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AKCHO board advocates against County ordinance that would affect 4Culture’s governance
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Ed. note: The AKCHO Board of Trustees has sent a letter to all members of the King County Council, urging them to reject proposed Ordinance #2018-0086. The letter included the comments put forth below.

If you would like to share your views with the AKCHO board, please send them via e-mail to

Elements of the proposed Ordinance #2018-0086 and the lack of discussion with stakeholders prior to the proposal have raised concerns throughout the heritage community and within the AKCHO (Association of King County Historical Organizations) Board of Trustees.

AKCHO encourages King County Council members to identify any issues related to accountability and/or equity concerns about the distribution of public funds and discuss them with 4Culture itself, as well as with local cultural nonprofits, prior to any changes. AKCHO would welcome being part of that discussion. (more…)


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Beyond the Frame launch addresses good and bad of Curtis’s legacy
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No one’s saying that famed photographer Edward S. Curtis’s photographs of North American Indians aren’t powerful. In the early part of the 20th century, fearing that Native Americans were doomed to go extinct due to the harsh government policies at that time that prevented them from adhering to their customary ways, the Seattle-based photographer dedicated himself to documenting tribes across America. He used all the tools at his disposal: film, audiotapes, written narratives and photographs, spending three decades in compiling a massive, 20-volume set titled The North American Indian.

But perhaps foreshadowing “fake news” by a century, Curtis fudged some of the facts. He had his subjects dress up in a manner that might have been more reflective of pre-colonial contact. He retouched photos to remove modern elements and to heighten the picturesque myth of the “noble savage.” (more…)


Council will meet to consider more oversight of 4Culture – links to background info here
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A public hearing on a proposed ordinance #2018-0086, which would give the King County Council more oversight over 4Culture, is tentatively scheduled for February 21, 9:30 AM, in a “Committee of the Whole” meeting at the King County Courthouse.

In January, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, was joined by Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Kathy Lambert, Reagan Dunn, Pete von Reichbauer, and Larry Gossett, in introducing an ordinance that would allow councilmembers:

  • To veto the 4Culture budget, which determines funding for arts, heritage, preservation, and public arts;
  • To hire and fire the 4Culture Executive Director; and
  • To nominate and directly appoint the majority of 4Culture board members without consultation



4Culture’s statement on proposed King County ordinance 2018-0086
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The King County Council introduced Ordinance #2018-0086 on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. It states the Council has “determined that public funding for the cultural programs necessitates greater oversight and accountability to the public.” 4Culture is a respected public agency (Public Development Authority, PDA) with an excellent record of accomplishment and proven fiscal responsibility and accountability. The ordinance proposes changes to 4Culture’s charter and its by-laws that would have a significant impact by shifting responsibilities for budgeting, staffing, and board appointments from the 4Culture Board of Directors to the King County Council. (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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