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AKCHO 2019 Annual Meeting

Just a reminder that our AKCHO Annual Meeting is taking place on Tuesday, January 29, at the new Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market Street, Seattle. Doors open at 10 AM; the gathering will be called to order at 10:30 AM and will include a short business meeting, a panel presentation, and luncheon ending by 1:00 PM.

The topic inclusion was selected because AKCHO believes that inclusivity is vital to the existence of every heritage organization. Please join us and historical organizations across King County as we look internally to examine our policies and practices and learn from one another’s best practices to create a more inclusive community. Our panel will be moderated AKCHO Trustee Hilary Pittenger with panelists: Chieko Phillips – 4Culture, Nicole Robert – MOHAI and Aletheia Wittman – The Incluseum.

If you haven’t already had a chance to register, please do so by January 17. Cost is $35/person. Late registration is limited and costs $40/person. You’ll find the registration form here.

Now is also the time to renew your AKCHO membership. To sign up on line click here.

We hope to see you there!


“Promoting the Archive” – Greeks in Washington Project Opportunity





The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (Greeks in Washington) , is a “virtual museum” that has been in operation since 2009.  During that time an archive of over 700 items has been established which contains photographs, documents, artifacts, costumes and more. The archive is located at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  This is probably the most extensive collection of the experience of Greek immigrants and their descendants in Washington history.  There are no immediate plans to establish a physical museum, but the purpose is to increase use of or access to the collection. Most of the items in the archive have been photographed and entered into a searchable database which can be viewed under “THE COLLECTION” on the Museum home page.  While visits to the archive are available by appointment, its use has been limited.

This project will seek to accomplish the following tasks under the title of Promoting the Archiveand can serve as a thesis or “capstone” project. 

The person selected for this project will perform one or more of the following tasks and may develop additional tasks related to the purpose. Some of the tasks are “one time” events and others may be reoccurring.
Become familiar with the items in the archive
–Prepare photographs or a video of the archival space
–Prepare a brochure for Greeks in Washington to help promote the archive
–Publicize and communicate with other museums, historical or academic organizations
–Hold fellowship hours and connected “open houses” for the archive either for the Greek community, school visitations or the public
–Prepare displays using archival material for presentations either in the Assumption community center or for “traveling exhibits” in other historic, educational or museum settings

An initial stipend is available for this project and additional funds will be obtained as the project develops.  The project may begin as early as October 2018.

CONTACT:  John Nicon, 206 325 8554 or  


Navigating to Alki
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Log House Museum

This exhibit features early maps of the Duwamish Peninsula, which tell the story of the growth and development of Alki and the northern end of the Duwamish Peninsula through 1907. Drawing upon the historical maps collection of the United States Coast Survey and scholarly work assembling the history of the Duwamish people, guest curator Phil Hoffman demonstrates the progression from a “land untouched” prior to the European-American exploration to emergence as a residential, recreation and industrial center.

The Log House Museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 PM. It is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW in West Seattle.


T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants


If you have an idea for a workshop, lecture, skill-building session, or program that will bring needed information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches into the King County heritage field? These funds can help you develop, promote, and execute professional development opportunities.

Click here for more information.


Council will meet to consider more oversight of 4Culture – links to background info here
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A public hearing on a proposed ordinance #2018-0086, which would give the King County Council more oversight over 4Culture, is tentatively scheduled for February 21, 9:30 AM, in a “Committee of the Whole” meeting at the King County Courthouse.

In January, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, was joined by Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Kathy Lambert, Reagan Dunn, Pete von Reichbauer, and Larry Gossett, in introducing an ordinance that would allow councilmembers:

  • To veto the 4Culture budget, which determines funding for arts, heritage, preservation, and public arts;
  • To hire and fire the 4Culture Executive Director; and
  • To nominate and directly appoint the majority of 4Culture board members without consultation




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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

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!




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