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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

Program: 
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).

Directions:
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.

Streetcar:
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…)

 

Susan Connole, Mikala Woodward and Eleanor Boba – Board Awards
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Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles presented Eleanor Boba, Mikala Woodward, and Susan Connole with Board Awards – and they are joined here by AKCHO President Alice Stenstrom – photo credit Tyler Ray

by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair

Making the Cut was the brainchild of Susan Connole and Mikala Woodward who first met in November 2011 – the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Locks. They reunited in 2015 and began recruiting others to their shared vision of a regional centennial commemoration of the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Eleanor Boba led the Making the Cut Project when Woodward stepped down.

Mikala Woodward served as the initial administrative lead of Making the Cut, convening meetings, identifying key steps and recruiting individuals and organizations. Woodward has had a long career serving the cultural and heritage communities of the Pacific Northwest including a stint on the AKCHO Board and work with the Rainier Valley Historical Society. Now she serves as an Exhibit Developer and the Oral History Manager at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. (more…)

 

Barbara J. Nilson – AKCHO Legacy Award
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Barbara J. Nilson accepts her Legacy Award – photo credit Tyler Ray

Barbara Nilson is celebrating her 90th birthday in August.  Last year she completed her 4th local history book – one exploring the history of Allied Arts of Renton. Two of her earlier books have received the AKCHO Virginia Marie Folkins Award in past years. “Uncle Sam Wants You” featured stories about veterans from Maple Valley and Renton who served during World War II and “Ravensdale Reflections” explores the history of a small Washington state mining town. Other books include “Renton High School Centennial” and one celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Maple Valley Rotary. (more…)

 

Discovery Modelers Education Center – Long Term Project Award
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Clayton Naset and Colleen Wagner (center) of Discovery Modelers accept congratulations from King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and AKCHO President Alice Stenstrom – photo credit Tyler Ray

by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair

On July 4, 1917, the SS Roosevelt, Admiral Peary’s flagship on his historic 1909 trip to the Arctic, passed through the Locks and led a marine parade of some 200 commercial and pleasure craft through the Ship Canal to Lake Union and Lake Washington. A carnival and fireworks attracted an estimated 50,000 celebrants out to celebrate the opening of the new waterway.

One hundred years later Discovery Modelers committed to creating a scale model of the two-masted steamship for display during the Ship Canal centennial celebrations. Model maker Clayton Naset was recruited to carry out the work with his funding coming from King County 4Culture and others.

A reception was held May 7, 2017 at the Locks to honor Naset. Interpretive signage and brochures, funded by King County 4Culture, tell the tale of this storied vessel. The six-foot model is on long-term loan to the Corps of Engineers and on display in the Locks Administration Building. 

 


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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.

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