Pullman Porters & Microsoft Swedes

Mother and son © 2012, photo by Amy Scarfone, courtesy of Seattle Times NIE
Mother and son © 2012, photo by Amy Scarfone, courtesy of Seattle Times NIE

Announcing 2012 Heritage Cultural Education & Special Projects Awards

From the largest applicant pool to date, 4Culture approved funding awards for 41 projects under the 2012 Heritage Special Projects and Heritage Cultural Education programs. Awards totaled $224,099 for 8 cultural education and 33 special projects throughout King County.

A sampling of projects includes, The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education receiving $10,000 through Heritage Cultural Education for The Many Different Cultures of 98118, a proposal to develop curriculum and a teacher’s guide to examine the various cultures within zip code 98118, the most diverse in the U.S. Also funded under the Education program is Cracking the History Code: Salish Stories, with an award of $2,520 going to MOHAI for creation of a hands-on field trip for 3rd to 5th grade students to learn about Coast Salish culture through “scavenger hunt” experiences.

Arctic Circle and Club Cars event © 2012, courtesy of Nordic Heritage Museum
Arctic Circle and Club Cars event © 2012, courtesy of Nordic Heritage Museum.

First time applicant, Andrew Hedden, was awarded $5,450 through Heritage Special Projects to research and collect material for the Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge documentary and website. Built in 1911, this Beacon Hill landmark is was named for a notable local Filipino figure. Hedden’s project will focus on Dr. Rizal, the Seattle Filipino community, and the bridge.

Another new applicant, the Hokubei Hochi Foundation, was awarded $9,990 to digitally scan over 100 years of the North American Times and its successor North American Post, a bilingual English-Japanese newspaper. The project will be documented as a model for replication and provide free public access to the historical information recorded in the newspapers through online resources. The International Examiner was awarded $6,500 for Snapshots in Time: Uncovering King County’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage and Identity, a project to organize and scan over 2000 photographic images from the newspaper’s collection to be used as a historical and educational tool for the broader community.

Other  proposals funded through Heritage Special Projects include $2,575 awarded to Nordic Heritage Museum’s Microsoft Swedes & Boeing Norwegians: Nordic Mobility & Immigration to King County, a symposium highlighting contemporary Scandinavian local settlement. The Northwest African American Museum was awarded $3,300 for Pullman Porters in the Pacific Northwest, an interpretive exhibit to be installed at Seattle Repertory Theatre during the run of the new musical, “Pullman Porter Blues.”