The NEW Highline Heritage Museum coming soon to Old Burien
We have begun renovating our building at 819 SW 152nd Street in Burien. Architect David Clark’s initial rendering of the building is shown here. The false brick facade on the east wall may be removed and the original siding restored. There will be a 5 foot overhang on the north and east walls so visitors can walk to the entrance under cover. Faces of our diverse Highline population will be shown on the exterior of the building. Many are former prominent citizens, Trustees, and others representative of those that have moved here from other countries.
We have a goal of being ready for exhibit installation seven months after construction begins. With a lot of hard work, and a lot of help from all of you reading this, we are hoping to be open for business as a museum mid-2018.
How can you help, you ask?
We have a continuing need for capital funding, and can use everyone’s assistance with exhibit research and development. For example, if you have lived here for many years you might help with “proofing” our exhibits to make certain the detail in them is correct. Call Curator Nancy McKay to see if she has a project you can help with. She can be reached at 253-670-1398.
If you would like to learn about various funding and naming opportunities please contact Cyndi Upthegrove at 206-246-6354. We have opportunities at every funding level and need your help. You can join the 300+ Highline residents that have donated to this project.
The Society has been able to begin the museum project thanks to two recent large grants. The first was a grant in the amount of $328,000 from the WA Capital Heritage Fund, a fund made available on a competitive basis by the legislature every two years. This grant has required a 2:1 match from us. The second was a grant in the amount of $1 million from 4Culture. The funding for their recent round of capital funding came from the final payoff of the bonds for the Kingdome. (Photo by Michael Brunk, nwlens.com)
Remember the Kingdome?
Back in 1987 the legislature determined that any surplus funding from the sale of Kingdome bonds would be directed to Arts and Heritage projects in King County. Last Spring the final payments on the long gone Kingdome were finally paid and $28 million in surplus dollars were made available to cultural organizations throughout King County. In a very competitive environment and with quite restrictive requirements, we received a million dollars for the Highline Heritage Museum. These two grants have given us the base funding to begin the museum. We still need the assistance of the community to complete this project. Can you become a member? Can you donate a few dollars to the museum building fund? Can you volunteer a few hours to help make this something really special?
See our 2015-2016 Annual Report