Thurston County grants nearly $41,000 for historic preservation efforts

lpemberton@theolympian.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Wearing 1800's-era clothing student Lazarus Williams (right) listens to instructions for playing "Wink-em", a frontier period game that helped young people learn to socialize from Robert Cooksey, who teaches the Tumwater Middle School Homesteaders class.The game was part of the Homesteaders' 25th anniversary party and student reunion Saturday at the historic Delphi School in 2012. Thurston. The Schoolhouse will benefit from one of nine historic preservation grants awarded in Thurston County.

STEVE BLOOM — Staff photographer

Thurston County Commissioners recently authorized nearly $41,000 in historic preservation grants to the following programs for 2014:

• Olympia Tumwater Foundation, $5,000 to support a pilot project for school field trips to the Tumwater Historic District.

• Bigelow House Preservation Association, $5,000 for the house’s Gothic bedroom restoration project.

• Delphi Community Club, $5,000 for a re-roof of the Dephi Schoolhouse.

• Lacey Museum, $1,004 for software and multimedia upgrades for the museum.

• Rainier Historical Society, $5,000 to help renovate two rooms and the entry of the historic Rainier School.

• Sand Man Foundation, $4,940 for renovations including an electric charging system and roof repair for the tugboat.

• City of Olympia, $5,000 for the Heritage Commission’s alley naming and improvement project.

• City of Tenino, $4,970 for the city’s kiosk signage and historic mural.

• Old Brewhouse Foundation, $5,000 for the Old Brewhouse History mobile project.

The funding comes from setting aside $1 from each $5 historic document recording fee that is collected by the Thurston County auditor. The grant program is managed by the Thurston County Historic Commission.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

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