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On the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War
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Renton History Museum
Dates: 5/28 – 11/11/2018

Curated by Renton History Museum Director Dr. Elizabeth P. Stewart, this exhibit explores Rentonites’ efforts, both at home and abroad, in the First World War. Looking back 100 years, learn how individual actions made the difference in the war effort and how the war shaped Renton.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Find more information about open hours and admission here.


Two King County sites on WA Trust’s 2018 Most Endangered list
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The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its 2018 list of Most Endangered Places. The nonprofit organization unveiled its list at its annual Vintage Washington fundraiser, which was held at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant. 

Two of the five sites on this year’s Most Endangered Places list are located in King County: Camp Kilworth in Federal Way and the East Seattle School on Mercer Island.

Camp Kilworth – photo courtesy of Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

In 1934, William Kilworth purchased 25 acres in the South Sound and immediately deeded the property to the Tacoma Area Council of Boy Scouts. World War I veterans, who were members of the Tacoma Rotary Club, built the centerpiece of the camp in 1935: the Rustic-style Rotary Lodge. Over the decades, several other supporting structures were built, including an outdoor amphitheater that looks out over a dramatic view of south Puget Sound. Today, the property and its shoreline are one of only two places in rapidly growing Federal Way regarded as a highly sensitive environmental area; the high bank coastal forest on the site also serves as a wildlife corridor. (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…)



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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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