Seattle City Light Seeks Historic Preservation Strategic Advisor

This is a permanent half‐time position to provide strategic guidance to the Division Director on educational, interpretive, and planning work for City Light projects that involve significant historic or cultural resources and compliance responsibilities. One of the first responsibilities of this position will be to lead efforts related to the restoration and use of the Georgetown Steam Plant which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Historic Landmark. This work will include developing improved public access to the property; coordinating existing uses of the building; establishing a community involvement process to identify and implement future uses for the building; and working with the National Park Service, volunteers, and other organizations to form an Advisory Committee to develop the future program for the facility and offer tours and exhibits. In addition, the position will assist with other related planning work in the Division as needed.

For more info see: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp

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WA Trust Announces Sivinski Preservation Grant Deadline

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Announces
2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 6, 2014.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 104 projects totaling over $96,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include services such as hiring professional expertise for the production of as-built drawings, a Historic Structures Report (HSR), or a feasibility study for the adaptive use of a historic resource. “The Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund enables preservation to happen at the local level, assisting with projects that highlight the heritage and history of communities across the state,” notes Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust. “From boat docks to log cabins to schoolhouses, program funding reaches a unique assortment of resources that matter to Washington.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as refurbishing original doors on the pioneer-era Bush Hotel in Index, restoring neon lighting on the marquee of the art deco Ritz Theatre in Ritzville, and roof replacement of the milk house/blacksmith shop at the Prairie House Museum in Spanaway. “With its 2015 funding cycle, the Washington Trust is renewing its focus on providing grants for projects that represent the day-to-day activities and events of our past,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund. “An authentic sense of place is important for any community – this grant program reaffirms the impact historic sites have on informing our shared past.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Monday, October 6, 2014. Applications submitted via email must be received by 5pm that day. If a hard copy is being sent via U.S. Mail, application materials must be postmarked no later than October 6, 2014. All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservewa.org/Washington-Preserves-Fund.aspx. For additional questions about the application and for information on donating to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, please contact Cathy Wickwire at 206-624-9449 or via email at cwickwire@preservewa.org.

Mission of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust addresses its mission through the annual Most Endangered Historic Properties List, educational tours of its landmark headquarters, the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle, conferences and training workshops, a quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy. Visit the Trust website at www.preservewa.org for more information.

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LEWIS COUNTY’S HISTORIC COURTHOUSE CELEBRATION

Lewis County’s historic Courthouse located in downtown Chehalis is joining the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate, the County is hosting a grand party on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Come attired in period dress from the 1920s and enjoy tours and other events.  Also, admire the rehabilitation work that Lewis County has been working on to bring back the building’s architectural grandeur, taking advantage of the State’s Historic County Courthouse Preservation Grant funding. For more information visit www.lewiscounty.wa.gov or call 360-740-1120. 1633_0011633_001.

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TRANSITIONS AT DAHP: MEGAN AND SUSAN SOON DEPARTING

Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is saying goodbye to two great staff members this summer, Megan Duvall and Susan Goff.  Megan is following her  passion for historic preservation back to her hometown of Spokane, while Susan is retiring from State service and catch up on her many interests, including maintaining her historic farmhouse near Olympia.