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Emotions run high as Council contemplates 4Culture oversight
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 “Pretty disheartening on a number of levels” and “a circus act” were the ways two different attendees at the King County Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on March 7 described the proceedings they witnessed. Councilmembers had gathered to debate an array of amendments to proposed Ordinance 2018-0086, the measure that would place additional Council oversights on 4Culture, which is currently an independent cultural development authority.

Two weeks earlier, at a previous Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the public were allowed to offer testimony regarding the Ordinance, and almost all of the 40 citizens who spoke were against allowing Council interference in 4Culture’s long-established funding distribution process.

But this time, the public could only listen – and squirm – as councilmembers debated, undercut and overrode one another in an emotional three-hour-long battle of wills and procedural tactics. (more…)


AKCHO membership meeting in March

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Host: Historical Society of Federal Way
Address: 2645 S 312th Street, Federal Way  98003
Phone: 253-945-7842

Program: Fire & Rescue Exhibit – Plus an Exhibits ‘How-to’

Please join AKCHO on March 27 when Federal Way Historical Society’s new exhibit on South King’s Fire & Rescue history will be the springboard for a presentation and discussion on what makes a good exhibit. Based in Federal Way, the fire department covers 41 square miles, protects 150,000 people, and is made up of what used to be five former fire districts.

We’ll have time to view the new exhibit and then Patricia Cosgrove, museum director of the White River Valley Museum, will share her insights. Patricia was entrusted with designing what became the award-winning, permanent exhibits at White River. For this presentation, she’ll address the question: “Is displaying a bunch of similar things an exhibit?”

Exhibits are “a way to further cross cultural understanding,” Patricia says, summarizing her exhibit philosophy as “engaging the eye with unusual and beautiful things and meeting some interesting characters!”

Following the meeting, 4Culture will hold a funding workshop for the Cultural Equipment funding program from 1-2 PM. (Application deadline will be May 16.)



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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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…)



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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