A Letter from the President
The ending of a calendar year is often a time to reflect on the year. This has been a bittersweet year for AKCHO. We had two dedicated board members, Alice Winship and Judie Romeo, leave the board to focus on health issues. It was hard to see two people who were selfless in their service to heritage organizations be forced give up things they love. Judie Romeo made her biggest impact in the successful planning and execution of AKCHO’s largest program, the annual awards program.
Alice Winship was the driving force as President of AKCHO for four years and a strong heritage advocate. She was a founding member of Maritime Folknet and served as that organization’s president. Alice had a passion and talent for songwriting. We were all deeply saddened when Alice lost her battle with cancer on November 13, 2019.
Inclusion was the 2019 AKCHO theme. The year started with a thought-provoking panel examining ways museums strive to be inclusive and verbalizing the challenges. Member meetings showcased a variety of AKCHO member organizations throughout the county where we looked at inclusion in a variety of ways. The Neely Mansion shared how they tell the stories of the many immigrant families that lived in the mansion. The Holocaust Center for Humanity shared dramatic stories of survivors and their families. AKCHO provided support for various historic preservation projects including the Garden House (officially known as the Turner-Koepf House) and The Showbox Theatre. Our annual awards ceremony recognized the outstanding work achieved across the county.
With the generous support of 4Culture, the redesigned AKCHO website is finished. Be sure and check it out. With the redesign there will be a place for members to share content via an online collaborative exhibit. Look for more information on how you can participate in 2020.
2020 is looking to be an exciting year. AKCHO will continue with its existing programs such as the Annual Meeting in January, Awards Celebration in April, and membership meetings. However, the daytime meetings are being moved to Mondays with the hope that since many member organizations are closed on Mondays, that more people will have the opportunity to attend membership meetings. The theme for next year will be “Finding Your Voice”. Possibilities are being explored for a workshop or two. If you have ideas for a workshop, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: AKCHO is your organization. Please share your thoughts and needs via email@example.com, so that AKCHO can help you achieve your goals. Thank you for your support.