Snohomish County Heritage Preservation Program now Accepting Applications for 2014 projects
“Preserving the past, building the future”

Snohomish County is currently accepting applications from public and nonprofit agencies for projects that develop and promote heritage preservation in the county. By providing matching funds on a competitive basis, the Community Heritage Program supports projects that promote the public’s access to county history. Funding is available for professional development, public education, capital improvements or collections management.

Money is awarded from recording fees collected by the Snohomish County Auditor. The allocation of these fees for projects that “promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents” is authorized under RCW 36.22.170. The revenues accrue to a dedicated fund and may not be used for any purposes other than those stipulated in the RCW.
As has been done in the past, the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission will review applications and make recommendations to the Snohomish County Executive and County Council for final approval.

Previous awards have been used to create a cyber-tour of heritage landmarks, purchase archival materials for storing museum artifacts and the digitalization of brittle newspaper collections.
Funds will be available beginning in June and will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who can complete their proposed projects by Dec. 15, 2014. Funds are REINBURSED FOR APPROVED PROJECT COSTS ONLY. Historically, project allocations have averaged about $3,500.

Details of eligibility and other program requirements are included in the application package, which must be filled out and returned to the Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Development by 5 p.m. Monday, April 7. Applications received after that time and date will not be considered.

Applications are available by contacting the Office of Economic Development at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S #411, Everett, WA, 98201.
For more information on the program, contact Wendy Becker at 425-388-3186 or wendy.becker at

2013 recipients were:

  • Edmonds South Snohomish County Historical Society (website and 40th anniversary program funding)
  •  ($1300 funded 8 new Snohomish County files)
  • Marysville Historical Society (newspaper digitization)
  • Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Assn/Museum (newspaper digitization of the Arlington Times)
  • Stillaguamisih Valley Genealogical Society (website upgrade with added informational content)
  • Monroe Historical Society (newspaper digitization)
  • City of Bothell


The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations invites individuals and groups to submit nominations for their heritage projects in Snohomish County completed in 2013.

The League’s Malstrom Awards are offered to recognize outstanding contributions to preserving our heritage in Snohomish County and to share experience, skills and resources. We encourage and welcome applications of all types and sizes to help acknowledge those that may go unnoticed outside of our local communities.

Eligible activities include historic preservation of architecture, cultural sites, historical or genealogical research/collections, exhibits, publications (print and online), video/film and museum work. While an individual may be named to represent the project, it is usually the project and not the individual for which the award is made.

Mail Nominations to: Margaret Riddle 4715 Greely St. Everett, WA 98203 425-355-7741

Malstrom Applications due Feb 15th, 2014

Beginning this year, if there are more than two publications nominated, there may be two awards given, one for a publication and one for a project.

The winner will be announced and honored at this year’s Heritage Day luncheon, March 1, 2014.

You can find an application on the League website at

League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations banner and logoPlease join us for Chocolate Cake and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations at the historic Waltz Building.
The meeting will be held on Saturday morning January 11th, 2014. 10 am – Noon.

All members are encourage to attend to elect new officers and trustees.
The agenda will focus on the Malstrom Award Luncheon and Heritage Day planning to be held March 1st, 2014.
Mark your calendars
New members always welcome – see our About us page to join!

Karen Prasse
Current VP
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations

There are many local histories to learn about Snohomish County area communities, families, businesses and events – Check them out at your local library or heritage organization.

Tulalip, From My Heart
Images of America Early Monroe
Early Snohomish Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)
River, Rail and Road : A Pictorial History of Stanwood and East Stanwood
Silvana and the Stillaguamish Valley by Karine R. Smith
DVD - Where is All Began
Images of America : Alderwood Manor
Stuck In the Mud : A History of Warm Beach Washington
The Story Of A Great Forest 1888 to 1951 by Will H. Verd Published by his daughter Helen Starr and  grandson Larry Starr
Maltby and Neighbors by Elsie Mann
Snohomish County : An Illustrated History

Below are some links for family history resources and questions – start planning a project for family visits this holiday season.  They don’t have to be long, they don’t have to be formal.  But try one and figure out how it might work best for your family or community.

Family Tree

Library of Congress “Cesky Sternberk Castle CZ family tree” by takato marui on Wiki Commons

For inspiration : Storycorps

Click here for info on interviewing, equipment, and other tech help:

And don’t forget Everett Public Library oral history collection

For more family tree wall art, see


For more help, contact us.




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