On November 8 the Heritage League of Pierce County, with thanks to the Meeker Mansion and Puyallup Historical Society, presented a program on historic structures and the qualifications of national, state, and local historic registers. About 20 Heritage League of Pierce County members and guests participated in the program, led off by a talk and tour by Meeker Mansion historian Andy Anderson and volunteer Suzy Perkinson. It was lovely to walk through the rooms of the historic home and it gave everyone a chance to appreciate the on-going restoration of the interior, such as the painted ceilings, while learning about the Meeker family and the beginnings of Puyallup.
For the second half of the program, HLPC president Claire Keller-Scholz and board member Lauren Hoogkamer discussed the implications of listing a building on an historic register, and what resources are available locally to encourage historic preservation. There was opportunity for discussion amongst participants, and members shared recommendations for resources to help fill out historic register forms. The group also heard from members of the City of Puyallup historic preservation commission, providing an inside look at what the reviewers see when they get an application from the owner of a historic structure to make alterations.
Overall it was an informative and enjoyable afternoon, spent tucked inside a wonderfully restored historic home on a wet, windy fall day. For those who were not able to make it, there are a number of excellent historic preservation resources available online, with links on the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation website and the City of Tacoma website.
Thanks go to the Meeker Mansion for hosting the program, to Heritage League board member Wes Perkinson for helping organize the event, the presenters, and to all those who attended.
We look forward to seeing all Heritage League of Pierce County members at our annual meeting on Saturday, February 2, 2018 at the Washington State History Museum.