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National History Day 2018
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Categories: Education
Right now, students across the state are diligently working on History Day projects ranging from papers to presentations and websites to documentaries. 
See their work at one of seven regional contests, held from late February through March. These events are full of energy and inspiration – for locations, times and dates, check here.
The state contest will be held Saturday, April 21, at Green River College in Auburn. 
History Day is a cherished annual opportunity for more than a thousand students across our state. The Historical Society is proud to be the coordinating agency. 
Judges and volunteers are needed at all levels; learn more about volunteering here, or email Katie DeMar-Aldrich, National History Day coordinator.


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…)


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…)


NAAM names new exec director
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LaNesha DeBardelaben will soon be taking the helm at the Northwest African American Museum

LaNesha DeBardelaben has been named the new Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle. Her 15+ year career in museums has been spent in Michigan, most recently as Senior Vice President of Education & Exhibitions at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. At the Wright Museum, which is the nation’s second largest African American museum, DeBardelaben was instrumental in managing successful educational, exhibition, and community initiatives and led the Wright Museum through two valuable Museum Assessment Programs (MAP) to enhance museum practice. LaNesha began her career in museums in 2001 at the National Museum of Kenya in Africa, and has studied museum and library management in England and Germany.  (more…)


Inclusive futures for museums
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Nicole Ivy talks with an audience member after her presentation at Washington Hall

In Washington Hall, a place that has soaked up the creative vibes of everyone from Duke Ellington to Elvis Costello, Marian Anderson to Mark Morris, and Danish theatrical productions in the early 1900s to Nu Black Arts West Theatre in this century, the spirit of inclusion was operating in full force on the night of December 6 when Dr. Nicole Ivy came to town, courtesy of 4Culture and the University of Washington’s Department of Museology. (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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