Donations come in quickly for group to purchase historic house

Vashon’s heritage association has quickly garnered $110,000 in pledges to purchase a historical home on Bank Road, more than half of what the group expects it needs for a down payment.

“We’re just thrilled,” said Deb Dammann, the president of the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association. “And we definitely need more help because obviously the time is short.”

The heritage association last month announced an ambitious fundraising campaign to purchase the home adjacent to the heritage museum, which is expected to go on the market this month. The 1910 home was once the parsonage of the Lutheran church on Bank Road, where the museum is currently housed. Heritage association members hope to eventually use the structure as a family friendly interpretive center that would complement the small historical museum.

Dammann said that the group was surprised and pleased to raise more than half of its $195,000 fundraising goal in about three weeks. Most of the pledges, she said, have come from heritage association members.

“We’ve had other people, community supporters who have been very generous with us,” she added.

Dammann said the heritage association will continue to fundraise, and last week board members met with representatives of 4Culture’s emergency and unforeseen opportunities program. They applied for a $65,000 grant from 4Culture, but aren’t yet sure how much, if anything, they will receive.

“We’re hopeful,” she said.

The heritage association expects the home, currently a private residence, will be put up for sale by its owner later this month.

— Natalie Martin

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