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Thurston County Historic Commission

The Thurston County Historic Commission is a twelve member board appointed by the Board of Thurston County Commissioners. Members serve four year terms There are also “Alternate” members on the Commission who assist in the work of the board and who serve three year terms. The Historic Commission conducts public information programs on County history. They annually sponsor the Thurston County Birthday Party, a public history event which commemorates the establishment of Thurston County on January 12, 1852. The Commission promotes the preservation of historic places and maintains the Thurston County Historic Register, a list of sites, buildings and structures which are important in understanding our history. The Commission also reviews proposals to alter properties on the County historic register and serves as the local review board for the purpose of approving applications for special property tax valuations.

The Commission meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building One, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, at 7:00 p.m.

The Commission does from time to time have openings. Applications are available on the Thurston County website under the Board of County Commissioners. For further information on the Thurston County Historic Commission, call Cami Petersen at Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department at 360-754-3355 x 6348 or email at peterscs@co.thurston.wa.us.

Additional information regarding the Thurston County Historic Register and the adding of properties to the register: