Preservation Advocacy Week

Each year, Washington Trust staff members and volunteers travel to Washington, DC, to advocate for historic preservation programs and funding at the federal level as part of Preservation Advocacy Week (also known as “Lobby Day”). Joined by fellow advocates from across the country, we meet with our state’s representatives and senators to emphasize the value of preservation to Washington’s communities. This is our chance to speak directly to the senators, representatives, and other high-level lawmakers who can enact real change to federal historic preservation policy and budgets.

This year, we’ll be meeting with our legislators virtually the week of March 8. Although we’ll miss the in-person meetings, we’re excited for the opportunity this provides to include more voices in these important conversations. Our state’s representatives and senators want to hear why you, their constituents, value our historic places, and this virtual format makes that more possible than ever.

Advocacy priorities will include:

  • Updates to the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit – The Historic Tax Credit Growth & Opportunity Act (HTC-GO) is a bi-partisan bill that proposes important changes to the Historic Tax Credit to encourage more building reuse and more redevelopment in small, midsize, and rural communities. It would also make the credit easier to use and increase the number eligible properties.
  • SHPO & THPO funding – Continued and increased funding for our nation’s State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) that process thousands of important reviews and provide pass-through funding to local communities as well as our Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs).
  • National grant programs – Continued funding for important national programs like the Civil Rights Initiative Competitive Grants, funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants.

Many thanks to the advocates who will be joining us this week to advocate for historic preservation at the national level!

District 1 – Rep. DelBene

  • Jay Mortensen – Washington Trust
  • Ellen Gamson – Mount Vernon Downtown Association
  • Mary Rossi – APT-Applied Preservation Technologies
  • Burr Neely – PNW, Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI)

District 2 – Rep. Larsen

  • Cathy Wickwire – Washington Trust
  • Ellen Gamson – Mount Vernon Downtown Association
  • Gideon Cauffman – Washington Trust Board Member
  • Mary Thompson – Washington Trust Board Member
  • Kristen Griffin – Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

District 3 – Rep. Herrera Beutler

  • Jay Mortensen- Washington Trust
  • Michael Walker – Vancouver Downtown Association
  • Carrie Schulstad – Camas Downtown Association
  • Annalee Tobey – Chehalis Community Renaissance Team

District 4 – Rep. Newhouse

  • Chris Moore – Washington Trust
  • Andrew Holt – Downtown Association of Yakima
  • Stephanie Button – Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership
  • Liz McGree – Washington Trust Board Member
  • Allyson Brooks DAHP/SHPO

District 5 – Rep. McMorris Rodgers

  • Cathy Wickwire – Washington Trust
  • Jon Campbell – Jon Campbell Architects
  • Logan Camporeale – Washington Trust Board Member
  • Betsy Godlewski – NW Museum of Arts & Culture
  • Allison Munch-Rotolo – College Hill Historic District, Pullman

District 6 – Rep. Kilmer

  • Jay Mortensen – Washington Trust
  • Bob Steelquist – Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
  • Kristen P. Griffin – Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
  • Gideon Cauffman – Washington Trust Board Member
  • Mari Mullen – Port Townsend Main Street

District 7 – Rep. Jayapal

  • Cathy Wickwire – Washington Trust
  • Nicole Klein – ASUW Shell House
  • Jeff Murdock – Washington Trust Board Member / Historic Seattle

District 8 – Rep. Schrier

  • Cathy Wickwire – Washington Trust
  • Linda Haglund – Wenatchee Downtown Association
  • Rory Turner – Port of Chelan / Ellensburg Elks Building
  • Joan Simpson – Constituent/citizen lobbyist

District 9 – Rep. Smith

  • Chris Moore – Washington Trust
  • Bob Mack – Constituent / citizen lobbyist

District 10 – Rep. Strickland

  • Chris Moore – Washington Trust
  • Allyson Brooks – DAHP
  • Nick Vann – DAHP
  • Michael Sullivan – Washington Trust Board Member
  • Bob Mack – Constituent / citizen lobbyist

Senator Cantwell

  • Chris Moore – Washington Trust
  • Allyson Brooks – DAHP
  • Nick Vann – DAHP
  • Ellen Gamson – Mount Vernon Downtown Association
  • Mary Thompson – Washington Trust Board Member

Senator Murray

  • Jay Mortensen –Washington Trust
  • Allyson Brooks – DAHP
  • Nick Vann – DAHP
  • Jon Campbell – Walla Walla Citizen Lobbyist
  • Joan Simpson – Chelan Citizen Lobbyist

Interested in contacting your congressperson? Use these links to find information for your House Representative and your Senators.

Track federal preservation-related legislation by visiting Preservation Action or the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Action Center.

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