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February AKCHO membership meeting – The City Is More Than Human

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by National Archives and Records Administration
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 336-5115

The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle

It’s easy to get wrapped up in human histories, but author Frederick L. Brown has reminded us that animals are a big part of an area’s history as well. Please join us for our next member meeting when Fred discusses his recent book “The City is More Than Human” and illustrates that point with images of how animals, especially livestock and pets, have shaped Seattle’s history.

In 2017, that unique look at Seattle history won Fred AKCHO’s Virginia Marie Folkins Award, as well as the Western History Association’s Hal K. Rothman Award for best Western environmental history. Years of research went into the book, which is based on Fred’s 2010 University of Washington PhD dissertation. Members will get a chance to ask Fred about his research methods and his thoughts on what types of histories make for a good book. (more…)


Developers propose high-rise hotel at Pike Place Market
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Downtown Seattle residents and Pike Place Market advocates are mobilizing to prevent a high-rise development at the entrance to the Pike Pike Place Market. A group of developers has proposed demolishing the three-story Green Tortoise (Hahn) Building at the southeast corner of First and Pike. In its place, they aim to build a 14-story hotel. Their plan does not include parking.

The Hahn Building is not a designated landmark, but it is one of seven historic structures remaining at the entrance to the Market. Dating back to 1869, the Hahn Building was said to be the only beer hall that remained open after Seattle’s Great Fire. By 1907, it was operating as Hotel Elliott, and the top two floors were added to accommodate visitors coming to Seattle for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. (more…)


Opportunity for costume collections in need of professional attention

Angels Project volunteers working last year at the Lincoln County Historical Association Museum in Maine. Photo courtesy of Connie Frisbee Houde.

Costume Society of America
Application deadline: 7/1/2018

In 2019, the Costume Society of America will hold its national meeting at the Westin Seattle Hotel from April 15-22, and as a service project the organization will be offering its professional expertise to an institution that has a tangible costume collection and is located within a 45 minute drive of downtown Seattle. The CSA’s Angels Project has been in operation for 13 years, and you can learn more about some of the previous projects here

The CSA is a professional organization that advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance and works to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of dress. The CSA Angels Project is a one-day service event held near the site of the organization’s national symposium. In the Seattle area, the Angels Project will take place on April 16, 2019. During the event, CSA members provide conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to a tangible costume collection at a small institution. In addition, training in collections care is given to staff and volunteers. 

This golden opportunity will be awarded to one qualified small museum, historic home or other suitable site in the Seattle area. To be considered, an institution must submit a grant application by July 1, 2018. (more…)


Event Coordinator – contract position
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Eastside Heritage Center
Begins immediately and runs through mid-July, 2018

Eastside Heritage Center (EHC) is a non-profit organization based in Bellevue, WA that maintains and preserves the largest collection of artifacts, photos and archival material related to East King County, and focuses on sharing this collection with the community through exhibits, books, presentations and a wide variety of education programs. The annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival is EHC’s signature event, through which the organization endeavors to bring the Eastside community together to promote public involvement in and appreciation of Eastside history.

The Bellevue Strawberry Festival is an annual two day community event that draws an attendance of over 50,000, and includes over 100 craft, sponsoring businesses and food vendors, live entertainment, fresh strawberry shortcake, a mini-museum with heritage exhibits and hands-on history activities, a Touch-a-Truck Event (Sat. only), a Classic Auto Show (Sun. only), and a Family Fun Area with carnival games, pony rides, a giant slide, inflatables, and more. The Festival recruits over 150+ volunteers each year, who are primarily high school students from the Bellevue School District.

The Event Coordinator position for this Festival is a contracted or temporary position that will begin immediately and continue through the first two weeks of July, 2018.

Compensation: Contract position or hourly rate based on experience.

Duties & Responsibilities: The Festival Coordinator reports to EHC’s Executive Director and Board of Trustees. Duties include:

  • Vendor Coordination: Over 100 vendors participate in the Strawberry Festival each year. This includes food, craft, merchandise, non-profit, informational, and sponsor booths. This position is responsible for soliciting vendor participation, coordinating the registration process, communicating event scheduling and placement, creating and distributing event day documents, and overseeing event-day vendor logistics and needs. In addition, this position will be responsible for post-event vendor communication and accounting.
  • Family Fun Area: Families with young children are a core demographic of Strawberry Festival attendees. The Festival Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all elements of the Family Fun Area, including contracting with gaming/inflatable companies and independent contractors, load-in/load-out logistics, and signage creation.
  • Entertainment (sub-contracted): Entertainment runs all day long in 30-45 minute sets from the Festival Main Stage, featuring a wide variety of performance styles. The Festival Coordinator oversees the work of the subcontractor for soliciting entertainers, responding to applications, booking performances, and ensuring all logistical needs are in place. The Festival Coordinator will be responsible for booking and communicating with the Festival MC.
  • PR & Marketing: The Festival Coordinator will be responsible for booking, soliciting and creating all event advertising with sub-contractors, the City of Bellevue, in-kind media partnerships and free event listing opportunities. The Festival Coordinator will be responsible for distribution of Festival yard signs, posters and flyers.
  • Touch-a-Truck Show: The Touch-a-Truck event is held in one of the Festival sites parking lots at Crossroads Park on Saturday of the Festival. The Festival Coordinator will be responsible for soliciting ‘truck’ related participants from local companies, and load-in/load-out logistics.
  • Classic Auto Show: The Classic Auto Show is held in the same lot as the Touch-a-Truck event on Sunday of the Festival. The Festival Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing participant registration, ordering event supplies, communicating scheduling logistics with participants, and soliciting a volunteer Auto Show Manager to assist with running the event on-site.
  • Festival Logistics: The Festival Coordinator oversees all elements of the Strawberry Festival logistics, including grounds layout, set-up and tear-down coordination, rental equipment, sound, power, sanitation, public and vendor parking, shuttle, decorations, signage, etc. The Festival Coordinator is the primary liaison to the City of Bellevue for use of Crossroads Park and all necessary special event permits. Finally, the Festival Coordinator is expected to be on-site at the event from set-up through tear-down (Thursday through Monday), overseeing the entire Festival and ensuring all elements run smoothly.
  • Volunteer Coordination Assistance: Over 150+ volunteers participate in the Strawberry Festival each year. The primary demographic of the Strawberry Festival volunteers is high school students in grades 9th-12th. This position will assist the Volunteer Coordinator (sub-contracted) with soliciting volunteer participation, coordinating the application process, assigning positions, communicating scheduling and event details, creating and distributing event documents, and overseeing event day volunteer management.
  • Budget & Financial Management: The Festival Coordinator will track expenses and budget items in review with the EHC Executive Director. Any expenses beyond those budgeted will need to be reviewed by the EHC Board of Trustees for approval.



National History Day 2018
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Categories: Education
Right now, students across the state are diligently working on History Day projects ranging from papers to presentations and websites to documentaries. 
See their work at one of seven regional contests, held from late February through March. These events are full of energy and inspiration – for locations, times and dates, check here.
The state contest will be held Saturday, April 21, at Green River College in Auburn. 
History Day is a cherished annual opportunity for more than a thousand students across our state. The Historical Society is proud to be the coordinating agency. 
Judges and volunteers are needed at all levels; learn more about volunteering here, or email Katie DeMar-Aldrich, National History Day coordinator.



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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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