Olympia Celebrates Historic Preservation Month
City of Olympia Marks Historic Preservation Month with Two Events. In honor of this national effort to preserve the historic places that make our communities special, the City of Olympia and its Heritage Commission kick off with a celebration of Olympia’s maritime heritage. The event will highlight the historic waterfront places and industries that have shaped our city with a temporary exhibit of historical photographs along Percival Landing on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th. Stop by the information booth under the main shelter on Percival Landing between 10:00am and 4:00pm to learn more about our important maritime history and historic preservation in Olympia.
Next, local artist Ira Coyne will be presented with the 2014 Preservation Award at the City Council’s May 27th meeting. The Olympia Heritage Commission selected Ira for this year’s award for his significant contributions to the historical craft of sign making and the art of mural painting in our City. His commitment to hand-crafting signs throughout the city, including business signs for Olympia Supply and West Olympia Food Coop, carries on an important local heritage trade, which in many places has been lost. His evocative murals like “Paddle to Squaxin” and “Rebecca Howard: Pacific Hotel & Restaurant” capture the cultural and historical significance of our community. The award presentation will include the reading of a proclamation naming May 2014 National Historic Preservation Month. The City Council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on May 27, 2014 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 601 Fourth Avenue E.
May 16, 2014