Ask Gov. Jay Inslee, state legislators to fully fund WA heritage preservation in 2017

Fort Ward Community Hall supporters:

As you know, our historic bakery building restoration has been recommended for $92,000 in state support in 2017, under the WA Heritage Capital Projects Fund program.

postcard-1Now we’re asking Gov. Jay Inslee and our legislators to fully fund the program in the upcoming state budget – and we hope you will join us in that call.

Since 1997, the WA State Historical Society has administered more than $67 million through the HCPF to help projects across the state that preserve our rich heritage, and tell the collective story of who we are as Washingtonians, by restoring heritage sites like our own Fort Ward bakery. This key state support has generated an additional $135 million in local investment, preserving cherished sites for public enjoyment.

Thirty-five projects have been recommended for funding in the 2017-19 biennium, and the Fort Ward Community Hall ranks No. 6 on this prioritized list – a tremendous endorsement for our Bainbridge Island project.

postcard-2  We urge Gov. Inslee to support all of these projects by including $8.985 million for the Heritage Capital Projects Fund in the state’s Capital Budget. This would ensure funding for the full list while generating nearly $18 million in additional local investment.

If you support the Fort Ward Community Hall project and historic preservation on Bainbridge and across our state, please contact Gov. Inslee and voice your support for a fully funded Heritage Capital Projects Fund.

Please email your support to Gov. Inslee and his staff:

Gov. Jay Inslee:

David Postman, Chief of Staff to WA Gov. Jay Inslee:

Kelly Wicker, Deputy Chief of Staff:

David Schumacher, Director, Office of Financial Management:

And include our local legislators:

State Sen. Christine Rolfes:

State Rep. Sherry Appleton:

State Rep. Drew Hansen:

You can find the entire Heritage Capital Projects Fund prioritized projects list at the WA State Historical Society website. You’ll see the many outstanding preservation efforts underway across Washington.

Please support the Heritage Capital Projects Fund, and support Washington history. Contact Gov. Jay Inslee today.