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Now artifacts can be viewed via virtual museum
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For the past year the items in the Greeks in Washington collection have been photographed and uploaded to a searchable database.  The photos and descriptions of the items in ten categories (textiles, costumes and clothing, photos/slides, documents, audio recordings, film/video/DVD, bound volumes/printed materials, newspapers, art work and other artifacts).  They are now accessible from the home page  Simply click on “THE COLLECTION” and follow the prompt.

Since 2009, date, the Museum has received over 600 items that serve to help share the stories of the Greek experience in Washington State.  These items have been donated or loaned to the Museum and are cataloged and preserved in the Museum archive.  Items are organized by category.  There is also a special section dedicated to the AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) family.

The physical archive is available by appointment for viewing and research purposes. E-mail or call 206-325-8554.


New folklife center will launch this fall
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The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will be Washington State’s new folklife and traditional arts program, a collaboration between Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. Before officially launching this fall, Center staff are holding free meetings around the state to talk to communities about the Center, learn about networks already supporting heritage and cultural traditions, and create  partnerships that will offer a range of innovative media and programming. 

In King County, there will be two meetings. (more…)


Heritage community asked to back Access for All sales-tax initiative
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by Kent Sturgis, AKCHO Advocacy Chair

The AKCHO Board of Trustees requests your support of the “Access for All” Proposition 1 that will appear on the Primary Election ballot in August. If passed, it will provide stable, dedicated funding for arts, science, and heritage groups across King County, and dramatically increase access to cultural programs for public-school students and people on a fixed budgets.

The new funding would benefit, among others, scores of heritage organizations throughout the county—not just in Seattle—and make possible:

  • $4.5 million earmarked specifically each year for community heritage organizations outside of the Seattle metro area;
  • Partnerships and joint ventures between small organizations and larger regional groups, with the latter required to dedicate 15% of their funding to projects assuring geographic equity;
  • Seed money for establishment of new cultural centers, projects, and organizations countywide;
  • Targeted, dedicated resources to all school districts with a priority on lower-income schools, including free transportation;
  • Free and reduced-price tickets to our region’s world-class institutions for people on fixed budgets, including seniors and low-income and middle-class families.



AKCHO membership meeting took to the streets in May
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Josh Shields of the Metro Employees Historical Vehicle Association was our driver and host for the day

The wheels on the bus went round and round for a hearty band of AKCHO members who braved the unseasonably cold weather on May 30 for a ride on one of the buses in the historical fleet operated by the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA). 

MEHVA’s Josh Shields picked up his AKCHO passengers at the Northwest African American Museum in a pre-Metro era “Blue Streak” model bus that had been part of the Seattle Transit System in the late 1960s. As they rode the vintage bus through the Rainier Valley, AKCHO board member Virginia Wright, who also serves as executive director for the Rainier Valley Historical Society, narrated a tour of the historical highlights along the route. (more…)


A History of Renton in 75 Objects
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This neon detail captures a specific time and place in Renton – photo credit, Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum
Dates: 6/1/2017 – 1/20/2018

If you had to sum up the rich variety of Renton’s history in 75 objects—from coal mining to Boeing, from the Cedar River to the Renton Highlands—what would you choose? The Renton History Museum’s team of University of Washington Museology students had a tough time, but they did it. Enjoy the best—and most unusual—artifacts and photos from the Renton History Museum’s collection in this exercise in visualizing Renton history.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Admission is $5/adults, $2/children.



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 $15. Organization memberships are $35. Join more than 150 individuals and organizations supporting heritage work and historic preservation in King County. For more information and an application form, visit


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