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June AKCHO membership meeting

Issaquah Depot – photo courtesy of Issaquah History Museums

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by The Issaquah History Museums
78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah  98027
Phone: 425-392-3500

Program: How to Mine History with Hikes

Issaquah History Museums was one of three local groups (along with Newcastle and Black Diamond historical societies) honored this year with AKCHO’s Long-Term Project Award for their use of hiking/walking tours to share their coal mining histories. Please join AKCHO on June 26 when Issaquah’s Doug Bristol explains how their program began four years ago, and how it has evolved. His team will also show some artifacts from the mining era.

We’ll meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum, address above. After the presentation, Doug will lead a short walk to the entrance of a historic coal mine.

Driving Directions:
Coming from the Seattle area on I-90, drive to Exit 17, Front Street, and proceed south. In about a mile, turn left on Poplar Street and park in the Depot parking lot.

By Bus:
Visit King County Metro Trip Planner to find the best public transit options from your location to the Issaquah Depot Museum.



From board vision to vibrant building – CWB’s new Wagner Education Center
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Sketch of the Wagner Education Center by S. Bower

Adding a new building to your site can be a long journey, Brandt Faatz, Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats told those gathered for AKCHO’s May membership meeting. He described how CWB’s new Wagner Education Center grew from their Board’s new goals, set in the early 2000s, to the expected opening this summer.

He noted the highs and lows of the dozen years since the Capital Campaign Cabinet secured its first leadership donation. He praised the many donors, both public and private, whose contributions made the building possible and he also noted the efforts of volunteers, one of whom has overseen the entire project. (more…)


May AKCHO membership meeting – The Wagner Education Center: A Journey

A watercolor sketch of the Wagner Education Center by S. Bower 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street, Seattle  98109
Phone: 206-382-2628

The Wagner Education Center: A Journey

When the plans were drawn for Lake Union Park, a plot at the south edge of the park was set aside for a future building for The Center for Wooden Boats. A decade later that building, a modern take on the traditional boatshops that once ringed Lake Union, is set to open. It will provide space for CWB to expand its programs, give its staff more elbow room and give CWB its first on-street presence.

Following the AKCHO business meeting in CWB’s floating two-story Boathouse, Executive Director Brandt Faatz will reflect on the journey from bare ground to beautiful building and then lead a sneak-peek tour through the new edifice, which has not yet opened to the public. After the tour, a limited number of one-hour free use of a rowboat will be available (sign up when you arrive for the meeting).

The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union is just one mile from downtown Seattle and is easily accessed on foot or by public transportation or by car. Ongoing building and road construction in the area can affect driving times and parking availability. We encourage you to use mass transit (bus or streetcar) or to explore area parking options before heading our way.

From I-5:
Take Exit 167 and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Go one short block and, at the light, turn left onto Valley Street. Turn right just before the streetcar stop and immediately turn left into the parking lot (for ADA access do not turn left; pull up to the keypad at the gate and follow the directions for access to ADA parking adjacent to MOHAI). There are a few marked CWB spots; otherwise pay for your parking at the kiosk at the west end of the lot. There also is pay parking at the west side of Lake Union Park.

Bus Routes:
South Lake Union can be reached on Metro bus routes 40, 70 and C-line. Bus stops are within easy walking distance.

The South Lake Union Streetcar runs every 10 minutes from the downtown Westlake hub to the Valley Street Station.


Kelly gets retirement send-off – an AKCHO Board Award
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With AKCHO President Alice Stenstrom looking on, Jim Kelly reacts to a standing ovation from the audience at the AKCHO Awards – photo credit Tyler Ray

by Pat Filer – AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair

The AKCHO Board wanted Jim Kelly, one of King County’s most beloved and respected cultural leaders in King County’s thriving cultural community, to know how much the heritage community has appreciated his tireless efforts, by bestowing upon him their highest honor, an AKCHO Board Award. Kelly retired as 4Culture’s Executive Director as of March 31, 2018 after 25 years of advocacy for public investment in arts and culture.  Under Kelly’s leadership, 4Culture has become the largest cultural funder in Washington State. During his tenure, over $130 million has been distributed into the sector to 2,800 individuals and groups. (more…)


Susan Connole, Mikala Woodward and Eleanor Boba – Board Awards
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Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles presented Eleanor Boba, Mikala Woodward, and Susan Connole with Board Awards – and they are joined here by AKCHO President Alice Stenstrom – photo credit Tyler Ray

by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair

Making the Cut was the brainchild of Susan Connole and Mikala Woodward who first met in November 2011 – the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Locks. They reunited in 2015 and began recruiting others to their shared vision of a regional centennial commemoration of the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Eleanor Boba led the Making the Cut Project when Woodward stepped down.

Mikala Woodward served as the initial administrative lead of Making the Cut, convening meetings, identifying key steps and recruiting individuals and organizations. Woodward has had a long career serving the cultural and heritage communities of the Pacific Northwest including a stint on the AKCHO Board and work with the Rainier Valley Historical Society. Now she serves as an Exhibit Developer and the Oral History Manager at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. (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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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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