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Preservation Special Projects funding

Application deadline: 2/28/2018, 5 PM

Preservation Special Projects funds the activities that are the building blocks of preserving our historic buildings and spaces in King County: neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, building assessments, planning projects, hiring experts, advocacy efforts, and more. To learn more about this opportunity and funding requirements, click here.

To get help with your application, plan to attend one of the following workshops:

Jan 18, 12 PM – 4Culture Office
Jan 24, 12 PM – Valley View Library [SeaTac]
Jan 31, 12 PM – Lake Forest Park Library
Feb 1, 12 PM – 4Culture Office
Feb 7, 12 PM – Issaquah Library
Feb 14, 12 PM – Auburn Library
Feb 15, 12 PM – 4Culture Office

For more information, contact Brandi Link, or 206-263-1593.


4Culture Heritage Projects funding

Deadline: 3/7/2018, 5 PM

As historians and researchers in King County work to uncover our region’s history, we learn more about where we come from and where we can go. Through Heritage Projects, 4Culture supports the people and organizations in King County who are making history relevant and provocative through exhibits, publications, oral histories, and more.

For more information, click here.  If you have questions, contact 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter, 206-263-1586 or


AKCHO past, present and future – please join us in 2018!
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Nancy Salguero McKay, Highline Historical Society, and Kim Owens, Renton History Museum, view AKCHO’s display board at UW Museology Program’s Internship Fair. Photo credit Barbara McMichael

by Virginia Wright, AKCHO Treasurer

As the year 2017 winds down we look back at a year of excellent monthly AKCHO member meetings, which provided members with the opportunity to visit interesting locations throughout the county, along with professional education and networking activities relevant to our sector of the arts and culture community. We also gathered as a group at our Annual Meeting for Members and celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of some of the individuals and organizations within the history and heritage community at our annual Awards Program. (more…)


Nominate your project for an AASLH Award
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Are you a heritage organization who has accomplished a noteworthy exhibit, program, project, or publication in the last 18 months? Nominations are now open for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards and you can self-nominate. You do not need to be an AASLH member to apply. The deadline is March 1, 2018. For more details, go to or contact state coordinator Elizabeth P. Stewart at


Allied Arts of Renton: The First Fifty Years

Allied Arts of Renton celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014. To honor their achievements, Barbara Nilson, an AKCHO Award-winning author as well as a lifetime member of Allied Arts, compiled a 170-page book on the group’s history, which is also a history of the City of Renton since 1964. Allied Arts was actually formed in 1963 but became official June 2, 1964.

An attempt was made by Nilson to include minutes and/or letters concerning each group of officers over the years and their amazing projects. Allied Arts has sponsored the Annual Art show which was initiated in 1965, and colored photos of the event are included as are pages of the popular Chalk Art competition and the dedication of the Performing Arts Center. Nancy Osborn, a former AAR president, was the instigator for building the Arts Center; a listing of contributors is included in the book. Among the group’s numerous art projects are the sponsorship of student musicians and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert each year. AAR has also purchased numerous paintings for Renton that are depicted in the book and hanging in City Hall. (more…)



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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