A Letter from the President
Dear Heritage Community,
First, let me say I and the entire AKCHO Board hope that all is well with you and your family. This is an unusual time; life, as we knew it, has changed. As historians, we remember how Seattle’s strict Spanish flu isolation policies resulted in fewer fatalities in Seattle than cities of comparable population sizes. That may help us, as we struggle with the stay at home order.
Isolation can be hard, especially at a time when we want to join together as a community. We hope you will join us in our first ever virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at noon. This will be an opportunity for us to support each other. We’ll have the opportunity to share how we’re staying engaged with our members, how we can be a strong community partner, and anything else you’d like to talk about. Please join us. Click here for Instructions.
For some people this is an extremely busy time, for others it is a time to be reflective and plan for the future. Let’s think about using this opportunity to “Find Your Voice”. It could be sharing stories about the Spanish flu, sharing history through educational materials for those who are home schooling or compiling and sharing historical reading lists. Let your imagination take flight and use this opportunity to be a supportive voice in your community.
AKCHO is also feeling the effects of COVID-19. It was a difficult decision to cancel the April 28 AKCHO Awards Celebration. However, for the health of everyone, we needed to do that. I’d like to thank the awards selection committee for their careful review of many worthy potential recipients. It is inspiring to reflect on what has been achieved within the King County historical community. I hope you are all proud of the many ways you serve your community. We’ll plan a way to bond in-person later this year.
Monthly in-person meetings are also on hold until the stay at home order is lifted. While it remains, we propose to host virtual meetings covering topics suggested by you.
Remember, the most important thing is to do focus on keeping you and your family healthy. Best wishes from the entire AKCHO Board.
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