Committee to Save Our Shoreline Historical Museum
Co Chairs – State Representative Maralyn Chase & Former Shoreline City Councilmember Janet Way
This is an open letter to all who care about saving history in Shoreline and our Historical Museum.
It is becoming clear that a new organization must be formed to stand up for our threatened Shoreline Historical Museum for our communities of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and North Seattle. It is a Registered Historic Landmark and invaluable cultural asset for our City.
The Shoreline School District is moving forward with their plans to renovate (rebuild) the Shorewood HS and unfortunately the current plan includes no concept to save the museum. Instead they plan to “incorporate the Ronald School for shared use with the Shoreline Historical Museum”, according to their recent newsletter. However, this statement does not accurately represent the situation the museum is in. They are the owners of the building, but since the district owns the property, they are basically being evicted and asked to destroy their current institution and “settle” for whatever space is left.
Simply put, this plan will destroy the Shoreline Historical Museum, which is the cornerstone for our local culture and precedes the existence of the city itself.
This is unacceptable.
So a group is coming together to help publicize and make the case for saving the museum. Our Committee to Save Our Shoreline Historical Museum will garner support from other entities in our region and endeavor to inform citizens about the situation, especially during this immediate timeframe of the School Bond election.
To be clear, this organization is not opposed to renovation of our HS or the School Levy. We are simply opposed to any effort which would displace or undermine our community asset, the Shoreline Historical Museum. We believe these goals are compatible and that the Ronald School and Museum can live beside the Shorewood HS complex in harmony.
Just as the plans for the new Shorewood High School include a performance venue that can be used by the community as part of the Town Center, shouldn't the Town Center also include this "first town center" building? It is important to keep this building and the history it embodies. It was the original town center for Shoreline and the educational value of the building and the museum and it’s “living history” cannot be understated.
We support our schools, our community and especially promoting our local cultural assets in order to promote the economic well being of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and our region.
We invite you to join us in an effort to preserve our community identity by preserving our history. There is much work to do, but great hope of success if we act now!
If you would like to be a member of our committee, please join us.
Contact us at
206-734-5545 or 206-365-4477, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
940 NE 147th St
Shoreline, WA 98155
Shoreline Historical Museum Facts:
• The Museum has Historic Landmark status
• The Historical Museum has been in existence since 1976
• The museum has received and matched grant funding from many governmental and non-profit entities including: WA State, King County, City of Shoreline, 4Culture and many others for over $1.5 million of taxpayer dollars to date. This figure does not even include the ongoing operating funding, provided by the City of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.
• The Ronald School was built in 1912 and served as a school building until 1971
• The Ronald School was built on property donated by Judge James T Ronald. He was one of the pioneers who settled the Shoreline area, and former Mayor of Seattle.
• The Shoreline Historical Museum is a vital part of our “Town Center” and represents a crucial part of our local Cultural and Historic identity of Shoreline