The history quilt from the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers. A grant will fund the final book in a series that explains the backgrounds of the buildings depicted in the quilt.


The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers has received funding which will be used to finish two projects to help preserve local history thanks to some funding from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission.

The local organization received about $8,500 in June to finish digitizing their newspaper collection and complete their fourth installment of a history book series.

The commission is giving the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers $6,084 to digitize their collection of The Arlington Times newspapers from 1988 to 1997.

“We will actually be finishing up digitizing all of our newspapers that we have,” said Myrtle Rausch, president of the organization.

“We’ve been working on digitizing these newspapers for the last six years,” she said.

The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers have digitized their papers from the 1920s to 1988 already.

Most of the papers are getting difficult to work with, said Rausch.

“All the papers that we have are getting pretty old,” she said. “When you touch them they start falling apart right away now.”

When the papers are digitized they’re much easier to read and sort through as well, she said.

“You can just type in the name of a place or an event now and our computer will take you right to those issues,” instead of having to sort through the papers by hand, said Rausch.

The second project from the commission will allow the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers to print the final installment of their recent history series.

“It will be our fourth and final book on the 100 years of Arlington,” said Rausch.

The commission gave the Pioneers $2,472 for the printing.

The history book series goes into the background of the organization’s history quilt that they made in 2003.

“Each square contains historic buildings,” said Rausch, including businesses, landmarks and old churches that have been part of the city’s history.

The Pioneers' recent book series explains the background and stories behind those squares.

“Each of the books covers 12 different squares in our historic quilt,” said Rausch.

Rausch said that they have sold a lot of books to locals interested in Arlington history.

“We sold most of the books that we’ve printed so far,” she said. “As people learn what it's about, we’ve gotten more interest.”

Rausch wanted to thank the commission for their help with the two projects.

“We really appreciate the funding from the commission because otherwise we would have to put our own funds into it,” which can be difficult if you’re a small organization, she said.

The Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission gave out a total of $100,000 to historic projects across the county in June.

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