The NEW Highline Heritage Museum Coming June 14th, 2019 to Old Burien
The building renovation is complete! Our collections have been safely transported to the space and the museum is coming alive with all the hard work of our volunteers installing exhibit cases and staging the artifacts. It’s now time to organize and display all the amazing stories we have to share.
Our Grand Opening will be June 14th from 4-6pm. We will be cutting the ribbon as a community, so please bring some scissors and let’s do it together!
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. You can join the 300+ Highline residents that have donated to this project.
If you would like to learn about proofing, funding, and naming opportunities we have opportunities at every funding level and need your help. Call Director Nancy McKay to see if she has a project you can help with. She can be reached at 253-670-1398.
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