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Creating exhibits that tell stories
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White River Valley Museum director Patricia Cosgrove

Is displaying a bunch of similar things an exhibit? According to Patricia Cosgrove, no.

The White River Valley Museum director, a recipient of several awards for inspired exhibits, discussed her underlying philosophy for exhibit design at the March AKCHO membership meeting – that the basis for all exhibit design should be to tell a story.

“Take the idea of things and look at them as story-making tools,” Cosgrove encouraged the audience. “Our collections are a bunch of ‘things’ waiting for their chance to tell a story.” (more…)


Puget Sound Regional Archives celebrates 20 years
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Puget Sound Branch Research Assistant Phil Stairs is dwarfed by the collections

On March 27, the Puget Sound Branch of the Washington State Archives held an open house to celebrate 20 years at the Bellevue College campus in the Pritchard-Fleming Building. Over those two decades, more than 25,500 cubic feet have been added to the archival collection, and the Puget Sound Branch has handled over 100,000 research requests, and made more than 862,000 copies and scans for researchers. (more…)


Genealogy research workshop – personal research assistance
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South King County Geneaological Society
Date: 4/20/2018, 1-3:30 PM

Search the following websites for free: MyHeritage, Find My Past, Ancestry, Ancestral Quest and FamilySearch. Use the computers available at the Family History Center or bring your own laptop for access. Assistance will be provided by two experienced genealogists, Winona Laird and Lowell Tuttle. This workshop will be held at the Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12817 SE 256th Street, Kent. For more information, visit


Seattle Heritage Responders training
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Organizers: FAIC and SHERN 
Workshop dates: 5/10-11/2018 AND 11/1-2/2018 

Candidates are now being sought to participate in the Seattle Heritage Responders training funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Please note that this FREE training is only available to residents of Washington State. 

An online application form and additional information about the program are available here:  

This training, organized by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) in collaboration with Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN), will equip participants with the skills to respond to emergency in cultural centers, museums, libraries, special collections, archives, and historic sites in the greater Seattle area.  (more…)


King County Council votes for more oversight of 4Culture
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After debating the merits of proposed Ordinance 2018-0086, the King County Council on Monday (March 19) approved the measure by a 6-3 vote

The King County Council has passed a controversial measure that will give it more authority over the governance of 4Culture. Ordinance 2018-0086 gives the Council the power to confirm the hiring of the new executive director after current director Jim Kelly retires; it will approve 4Culture’s annual budget, and it will give the Council a more direct role in selecting people to serve on 4Culture’s board.

“These are three small improvements to the way we interact with 4Culture,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove (District 5), who had introduced the measure in January. (more…)



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

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!


2018 Awards Program

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