Part of Spanaway’s pioneer history will get a fresh look through special funding for local historic preservation.
A grant for $2,000 from the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund has been awarded to Spanaway Historical Society, which will use the money to put new roofs on the milk and blacksmith sheds at the Prairie House Museum.
The museum, which includes a farmhouse, a barn, a log cabin and several outbuildings provides educational activities and interpretation of pioneer life in Pierce County.
The Spanaway project is one of two in Pierce County and five statewide that are receiving Sivinski grants for 2014. In addition to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Curran House, a National Register of Historic Places structure in University Place, the other projects are in Index (the Bush House Inn), Ritzville (downtown redevelopment) and Kennewick (restoration of a carousel). All of the grants are in the amounts of $2,000 or $1,000.
The grants are allocated annually through Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for organizations that are working to preserve local historic resources. A spokesman said the local level is preservation projects “really happen.”
Since 1998, more than 100 projects have received nearly $100,000 combined. Funding for the grant program is from private donations to the trust, which is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that was founded in 1976. Information about the program is available at preservewa.org/washington-preserves-fund.aspx and 206-624-9449.