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Thinking Things Through – Minding and overcoming the gap

by Brandon Claycomb

Over the last few posts we’ve examined an easy tool for prioritizing your organization’s goals. Setting priorities defines where you want to go. The next question is how to get there.

Begin by assessing your starting point, which is where your organization currently stands. It’s essential that you be brutally honest. There is a time and place for presenting your institution in the best possible light, but your self-assessment is not it. Examine your priorities and imagine how things would look if every goal they contain or imply were fulfilled. Then ask yourself how far your institution’s status quo is from that condition. Write down some relevant facts and make sure that they justify your conclusion. If they don’t, revise your assessment until it does fit the facts. (more…)


AKCHO meeting – back on track this month
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Brandon Claycomb facilitates a discussion on volunteers

After a late winter snowstorm confounded AKCHO’s plans to hold its February membership meeting at the Northwest Railway Museum’s new Railway Education Center, the Museum graciously agreed to let us reschedule the entire program for March.

So, on March 28, more than 30 AKCHO members from around King County drove up I-90 to congregate at the Railway Education Center in Snoqulamie and participate in some lively give-and-take on the topic of volunteer engagement and retention. The discussion was facilitated by Brandon Claycomb, PhD, whom our regular readers will recognize as the Thinking Things Through columnist for Heritage Advisor. He is also the founder of Refined Ideas Consulting. (more…)



Sorting Out Race
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Renton History Museum
Now through 5/17/2017

Every day, thrift stores receive donations of items with racial imagery – antique advertising cards, collectible salt-and-pepper shakers, vintage children’s books, and mugs with team mascots. Do these items perpetuate hurtful stereotypes or are they harmless reminders of past attitudes? Should thrift stores sell these objects or should they be “sorted out” of popular culture forever? (more…)


Rare lunar mission artifact on display this weekend only
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Photo credit NASA

Museum of Flight
Dates: 4/1-2/2017
Some 45 years after tee off, a golf ball believed to have been the very same ball Alan Shepard shanked on the Moon was found washed up along the coastline in Grays Harbor, WA. This ball is now on display at The Museum of Flight for a very limited time.
Oyster farmer Elliott Swift found the unusual object several months ago. “It was late October or early November. I think. I was out on the reef handling a few clusters, and when I broke one of them apart, I found something that looked and felt very different from the other oysters I harvested. I took it to our local fish and game authorities who took samples and said, indeed it was unlike anything they had ever seen in our waters. After months of further inquiry, and subsequently testing, a committee of aerospace researchers proved it to be this extremely rare artifact.”




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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.

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We're awaiting the photos from the professional photog of AKCHO's Annual Awards event on Tuesday, but here are just a couple of pix from AKCHO's administrator in the meantime (pictured Richard Anderson, Northwest Railway Museum; Frederick Brown; Tom Ikeda, Densho). We had a great time, our host (Northwest African American Museum) was wonderful, our sponsors were generous, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert was a terrific emcee, and our Award recipients... well, mere words can't begin to describe their importance to our community. But we'll be posting lots of words on our website over the next couple of weeks anyway, so you can read all about our honorees. That'll be at
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