MOHAI). There are a few marked CWB spots; otherwise pay for your parking at the kiosk at the west end of the lot. There also is pay parking at the west side of Lake Union Park.

Bus Routes:
South Lake Union can be reached on Metro bus routes 40, 70 and C-line. Bus stops are within easy walking distance.

The South Lake Union Streetcar runs every 10 minutes from the downtown Westlake hub to the Valley Street Station.


AKCHO membership meetings resume in the fall

AKCHO’s monthly membership meetings will resume in the fall – please circle these dates: September 27, October 25 and November 29. 

AKCHO Programs Chair Miguel Llanos has scheduled our October 25 meeting in Burien at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive, which will share the process behind their just-completed Digital Archive Plan. But the September and November venues and topics are still to be determined. If you have a proposal, please contact

In the meantime, please refer regularly to our website, where we are always updating news from the heritage community, and posting upcoming heritage events on our online calendar. Have a great summer!


November AKCHO membership meeting – Jack Straw Cultural Center

UnknownTuesday, November 24, 2015, 10 AM – noon

Host: Jack Straw Cultural Center
Address: 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Phone: 206-634-0919

Program: The Sounds of History

It’s not just words and pictures that help preserve history. Sounds can add incredible depth to that storytelling, and the nonprofit Jack Straw Cultural Center has been doing just that in the Seattle area since 1962. The 2014 winner of AKCHO’s technology award will host our November membership meeting, with Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz sharing its use of radio, podcasts and audio guides to record the histories of local artists, community groups and heritage societies. Recording the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair, digitizing a 1970 KRAB radio series on Seattle’s history, and producing an oral history of Lake Union and Portage Bay are a few of the group’s contributions over five decades.

An exhibit titled “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts” will be on display as well for members to visit.

Driving Directions:

Located in Seattle’s University District, the center is at the southwest corner of NE 43rd and Roosevelt Way. No free parking but plenty of pay lots and some street parking.

Bus Routes:
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.

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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