Applications Open for Heritage & Preservation

Vietnamese American youths video, "Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror" exhibit opening reception © 2013, photo by Toryan Dixon
Vietnamese American youths video, "Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror" exhibit opening reception © 2013, photo by Toryan Dixon

Heritage Projects & Preservation Special Projects Deadline Feb. 26th, 2014

Oral history component, "Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror" exhibit © 2013, courtesy of the Wing Luke Museum
Oral history component, “Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror” exhibit © 2013, courtesy of the Wing Luke Museum

Towards the beginning of each new year, 4Culture offers competitive Project grants to all residents of King County, Washington (be they individuals or organizations), who are seeking support for thoughtful, creative, and diverse history-based or historic preservation-related projects. The 2014 deadline for Heritage Projects and Preservation Special Projects is Wednesday, February 26th at 5PM, PST. We’ve made a few changes to the guidelines this year, including a staff change and more concise definitions of what we mean by “Heritage” and “Preservation” projects to make it clear what these two separate programs support.

The Preservation Special Projects program (in its second year) offers funding for neighborhood survey/inventory, landmark registration and other historic preservation planning-based projects. Through this program, 4Culture is also looking to support projects that highlight historic places in innovative ways and engage groups new to preservation. In 2013, the Neely Mansion Association received funding to hire a preservation architect to develop a restoration plan of the 1930 Hori Family furo (bathhouse), situated behind the Aaron Neely Mansion near Auburn. A rare and unusual resource type, the bathhouse is in critical condition due to its age and use as a storage shed, prior to the Association owning the property.

Hori Furo bathhouse, Auburn © 2013, courtesy of Neely Mansion Association
Hori Family furo (bathhouse) & Neely Mansion, Auburn © 2013, courtesy of Neely Mansion Association

While the story of the Neely family has been well documented at the site, the Association would like to shed more light on the story of the immigrant farmers who leased the property for many decades after the Neelys moved to town. The preservation plan, including drawings and costs for future restoration of the bathhouse, will help document the Hori family’s impact and presence on the site – highlighting this historic property in a new way. For more information about types of eligible projects and requirements for applying, visit the program’s webpage. Preservation Lead, Flo Lentz is the person to contact about questions or ideas related to this program, call (206) 296-8682 or email her at any time prior to the deadline.

The Heritage Projects program funds the research, exhibition and interpretation of the people, places, and things that make King County history unique. In past years, this program has funded books, tour guides, brochures, media projects, museum exhibits and programs, and education curriculum – all covering local heritage themes, content, and/or resources.

Revealing a print, Schooner Kids 'What Boat is That?' project © 2013, photo by Curtis Yu
Revealing a print, Schooner Kids ‘What Boat is That?’ project © 2013, photo by Curtis Yu

Last year, Schooner Kids “What Boat is That?” wrapped up, a pilot program that set out to teach children about historical boats of King County aboard the antique wooden Schooner LAVENGRO, through hands on sail-training, stories, and art projects. With funding from Heritage Projects, maritime specialists Curtis Yu and Kim Carver developed and lead the program (partnering with Center for Wooden Boats for use of their dock space), to teach pre-K children about the importance of the maritime industry & its history in our region. For examples of other types of projects funded through this program, and more information about the requirements and application materials, visit the program’s webpage. Beginning this year, the new staff contact for Heritage Projects is program manager, Brandi Link. Call her at (206) 298-8707, email her or come to a free workshop to talk with her about your proposed project. She is happy to listen and answer any & all questions about this opportunity.

So remember, if it happened in King County and you want to document it, check out these programs’ guidelines and contact the program manager about your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!