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Local Walla Walla Museum in need of restoration

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - After 137 years, The historic Kirkman House Museum is in need of foundation repairs and other restoration work. 

The Kirkman is considered to be one of the best Victorian structures in the Pacific Northwest, and is placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

It was built by William Kirkman between 1879-1880, where three generations of his family resided before giving it to Whitman College in 1919.

A $90,000 Heritage Capital Project Grant was awarded to the museum in the Washington State House of Representatives, but that grant is in Jeopardy, as the budget is uncertain until the Senate votes.

Local Non-profit Organization Sherwood Trust provided a grant that will pay $100,000, but another $82,000 is needed to match the requirement by New Year's Eve.

Kirkman House Museum Board Member Carolyn Priest said this needs to get done as soon as possible. 

"This is crucial," said Priest. "Otherwise we will be postponing this until a future time, and hope that we can receive money from Sherwood Trust as well as getting in line with the capital."

Another $57,000 in funding is available to the museum, which then must raise $25,000 by the end of the year.

Donations can be made to the Kirkman House Foundation Project Fund.


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