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History is more than human
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Author Frederick Brown and AKCHO member Fran Clifton

Dr. Frederick Brown spoke to AKCHO members at AKCHO’s February 2018 membership meeting. The author of last year’s AKCHO Award-winning book, The City Is More Than Human, Brown makes the argument that Seattle wouldn’t exist without animals.

“Materially and culturally, animals have shaped the area’s transformation,” he wrote in the introduction to his book, and at the AKCHO meeting, he detailed the many ways that animals have participated in the development of this place – as food, as labor, and as companions. (more…)


International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection conference
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Categories: Education
International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection 
Dates: 10/13-17/2018

This year’s big event will be hosted by the Hearst Castle and California State Parks.  

The 2018 conference will include 2 days of pre-conference networking activities, and 2 1/2 days of all-new cultural property protection presentations, live exercises, group meals, nighttime activities, special industry exhibits, Hearst Castle tours, and more.

Early Bird Registration – $595 until Wednesday February 28, 2018. Second Tier Registration will be $645. Click here for more information.



Protest on Trial

by Kit Bakke
WSU Press – 252 pp – $22.95

Author Kit Bakke believes that the freedom to organize and protest are crucial to American democracy. But across the nation in the late 1960s and early 1970s, courtroom decisions and the FBI’s utilization of wiretapping, warrantless break-ins, and informants were destroying activist groups and threatening those rights. The Emerald City was no exception. In her new book, Protest on Trial: The Seattle 7 Conspiracy, Bakke chronicles the dramatic story surrounding the arrests and trial of seven Seattle Liberation Front (SLF) leaders. (more…)


Council hears from cultural advocates on proposed Ordinance 2018-0086
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AKCHO board members Sarah Frederick and Alice Stenstrom were among those who came to hear testimony on Proposed Ordinance 2018-0086

The King County Council got an earful of public testimony at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, February 21, one month after proposing Ordinance #2018-0086, a move that would reclaim some of the critical governance powers that had been accorded to 4Culture when it was spun off fifteen years ago as an independent cultural development authority in charge of managing King County’s cultural assets. 

4Culture board members and some 40 members of the overflow crowd gave testimony on the impacts the proposed ordinance would have on the County’s cultural community. The overwhelming majority of the people testifying opposed the ordinance.  (more…)


Living Cultures Part I: Photos by Sharon Eva Grainger
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Richard Solomon, Lummi – photo credit Sharon Eva Grainer

Seattle Public Library
Through 4/30/2018

In this exhibit, photographer Sharon Eva Grainger explores contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakwaka’wakw nations by Sharon Grainger with narratives by tribal elders. Living Cultures is part of the regional “Beyond The Frame: To Be Native.” In 2018, more than 20 Northwest organizations and tribes will use the photography of Edward S. Curtis to spark discussions about art, culture and place. This is an opportunity for all people to listen to Native voices, to engage anew with Curtis’ work, and with each other.

The exhibit is on floor 3 of the downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue.



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 $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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