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White River Valley Museum Awarded Over $37,000 in Grants, Sponsorships and Site Specific Arts Award

White River Valley MuseumThe White River Valley Museum and the Mary Olson Farm have been the recipients of $37,215 through grants and sponsorships and is the benefactor of a $15,000 Site Specific award by 4Culture. The funds will be applied toward award-winning educational programs, exhibits, and a play which was performed at the Mary Olson Farm.

The funds include:

  • $4,850 total in sponsorships for Free Wednesdays at the Museum. Three months of Wednesdays sponsored by US Bank, two months by Columbia Bank, one month by the Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Kiwanis Club of the Valley, Scarff Motors, Soroptimist International of Auburn and Valley Bank Auburn Branch. Two weeks were sponsored by Paul and Mary Hosoda, and one week sponsorships were donated by Judge Patrick Burns, Richardson Well Drilling, Rottles Department Store, Simply Smiles Dr. Stuart Rich, Sons of Italy Auburn #1955 and Dr. Heather Woloshyn and Dr Clements. 
  • $6,900 from 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, to be used for interpretive signs at the Mary Olson Farm.
  • $2,500 from Century Link and $500 from Auburn Soroptimists International to help offset uncompensated costs for fieldtrips to the Mary Olson Farm.
  • A $15,000 contract for new work by playwright Keri Healey, from 4Culture’s Site Specific Program. The play Gentleman Desperado debuted at Outlaw Days at the Mary Olson Farm on September 29/30 and October 6/7.
  • A $22,465 contract awarded by the King Conservation District Jurisdictional & WRIA Forum Grant Program to build all weather paddocks, compost bins, interpretive signage and create educational programs at the Farm, all dealing with Best Management Practices for livestock keeping in Western Washington.

The White River Valley Museum worked with the City of Auburn to restore Mary Olson Farm, winner of Best Restoration 2012 by Historic Seattle. The farm is a King County Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Significant features include an 1897 barn, a fully restored 1902 farmhouse, a century-old orchard, three salmon runs in Olson Creek and a remarkable collection of outbuildings, including a smoke house, outhouse and weaving house. Mary Olson Farm operates as a living history and environmental learning site, and is also available for community and special events open for free drop in visits, during summer weekends through August 26, 2012, from noon to 5 p.m. The Farm is located at 28728 Green River Road SE, Auburn 98092.

The White River Valley Museum combines history and culture to create an exciting and educational experience for visitors though a series of award-winning exhibits. Museum collections focus on Puget Sound history, Northwest Indian culture, Japanese immigration and the Northern Pacific Railway. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and is located at 918 H St. S.E. in Auburn. Regular admission is $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-288-7433 or visit www.wrvmuseum.org for event information.

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White River Valley Museum
918 H St. S.E.
Auburn, WA 98002