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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Cami Petersen, Historic Commission Staff, 360-754-3355 ext. 6348

Thurston County Historic Commission Awards 2017 Preservation Grants
Program is managed by the Thurston County Historic Commission

OLYMPIA - Historic preservation programs in Thurston County have been given a boost, thanks to grants authorized Friday, December 16th by the Board of County Commissioners. Funding for the grants comes under an enactment from the 2005 legislature that sets aside $1 from each $5 historic document recording fee collected by the county auditor. The grant program is managed by the Thurston County Historic Commission who review and recommend funding in compliance with guidelines established by the Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners approved funding for seven requests for 2017 heritage grant funding totaling $29,600.

The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked ten complete applications. Seven grant applications were awarded funding as listed below -

  • City of Lacey/Lacey Museum - Image and catalogue the first and only city newspaper, the Lacey Leader Phase II of the project, $5,000
  • City of Tenino - Replace the northern portion of the Tenino Quarry House roof, $5,000
  • City of Olympia - A reconnaissance-level survey of 75 blocks of historic downtown Olympia, $5,000
  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation - Catalog and re-house 292 pieces of Olympia Brewing Company advertising artwork dating from the 1930s - 1970s, $5,000
  • Woman's Club of Olympia - Repair column bases that support the porch and balcony at the Woman's Club of Olympia, $5,000
  • Brighton Park Grange - Replace electrical box and update wiring in the main hall, $2,600
  • Centennial Garden Foundation - Adding several varieties of well researched historic roses known to have grown in Thurston County during the time of statehood, $2,000

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3