[Loscho_Enews] County Awards Funding to Heritage Projects

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Mon May 9 10:53:37 PDT 2016

Snohomish County Awards Funding to Heritage Projects

 A historic mural damaged by storm water, fragile newspapers brittle and
vulnerable to exposure, and interpretive signs aged by the elements are all
items of local history that will receive professional repair and
restoration thanks to funds provided by the 2016 Community Heritage Grant
Program sponsored by the Snohomish County Historic Preservation
Commission.  Seven projects in all will receive matching funds.

“Receiving funds from the Historic Preservation Commission’s Community
Heritage program has been such a boost for our project,” said Eileen
Simmons, Director of the Everett Public Library.  “Not only does it provide
a much-needed infusion of money, but it also puts a “seal of approval” from
the heritage community on our project.”

25 years after it suffered major water damage, restoration work has begun
on the last of three murals painted by John Theodore “Ted” Jacobsen in the
historic 1934 lobby of the Everett Public Library. The 29” x 8’ mural
requires extensive cleaning, retouching, and a final protective coat to
save the plaster mural, original to the building.

“Money is awarded from recording fees collected by the Snohomish County
Auditor,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive. “The allocation of
these fees are for projects that promote historic preservation or
historical programs.  The diversity and breadth of the projects awarded are
a testament to the value Snohomish County places on local history and our
shared heritage.”

Other grant recipients will use the money to repair, restore, and paint the
siding of the historic Startup Gym in Sultan, purchase archival storage
supplies to protect artifacts at the Edmonds Museum, and print the first
edition of a book detailing the original pioneer properties and historic
buildings in the Arlington area.

In total, $32,927 was awarded. Projects must be complete by December 31st,
2016 and are reimbursed after the projects’ completion. Grant funding is
available on an annual basis and typically becomes available in the first
quarter of the calendar year.

For more information on the program, contact Wendy Poischbeg at (425)
388-3186 or wendy.poischbeg at snoco.org.

2016 Community Heritage Grant Recipients:

1.     Alderwood Manor Heritage Association Project: ---Historic
Interpretive Project Now and Then: Lynnwood – Alderwood Manor Grant Award:

2.     City of Arlington Project: ---Historic Interpretive Project Grant
Award: $5,333

3.     Edmonds South Snohomish County Historical Society Project:
---Collections Stewardship Project Grant Award: $4,507

4.     Friends of the Everett Public Library Project: ---Restoration of
Historic Ted Jacobsen Mural Grant Award: $5,500

5.     Monroe Historical Society   ---Project: Historic Newspaper
Digitization Grant Award: $4,220

6.     Sky Valley Arts Council  ---Project: Restoration of the Startup Gym
Grant Award: $10,000

7.     Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association  ---Project: Red Work
Historical Quilt Grant Award: $1,651

Karen Prasse
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations
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