The Quilcene Historical Museum in Quilcene, WA, announces a recent grant that will help complete historic renovations of the Hamilton-Worthington mansion in Worthington Park. Read more from their press release:
The Quilcene Historical Museum is very pleased to announce the award of a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The generous grant of $167,000 is in support of the historic renovation of the 1892 Hamilton-Worthington mansion. With the completion of new construction and renovation, a failing, but beloved residence of the Worthington family, will become an event-ready facility for the community, visitors to the region, and the Museum.
About Worthington Park
As part of Worthington Park, the Hamilton-Worthington mansion is the only remaining house of its size, integrity, and cultural relevance in rural Jefferson County. In January 2014, the mansion received WA State, and later, National Historic Trust designations. The 1915 barn is also listed on the state’s historic registry.
The all-volunteer board and members’ goals for Worthington Park are to: turn a private residence into a sustainable community asset; preserve and restore one of Jefferson County’s historic treasures; provide the community with a venue where the Museum, local organizations, private parties, and businesses can hold events, concerts, and indoor/outdoor education activities; and create a suitable home for historic exhibits and educational programs.
Museum Chair, Mari Phillips, stated, “We are so honored to receive this grant. The Murdock Trust gift, enables us to complete the exterior and interior renovations. This award signifies that our small rural communities ‘can-do’ attitude and thousands of volunteer hours do make a significant positive impact on the Olympic Peninsula.”
About the M. J. Murdock Trust
The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton, OR and a resident of Vancouver, WA.
“The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways.”
You can find more about Jack Murdock and his philanthropic legacy as well as the M. J. Murdock Trust at its website www.murdocktrust.org.
In other mansion news, the mansion renovation is showing major progress. The exterior is nearly completed and work now focuses on the interior. The project manager team for Phase III interior is Dave and Christine Satterlee. The Satterlees, full-time residents of Quilcene, are already transitioning into this role and learning from the Phase II managers, Chuck Thrasher and Kathi Boyker.
“Chuck and Kathi as role models and mentors are a huge gift to our next phase,” stated Dave Satterlee. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the project as we now have completed the fund-raising campaign, ‘Event Ready: Let’s Finish the Mansion’ with the generous gift from the Murdock Trust,” he concluded.
Volunteers are always needed and have made a significant impact on the project. Over 5,400 volunteer hours have been contributed to the project from local area citizens during 2016 to the present.
With interior construction starting this month, the Interior Design/Furnishing Team work is also underway. Members of that task force include Ellen Worthington Jenner, Steve and Gloria Ricketts, Mary Schmidt, Larry McKeehan, Jim Worthington, Mari Phillips, and Allan Kollar.