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David Buerge – Virginia Marie Folkins Award
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by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair

Unfortunately, author David Buerge was called away at the last moment due to an illness in the family so he was unable to attend the AKCHO Awards Program and receive the Virginia Marie Folkins Award in person. The award is presented every year to the author of an outstanding historical publication, and Buerge was selected for his new book, Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name.

This is the first thorough historical account of Chief Seattle and his times – the story of a half century of tremendous flux, turmoil, and violence during which a Native American war leader became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful hybrid racial community.  (more…)


Hal and Fran Seike – Willard Jue Memorial Award for Volunteers
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The Seike Garden, part of the Highline Botanical Garden in SeaTac

by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair

The Seikes were unable to attend the AKCHO 2018 Awards Ceremony, but their longtime contribution as volunteers was given a warm round of applause by audience members attending the event.

Each Thursday, 90-year-old veteran Hal Seike and his 87-year-old wife Fran, tend to the Seike Japanese Garden at the Highline Botanical Garden in SeaTac. It is a memorial, a haven, and – for Hal – a reason to keep going after a life of intense adversity. Hal is the last surviving of three brothers and the garden is dedicated to his brother Toll, a Nisei killed at age 21 in World War II. They make the drive from their home to the botanical garden and spend three or so hours pulling weeds and raking leaves. They have been married for 62 years. Each time they visit, they pass a large wooden sign on which is a black and white photo of a young Army solider. That is Toll Seike, the middle of the three brothers. The garden is a tribute to him. According to Hal “We go there rain or shine, drenched to the bone. I’ve been out there in the snow, I’m really kind of sentimental about it. That’s got my family name on it.” (more…)


Creating exhibits that tell stories
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White River Valley Museum director Patricia Cosgrove

Is displaying a bunch of similar things an exhibit? According to Patricia Cosgrove, no.

The White River Valley Museum director, a recipient of several awards for inspired exhibits, discussed her underlying philosophy for exhibit design at the March AKCHO membership meeting – that the basis for all exhibit design should be to tell a story.

“Take the idea of things and look at them as story-making tools,” Cosgrove encouraged the audience. “Our collections are a bunch of ‘things’ waiting for their chance to tell a story.” (more…)


Navigating to Alki
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Log House Museum

This exhibit features early maps of the Duwamish Peninsula, which tell the story of the growth and development of Alki and the northern end of the Duwamish Peninsula through 1907. Drawing upon the historical maps collection of the United States Coast Survey and scholarly work assembling the history of the Duwamish people, guest curator Phil Hoffman demonstrates the progression from a “land untouched” prior to the European-American exploration to emergence as a residential, recreation and industrial center.

The Log House Museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 PM. It is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW in West Seattle.


History is more than human
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Author Frederick Brown and AKCHO member Fran Clifton

Dr. Frederick Brown spoke to AKCHO members at AKCHO’s February 2018 membership meeting. The author of last year’s AKCHO Award-winning book, The City Is More Than Human, Brown makes the argument that Seattle wouldn’t exist without animals.

“Materially and culturally, animals have shaped the area’s transformation,” he wrote in the introduction to his book, and at the AKCHO meeting, he detailed the many ways that animals have participated in the development of this place – as food, as labor, and as companions. (more…)



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