Young people learning about heritage

PORT TOWNSEND — High school students from across the state will gather in Fort Worden on Tuesday for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s ninth annual Youth Heritage Project.

The four-day educational program will conclude with students presenting local history storytelling projects to a panel of experts at a public meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wheeler Theater, 210 Battery Way in Fort Worden.

The public is invited to hear the projects.

Students will work on projects with local partners to tell the stories of four historic or cultural sites: the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, Tamanowas Rock Sanctuary, the Hastings Building in downtown Port Townsend, and Officer’s Row in Fort Worden .

The 38 high school students and eight teachers/mentors come from 23 communities across the state, including Bellevue, Camas, Centralia, Leavenworth, Mattawa, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Port Hadlock, Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and Wenatchee.

“The base location of Fort Worden State Historic Park provides participating students with a unique opportunity to explore Port Townsend’s fascinating history, vibrant maritime culture, and beautiful natural setting,” according to a press release.

Participants will learn the coastal military and natural history of Fort Worden through a photo scavenger hunt, explore Point Hudson and the hidden history of downtown Port Townsend through walking tours, take to the water on rowboats and learn about sea trades from local boat builders in the northwest. Maritime Center; and visit the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe campus in Blyn, Clallam County to learn from the tribesmen.

They will learn about the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Washington’s Maritime National Heritage Area designated by Congress in 2019, and how to interpret natural, cultural, and historic resources.

The Youth Heritage Project welcomes high school students from across the state for the programs each year.

In conjunction with the National Park Service and the state Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation, the project is offered free to area students.

Local partners include Fort Worden Hospitality, Jefferson County Historical Society, Northwest Maritime Center, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Port Townsend Main Street Program.

Funding was received from 4Culture, Lummi Nation, Stillaguamish Indian Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Bassetti Architects, Pinchiff Mechanical, Pioneer Masonry Restoration Company, Swenson Say Fagét, Western Specialty Contractors, KGIP , MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Marvin Anderson Architects, Nelson. Electric, Richaven Architecture and Preservation and Studio TJP.

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