Historic Preservation

The Everett Herald Sunday Opinion piece made an unusual plea in support of preserving its historic places:  “Preserving A City’s History” Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012,  IN OUR VIEW: Everett’s downtown heritage

We who have a passionate interest  in preserving our historic places are very appreciative of this editorial.   We are perhaps often too complacent about the economic arguments for the cost effectiveness of replacing historic buildings.   We are forced to honor still useful buildings by replacing them with “”It Stood Here Once” plaques” as the editorial says.  Indeed,  a recent positive preservaStanwood City Hall, 2012tion example by the City of Stanwood  suggests an opposite reaction to funding limitation:
Funds for a new Stanwood City Hall building were just not available at this time and the City found a way to repair the stucco, paint and adapt the now unique design and character of the building.  The building looks fresh and inviting once again.  And the taxpayers paid far less for this improvement, not to mention increasing is re-sale value if it ever decides it needs more space for city operations in the future.
I only add that not only is it buildings that are worthy of preservation, but our local historical societies collections.   Think of them this year in your giving considerations.  See our list of local heritage groups on the right side of this page and select the community of your choice as a worthy recipient of much needed dollars for preserving local history for our futures.
Karen Prasse
Current President,
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations.

Announcing – Snohomish County Heritage Day and Malstrom Award Luncheon

Save the Date –Saturday March 17th, 2012
9 am – 3 pm
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center   27130 102nd Ave NW    Stanwood WA

The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations Board has decided to expand its traditional Malstrom Awards Luncheon to include more opportunities for sharing ideas on history projects in and around Snohomish County. Volunteers, staff, board members, docents of our local heritage groups are invited to participate in several workshops and meetings for heritage organizations.  The workshops are designed as refreshers and to do some brainstorming on new ideas for historic preservation, exhibits, programming, education and school projects, genealogy and collections management.

Topics of the workshops include sponsorships/fund- raising, “High Tech History from Granite Falls, school programs (history day), historic preservation, mobile museums, exhibits, Snohomish County Mapping Project, volunteer recruitment, working with Past Perfect and collection management.
Heritage groups and individuals are invited to bring tabletop displays of recent projects and publications to sell.  Tables will be available around the perimeter of the main hall so all who attend will have a chance to converse informally with each other.

There is sure to be more than one topic here of interest to board members, staff, researchers, writers, volunteers and docents of our heritage groups of Snohomish County and surrounding counties. Details and registration information are now posted here.

Special thanks to the Stanwood Area Historical Society for hosting this event at their wonderful historic buildings – the D. O. Pearson House, the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center (former Public Hall) and History Museum.

Special note:
The League Board Annual Meeting for Board member elections will be held January 9th 2012 at10 am. All League members and more than one representative from each group are encouraged to join us at this meeting also in Stanwood at the Floyd. Nominations are open for new League Board members.

The Malstrom Award Nominations for projects completed in 2011 will be due Friday January 20th, 2012.

Home Tour & Restoration Fair – Sept 10, 10am-4pm

Home Tour and Restoration Fair Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about keeping up old houses and the values of your treasured antiques.  This annual event is a chance to connect with experts in identifying house styles and finding information about preserving them.  See the Historiceverett.org website for ticket details.

Historic Preservation Commissions need you!

Hi All,
Please read and/or forward the information below from the website of the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission.  I’d like to encourage volunteers to apply to become Commissioners.  It is a way to add your voice to the dialog of how important it is to preserve the County’s historic places that still have decades of productive use as historic buildings, community, business and residential spaces.  This includes public works as well – bridges and roadway and agricultural landscapes.   There are many places, buildings and structures that can be re-purposed with thoughtful and creative thinking, preserving their historical character, without building out into our farmlands and creating more costly infrastructure.

Oso Elementary School

Oso Elementary School

The Commission serves as the public voice to the County Council and must take a proactive role.  It helps landowners and historic structure owners recognize the value of their historic properties and now also decides on the application of the Community Heritage Program – recipients of County grants that fund heritage programs throughout the County.  Recent examples include the Granite Falls Historical Mapping Project and the Western Heritage Center. If you live in a City that has its own Commission – support their work as well – (Edmonds, Snohomish, Everett)

Please consider adding your voice to this group and contact Wendy Becker (see the information below.)
Karen Prasse
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations

Historic Preservation Commission

Snohomish County values its historic buildings, sites, structures and objects.  Through the Historic Preservation Commission, Snohomish County seeks to identify, preserve and protect significant historic and archaeological properties that celebrates the rich history of Snohomish County. The Historic Preservation Commission offers a number of services to support preservation efforts of these irreplaceable county assets:

  • A local register of historic places
  • Special Valuation Tax incentives for historic building rehabilitation
  • Educational resources and contacts
  • A guide to the three-tiered register system:

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Becker, Economic and Cultural Development Officer

3000 Rockefeller  MS 411
Everett, WA 98201
425.388.3186

Meeting times and details:
The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public.

6th Floor Conference Room 6A02
Snohomish County Administration Building East
3000 Rockefeller Ave.  Downtown Everett
Directions to the Meeting

Recruiting members to represent Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Commission is now accepting applications for new members.  Please contact Wendy Becker (425) 388-3186 for additional information.

Malstrom Award Luncheon Invitations

Malstrom Award Luncheon invitations will be mailed this week but you may download the invitation here.

Our program this year will beReading Between the Lines: The Stories Old Buildings Tell Us (click for more info)

By Michael Herschensohn, Architectural Historian & Preservation Planner.

Click here for pdf invitation form

Humanities Washington Inquiring Minds

Humanities Washington Inquiring Minds