Thurston County Historic Commission Awards 2012 Preservation Grants

OlympiaOLYMPIA – Historic preservation programs in Thurston County have been given a boost, thanks to grants authorized today (1-10-12) 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 the six top-ranked grant applications, as recommended by the Historic Commission. County Commissioners also approved an additional grant which will fund  the purchase of a robotic pool cleaner for the Tenino Quarry Pool, recently recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of Thurston County.


The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked thirteen applications.  Seven grant applications were awarded 2012 grant funding totaling as listed below –


  • State Capital Museum– Native Olympia – Finding Native American History in Olympia.  $5,000


  • Bigelow House Preservation Association – Bigelow House shed stabilization and assessment. $5,000


  • Tumwater Historical Association- 2012 Thurston County “Through the Decades” event expansion. $5000


  • Olympia Downtown Association – Olympia Heritage Corridor – research phase to create interpretive historical signage highlighting significant people and events.  $4,250


  • City of Rainier – Replacement of electrical wiring in the Rainier School and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  $5,000


  • Lacey Museum – Continued digitization and transcription of daily diaries and speech notes of pioneer George H. Himes. $5,000


  • Tenino Chamber of Commerce – Purchase a robotic pool cleaner for the Tenino Quarry Pool.  $5,000
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