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Historic Commission

Thurston County Historic Commission

In 1984, the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners created a 12 member board called the Thurston County Historic Commission. The Thurston County Historic Commission is responsible for promoting and conducting public information, education and interpretive programs pertaining to county history and county cultural resources.  Their duties include:

  • Identify and promote the preservation of historic resources (buildings, structures, objects, trees, and other unique natural features, sites and districts);  
  • Organize events, as approved by the Board of County Commissioners;  
  • Increase awareness of our national, state, and county heritage among citizens;  
  • Conduct a comprehensive inventory of historic properties with the county; periodically update the inventory;  
  • Review and comment on proposals to construct, change, alter, modify, remodel, remove, demolish or significantly affect properties or districts on the county historic register;  
  • Serve as the local review board for the purpose of approving applications for special property tax evaluation.

Thurston County Historic Commission's 3rd

 Annual Heritage Day

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Heritage Hall at Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503

The community is invited to join the Thurston County Historic Commission’s third annual Heritage Day event, a celebration of the place county resident’s call home.  
Activities include:
Cake & soft drinks.
Presentation about the new self-guided walking tour the “Walls Tell Stories,” and sandstone monument at the Brewery Park.
A sneak peek at the upcoming play, “The Hotel Olympian 100th Anniversary Grand Extravaganza.”
Watch the presentation of the annual Heritage Grant Award. Discover how Heritage Grant Program recipients plan to use their funding from Thurston County for Historic Preservation. Recipients include The Northwest Institute for Leadership and Change, The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, the City of Lacey, Olympia Tumwater Foundation, and others.

Grand Mound Schoolhouse Public Hearing

Grand Mound Schoolhouse Staff Report

Public Comments

When: The Thurston County Historic Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday,September 14, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., 

Where: Thurston County Courthouse Building #1, Room 280, 2000Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia Washington.
And online via Zoom, at the link below.
Passcode: 326385

What: The purpose of the meeting will be to determine whether to add to the Thurston County Historic Register the Grand Mound Schoolhouse located at 20604 Grand Mound Way SW, Centralia, WA 98531 in Thurston County.  The Thurston County Historic Commission will take action on this matter pursuant to TCC 2.106.040.



Contact Us

Sonja Cady, Land Use Clerk. Phone: 360-867-2117. Fax: 360-754-2939. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388  Email: sonja.cady@co.thurston.wa.us.  Address: Thurston County Historic Commission, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Second Floor, Olympia, WA 98502.


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