|KC Executive is greeted by Shoreline Historical Museum supporters|
photo credit- Vicki Westberg
The Executive was scheduled to meet with the Shoreline City Council at our new City Hall about topics of mutual interest.
|Museum supporters waiting in front of Shoreline City Hall for Dow Constantine's arrival|
|Over 30 demonstrate in front of City Hall waiting to inform Dow Constantine|
about the risk to the Shoreline Historical Museum
photo credit-Janet Way
The District and Museum Board had made an "Agreement in Principle" last winter, that would have allowed the Ronald School building to be moved to a new site. The Museum had agreed to endorse the Bond/Levy campaign and the measures passed by a relatively narrow margin. However that agreement is now off track, because the proposed site wasn't available after all.
Meanwhile the City of Shoreline has been planning to include the Museum at Ronald School as a part of its new Town Center planning process.
The Committee to Save Our Shoreline Historical Museum wishes to emphasize the economic value of the Historical Museum as an important element of the "tourism chain" that can revitalize our local economy and generate great brand value and benefits for the community. The State and Federal government recognize Heritage Tourism as great economic assets for many communities across the nation. The Federal government also recognizes Museums as having precisely the same value and category as libraries.
The Shoreline Historical Museum is located just two blocks from the new Shoreline City Hall, and was built nearly 100 years ago. Judge JT Ronald donated the land from his homestead to provide a place for the school to be built. The Ronald School was designated as a Historic Landmark by the King County Landmarks Commission and the City of Shoreline in 2008.
Attending today's rally were, 3 of the original students who attended the Ronald Elementary School.
Executive Constantine took time to speak to some of them and to the children who made their own signs to support the Museum.
Four students from area schools attended. The three girls made their own signs!
photo credit-vicki Westberg
|Two original students of Ronald Elementary School speak with Dow Constantine|
photo credit-Vicki Westberg
The Committee to Save Our Shoreline Historical Museum sponsored today's rally and wants to work with all parties to find a solution, that will preserve our Museum in the Ronald School in perpetuity.
We believe it is unthinkable to accept anything less.
The rally was also covered by the Shoreline KOMO News and Shoreline Area News.