From a June 27, 2019, Snohomish County news release.
This year, the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission awarded $100,000 in funding requests.
Mill Creek received $7,806 to partially fund five historic timeline panels commemorating the history of Mill Creek to be displayed in the Mill Creek Town Center.
The commission evaluated the benefits of each historical project for Snohomish County residents and visitors based on promoting the public’s access to county history, professional development, capital improvements and/or collections management.
Twelve out of the eighteen grant applications submitted will be partially or fully funded.
The Historic Preservation Commission 2019 Grant Recipients:
- Camp Fire Camp Killoqua requested assistance with capital improvements to the historic lodge building to repair the roof: $20,087.
- The Stillaguamish Pioneer Museum has original Arlington Times newspapers dating back to 1922. They have completed digitizing from 1922 to the mid-1980s and this request will fund digitizing from 1988 to 1997: $6,084.
- The Stillaguamish Pioneer Museum requested assistance with printing of the fourth installment of a book detailing the stories behind the depiction of buildings and the architects in a historic quilt: $2,472.
- The City of Sultan requested funding to repair an iconic statue in River Park. This statue commemorates Chief Sultan, a local Skykomish Indian who is the city’s namesake: $9,456.
- The Lake Stevens Historical Society requested funding for digitizing a backlog of local newspapers dating from 1986 -2000: $11,500.
- The Granite Falls Historic Society requested funds to publish and distribute a historical fiction novel focused on the town of Monte Cristo in the late 1800’s: $2,399.
- The Snohomish County League of Women Voters will prepare interpretive panels and develop other interpretive materials regarding Missouri Hanna, an early woman publisher and suffragist in the City of Edmonds: $8,000.
- The Stanwood Area Historical Society requested support to restore the original Douglas fir flooring in the Floyd Nygaard Cultural Center which was built in 1902: $10,000.
- The HistoryLink project will add Snohomish County historical information to HistoryLink, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington State history. The focus of this year is on biographies of notable people in Snohomish County history as well as historic places: $6,885.
- The City of Mill Creek will produce and display five historic timeline panels commemorating the history of Mill Creek to be displayed in the Mill Creek Town Center: $7,806.
- The Sky Valley Arts Council requested funding to restore damaged plaster surrounding the stage for the Startup Event Center: $10,000.
- The City of Snohomish will develop a short-loop walking tour of downtown Snohomish which will include a permanent historic interpretive exhibit in Historic Downtown Snohomish: $5,311.
In 2007, the Snohomish County Council created the Historic Preservation Commission to provide assistance with carrying out a variety of functions related to the protection and preservation of archeological and historic resources.
The commission utilizes a recording document surcharge of $1 to help fund historical programs. The funding from the recording fee is used to provide preservation information and also to fund projects preserving the uniqueness of Snohomish County’s local history.
The Big Decision: Centers on the decision to incorporate, as well as a visual look at annexation over time. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.