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EHC offers 7th grade curriculum on the lowering of Lake Washington
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In collaboration with the Bellevue School District, the Eastside Heritage Center has developed the Change Over Time curriculum to guide 7th grade students in an exploration of how the lowering of Lake Washington in 1916 (when the Lake Washington Ship Canal opened) had an impact on our region.

The activities introduce students to the study of maps and environmental history, and focus on specific people who lived in various places around Lake Washington, whose lives were affected by the lowering of the lake. Each person’s set of materials includes a brief biography, primary source documents, historic photographs, a map showing the shoreline before and after the lake was lowered, and suggested questions and activities, aimed at 7th-grade students.

A complete printed set of the curriculum materials is available to check out from the Eastside Heritage Center. For more information contact


Back-to-school exhibit
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Categories: Exhibits

Special Collections, University of Washington
Now through 12/15/2017


The UW Libraries have a Special Collections department full of historic books, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and artifacts, freely accessible for you to use in your research. Come down to the Allen Library (ALB) South Basement, Special Collections Reading Room Lobby, to check out their exhibit featuring unique, rare and historical school-themed collection highlights and learn more about what you might find.



Northwest Railway Museum takes in more big artifacts
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The Northwest Railway Museum acquired two major new artifacts in September. 

Long a fixture near the shoreline of Lake Whatcom, the H.K. Porter steam locomotive was relocated in mid-September from Bloedel-Donovan Park in Bellingham to the Northwest Railway Museum, where it will be restored and eventually placed on display. 

The Permanente Cement Company purchased the #9 Porter locomotive from the U.S. Navy and eventually donated it to the City of Bellingham in 1960. But over the last 57 years the engine has fallen into disrepair, with some of its components vandalized or stolen. (more…)


Celebrate Archives Month with Activism in the Archives
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Activism in the Archives will present holdings in local archives about protestors, organizers, and activists. Topics include the King County logo change from crown to civil rights leader, open housing legislation and the freeway revolt of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Presentations will showcase diverse materials including: documents, photographs, moving image and sound recordings, maps and activist ephemera. Participating organizations are the Seattle Municipal Archives (SMA), King County Archives (KCA) and Activists Remembered, Celebrated and Honored (ARCH).

Come and celebrate Archives Month on October 25, 6–7 PM, at the Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle.


Making the Cut music CD – free to non-profit orgs

Maritime Folknet announces the release of a music CD with sixteen new songs about the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks. Copies of the CD will be free to non-profit organizations, schools, and libraries.

Non-profit organizations can pick up their copy of the CD at one of the monthly AKCHO meetings, or email to have the CD mailed to you.

At the next AKCHO meeting at 10:30 AM on September 26, three of the songs from the CD will be performed live by the songwriters. The meeting will be in the auditorium of the Visitor Center at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka the Ballard Locks), 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle. The live music will be followed by a program on “Lessons Learned from ‘Making the Cut’ Centennial Commemoration”. For more meeting details, click here(more…)



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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

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