Kramlich Barn in Whitman County – Photo by Ron Kelman

Funding for two state grant programs is available for owners of historic barns and for those with stewardship responsibilities over historic cemeteries in Washington State. The Heritage Barn Initiative established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns. Owners of designated Heritage Barns are eligible to apply for matching grants available to assist with barn stabilization and rehabilitation projects. The newly established Cemetery Preservation Program is intended to support outstanding examples of historic cemeteries through capital grants aimed at preservation. Both initiatives are programs of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting free workshops throughout the state for anyone wishing to learn more about both the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative and the Cemetery Preservation Program. The Washington Trust will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the process for completing program documents. Approximately $900,000 is available in matching grants to support rehabilitation of barns and cemetery preservation, or about $450,000 for each program. The deadline to submit applications requesting barn rehabilitation grant funds will be May 17, 2018 and the deadline for cemetery grants will be June 29, 2018.

Come join us to learn more about these wonderful opportunities and the application process.

Port Angeles

Tuesday, March 27
Barns: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cemeteries: 3:00pm-4:00pm

North Olympic Library
2210 S Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362


Monday, April 2 webinar link
Barns: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Cemeteries: 7:15pm-8:00pm

Richland Library • Gallery Room
955 Northgate Dr.
Richland, WA 99352
Press Release


Wednesday, April 4
Barns: 6:00pm

At this event, State Architectural Historian, Michael Houser, will be giving a presentation about the history, types, and styles of barns in Washington and will conclude with a short presentation about the Heritage Barn Grants.

Colfax Branch
Whitman County Library
102 S Main St
Colfax, WA 99111
Press Release


Thursday, April 5

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to broadcast a webinar of this workshop.

Barns: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Cemeteries: 7:15pm-8:00pm

Armory Building A
Kittitas Valley Event Center
901 E. 7th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Press Release


Monday, April 9webinar link
Barns: 5:00pm-6:15pm
Cemeteries: 6:15pm-7:00pm

Centralia Timberland Library
110 S. Silver Street
Centralia, WA 98531
Press Release


Tuesday, April 10webinar link
Barns: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Cemeteries: 7:15pm-8:00pm

Duvall Public Library
15508 Main Street NE
Duvall WA 98019
Press Release

Mount Vernon

Wednesday, April 25
Barns: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Cemeteries: 7:15pm-8:00pm

Skagit City School
17508 Moore Rd.
Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Press Release


Tuesday, May 8
Barns: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Cemeteries: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Spokane Public Library (Downtown Branch room 1A)
906 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Press Release

Anyone unable to attend a workshop in their area is encouraged to contact the Washington Trust for more information about these programs:

Barns: Jennifer Mortensen, 206-462-2999 or email
Cemeteries: Julianne Patterson, 206-624-9449 or email

Historic Roslyn Cemetery in Kittitas County – Photo by Otto Greule