Historic Preservation Grant Funds Awarded to Seven Local Organizations
Posted on Tuesday January 30, 2018
Benton County Historic Preservation Grant Program has awarded funds to seven local organizations to use for historic preservation projects or education programs within Benton County.

January 30, 2018

Contact Shyanne Faulconer
Email Shyanne.Faulconer@co.benton.wa.us
Phone (509) 222-3760


Kennewick, WA – Benton County Historic Preservation Grant Program has awarded funds to seven local organizations to use for historic preservation projects or education programs within Benton County.

About Historic Preservation Grant Program

The Historic Preservation Grant (HPG) Program was established by Benton County in 2008 to promote historic preservation or historic education programs within the borders of Benton County and to increase knowledge and service to residents, and better preserve, exhibit, and interpret historic items. Since the program’s first grant cycle in 2009, over $2 million has been granted to local organizations.

This grant program is funded by a $1 document fee, per RCW 36.22.170, used at the discretion of the county commissioners to promote historical preservation or historical programs, including preservation of documents.

About the Grant Programs

This year, the County received nine (9) grant applications from eight (8) different organizations. At this time, eight of those nine programs and/or projects have been funded, and the County is working individually with one of the applicants to revise their proposal to better fit the budget availability for the program. Below are brief summaries of each approved project and/or program:

Benton County Museum & Historical Society’s Special Displays & Artifact Preservation project will purchase special exhibit cases, restore 2 historical quilts, and create custom cases to store a collection of Prosser Record-Bulletin newspapers.

Benton-Franklin Council of Governments’ (BFCOG) Historical Document Preservation & Archiving project will cover the expense of cataloging, organizing, scanning, and archiving documents currently held by the BFCOG and would work in conjunction with the Washington State Archive’s Central Region Branch.

East Benton County Historical Society & Museum’s Conservation, Stabilization, and Accessibility project will upgrade their Past Perfect museum management software, allowing for additional digital storage capacity and users, as well as purchase archival and collections supplies and equipment to stabilize and house objects and artifacts within the museum.

Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership’s Kennewick History Kiosk Upgrade project will restore five (5) kiosks located in Downtown Kennewick. The current kiosks are old, sun-damaged, and some have been vandalized. The project will replace the existing kiosks with new graphics and plexiglass covers.

REACH Museum & Interpretive Center’s Artifact Exhibition & Preservation project will replace some of their existing exhibit furniture and purchase preservation materials for fragile specimens and artifacts, for display in the museum.

Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop’s Historic Self-Guided Walking & Bicycle Tour Maps & Passport project will create area maps for community use for educational walking and bicycling experiences in the historic areas of Benton County, starting with Downtown Kennewick. A map will be created, in conjunction with a passport booklet, which will encourage community engagement with historic points of interest and historic information.

White Bluffs Quilt Museum’s Native American Heritage Month program is a program offered in November each year to educate the public on the history of local Native American tribes, with new information and presentations each year.

White Bluffs Quilt Museum’s Quilt Index project will purchase supplies and materials as well as assist with publicity for the Quilt Index, a database for document historic quilts and fabrics, and will preserve historic textiles, quilts, and other artifacts.

About Benton County
Benton County is located in south-central Washington. The county seat is located in Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. Benton County was created on March 8, 1905 and was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Benton County operates under the plural executive form of government with three commissioners and seven other elected officials. Benton County has offices located in Prosser, Kennewick, and Richland. For more information, please visit www.co.benton.wa.us.

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