Grants will benefit historic sites

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.