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KCLS library histories now available

In 2016,‘s biggest project was to document the history of the King County Library System. Currently they’ve added comprehensive feature histories and timeline essays on libraries in Algona-Pacific, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Boulevard Park, Burien, Carnation, Crossroads, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Fairwood, Fall City, Issaquah, Kent, Kingsgate, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Hills, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Muckleshoot, Newcastle, Newport Way, Redmond, Redmond Ridge, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and White Center. The rest of the KCLS library histories will be added in 2017.


AKCHO seeks new board members
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The AKCHO Board has open positions to fill. The Board meets monthly on the first Monday of the month from 9:30 – 11 AM on the Bellevue College campus. The main focus areas of the Board are professional development, centralized resources, and advocacy. The Board also produces two annual events: the Annual Membership Meeting and the AKCHO Awards evening. We welcome potential candidates with a variety of skill sets from all around King County. A particular need is for individuals who have experience in accounting and performing audits. For more information, please contact Alice Stenstrom,


AKCHO membership meetings resume in the fall

AKCHO’s monthly membership meetings will resume in the fall – please circle these dates: September 27, October 25 and November 29. 

AKCHO Programs Chair Miguel Llanos has scheduled our October 25 meeting in Burien at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive, which will share the process behind their just-completed Digital Archive Plan. But the September and November venues and topics are still to be determined. If you have a proposal, please contact

In the meantime, please refer regularly to our website, where we are always updating news from the heritage community, and posting upcoming heritage events on our online calendar. Have a great summer!


Exhibit Award – Service Ink: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories
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Curator Hilary Pittenger accepts the Exhibit Award on behalf of the White River Valley Museum

Curator Hilary Pittenger accepts the Exhibit Award on behalf of the White River Valley Museum

The White River Valley Museum was awarded with AKCHO’s 2016 Exhibit Award for its extraordinary exhibit that focused on service-related tattoos. “Service Ink” honored area veterans by providing a setting for appreciation and discussion, and a format to celebrate the vigor and storytelling inherent in the art of tattooing.

 The Museum put out a call for submissions of tattoos and their stories from active or veteran members of the military, their friends and families. This resulted in 40 entries, which were developed into striking portraits of 40 individuals and their tattoos with short essays about the meaning of the tattoos. These panels created a beautiful and thought-provoking display. 

Some of the tattoos honored a loved one killed in service. Some were a diary of lives spent in service. Some documented issues of violence in the service or sexual harassment. All told powerful stories, especially considering the life-long commitment that wearing a tattoo implies. All of the people participating in the exhibit lived in Washington state, and many of them were from South King County.  (more…)


Walking Washington’s History – Ten Cities

WalkingWAHistoryby Judy Bentley
University of Washington Press – 304 pp – $19.95

This book is a follow-up to Judy Bentley’s bestselling Hiking Washington’s History. It showcases the state’s engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities: Bellingham, Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Walla Walla and Yakima. Using narrated walks, maps, and historic photographs, Bentley reveals each city’s aspirations. Bentley is an emeritus faculty at South Seattle College.



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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