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It has been an unprecedented year for historic preservation in Washington State.

There have been tremendous victories towards our mission of saving the places that matter in Washington. In Spokane, residents voted to designate Browne’s Addition as the city’s newest local historic district. In Seattle, thousands have signed petitions, testified at public meetings, and raised funds in an effort to save The Showbox, one of the 2019 additions to our Most Endangered Places list.

At the state level, legislators passed the most preservation-minded budget I have ever seen in our state, increasing support for Washington Main Street; making the rehabilitation of the Beverly Bridge a reality; continuing funding for our state’s historic barns, courthouses, and cemeteries; and confirming ongoing funding for Washington’s most substantial public historic preservation grant program, the Heritage Capital Projects Fund.

Nationally, the largest public lands bill in more than a decade spurred the creation of the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area, for which the Washington Trust has been named the local coordinating entity. This new National Heritage Area will enable us to work with a range of diverse partners to tell the story of our state’s maritime heritage, from traditional coastal canoe cultures to today’s working waterfronts.

These victories have set the stage for 2020 to be a critical year in the history of our organization and in the preservation community in Washington State. There’s so much to accomplish:  expanding Washington Main Street to serve even more towns and cities with economic revitalization tools. Laying the groundwork for the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area and its many partnerships. Continued support for preservation projects across the state through barn, cemetery, and Sivinski grants. Fighting to save the places that matter in Washington State.

Stand with us. Make a year-end contribution to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Your support plays a crucial role in enabling the Washington Trust to take on these challenges, to grow as an organization and to advance the cause of preservation in our state.

Questions? Contact Development Director Kristy Conrad at kconrad@nullpreservewa.org or 206-624-9449.