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Timber cruise reports now accessible

The King County Archives recently completed a project to image and rehouse 45 volumes of Assessor’s timber cruise reports dating from 1907-08. Valued by researchers for their detail and accuracy, the reports are a unique resource for this time period in King County. And, as you can see by the map from Report for Section 2, Township 20, Range 7E – they are also quite beautiful.

High-quality copies of these records are now easily accessible through the King County Archives public search site. Read more here




Allied Arts of Renton: The First Fifty Years

Allied Arts of Renton celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014. To honor their achievements, Barbara Nilson, an AKCHO Award-winning author as well as a lifetime member of Allied Arts, compiled a 170-page book on the group’s history, which is also a history of the City of Renton since 1964. Allied Arts was actually formed in 1963 but became official June 2, 1964.

An attempt was made by Nilson to include minutes and/or letters concerning each group of officers over the years and their amazing projects. Allied Arts has sponsored the Annual Art show which was initiated in 1965, and colored photos of the event are included as are pages of the popular Chalk Art competition and the dedication of the Performing Arts Center. Nancy Osborn, a former AAR president, was the instigator for building the Arts Center; a listing of contributors is included in the book. Among the group’s numerous art projects are the sponsorship of student musicians and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert each year. AAR has also purchased numerous paintings for Renton that are depicted in the book and hanging in City Hall. 

Original fundraisers were the Christmas Ball at $5 per ticket and a backyard Salmon Bake costing a $5 contribution for the barbecue supper and social hour.

The final nine pages of the book are a list of the officers and main projects from 1963 to 2017 compiled by Char Baker, a former president. Other members of the committee that produced the book were: Deloris Dewing and Linda Middlebrooks, current co-presidents, and Sonja Kyes, longtime member. Technical Editor was Eva Sachs. A book signing was held November 14 at the Renton History Museum.

The books may be purchased for $20 from Barbara Nilson, or Linda Middlebrooks, 206-919-9746. All proceeds go to Allied Arts projects.


KCLS library histories now available

In 2016,‘s biggest project was to document the history of the King County Library System. Currently they’ve added comprehensive feature histories and timeline essays on libraries in Algona-Pacific, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Boulevard Park, Burien, Carnation, Crossroads, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Fairwood, Fall City, Issaquah, Kent, Kingsgate, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Hills, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Muckleshoot, Newcastle, Newport Way, Redmond, Redmond Ridge, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and White Center. The rest of the KCLS library histories will be added in 2017.



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