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2016 Heritage Project Grant Award Recipients Announced


April 19, 2016



Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


2016 Heritage Project Grant Award Recipients Announced


The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office recently awarded $50,000 in 2016 Heritage Project Grant funding to eight Tacoma organizations in support of projects that increase public awareness and access to Tacoma’s history. The grants were awarded on Wednesday, April 13, to the following recipients:  


  • Fort Nisqually Foundation: Awarded $3,900 for the “Saving Fort Nisqually” exhibit that illustrates the significance of the preservation and relocation of the Fort’s historic buildings.
  • Job Carr Cabin Museum: Awarded $1,250 for the annual Pioneer Days Festival, which highlights Job Carr and Tacoma’s pioneer history.
  • Buffalo Soldiers Museum: Awarded $5,000 for the Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future event to increase awareness of the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, as well as honor Pierce County’s military history.
  • Urban Grace Church: Awarded $4,050 for a Historic Structures Report, by Artifacts Consulting, to guide future upgrades and maintenance decisions.
  • Tacoma Historical Society: Awarded $14,737 for the development and installation of three exhibits: “Mapping Tacoma,” “Tacoma’s Dry Goods and Wet Goods: Nineteenth Century Jewish Pioneers,” and “City of Creation”— and a companion book on Tacoma’s Jewish history.
  • Northwest Leadership Foundation: Awarded $5,176 for the development of the Tacoma Back Stage Pass, a bus tour of historical sites related to social justice in Tacoma.
  • Foss Waterway Seaport: Awarded $13,887 for the development and installation of new exhibit, “First Navigators: Native Americans of the South Sound Waterfront,” focusing on the life of the Puyallup People along the waterfront.
  • Shanaman Sports Museum: Awarded $2,000 for the transferring of archival material into an online Sports Museum Flipbook.


“We’re really pleased to be able to financially support local heritage projects and organizations,” said Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight.  “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects.”


For more information on the Heritage Project Grant, visit cityoftacoma.org/HeritageGrant or contact Historic Preservation Coordinator Lauren Hoogkamer at lhoogkamer@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5254.