Accomplishments

JUNE OF 2017 TO JUNE OF 2018. A BUSY YEAR!!

Programs

  • Held a Volunteer Appreciation & Cherry Tree Planting event
  • Held a public program with Dr. Barbara Johns about her book “The Hope of Another Spring”
  • Sponsored a children’s Japanese cultural immersion week long summer day camp
  • Held a Day of Remembrance ceremony
  • Held a public program about Densho with the Executive Director Tom Dean
  • Sponsored three Japanese cultural half day workshops
  • Held a public program with Mayumi Tsutakawa from Washington Humanities

Outreach

  • Exhibited at the three day Seattle Japanese American Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Supported the Heritage Museum Japanese Americans on Vashon exhibit

Education and Research

  • Held 18 open houses
  • Conducted house and grounds tour for 140 McMurray 7th grade students
  • Developed five storylines to support our interpretation programming and communications
  • Conducted research on items to archive as well as historical facts and stories
  • Progressed on creation of a collections policy and Past Perfect software usage

Operations

  • Hired a part-time administrative assistant
  • Reduced our past property tax liability as well as our future payments
  • Completed the transition to Quickbooks and a new bank
  • Adopted historic preservation guidelines for interpretation and rehabilitation
  • Contracted with an archeologist to monitor digging on our historic grounds
  • Contributed to the County’s purchase of the fruit barreling plant
  • Disposed of a large amount of non-historic materiel left by the previous board

Communications

  • Updated our logo, tag line, branding, webpage, and social media platforms
  • Grants
  • Submitted a significant capital grant request to the State for FBP renovation funding
  • Received grant fund from Colonial Dames for staff support
  • Awaiting decisions on three grant applications to 4Culture and the National Trust

Fund Raising

  • Received $250,000 appropriation from the State legislature and over $60,000 in major gifts

House & Garden

  • Completed a pedestrian and vehicle circulation plan; contracted for work to start in August
  • Complete electrical upgrade; front porch significantly stabilized; replaced furnace
  • Contracted with a construction company to restore the north garden water feature this August

2018-19 Board and staff

Friends of Mukai
2018-19 Board and Staff members

Bottom row, left to right: Joe Okimoto, Flo Lentz, Barbara Thal Schroeder, Akiko Leonard (staff), Tina Shattuck, Mary Rabourn, Dan Connolly

Top row: Kathy Farner, Erik Mortenson, Mary Bergman, Stephen Jeung, Kay Longhi, J. F. Mannina

Not shown: Steve Brown

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

From 2012 up to the present

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks — public capital budget funding

Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation – public capital money

King County 4 Culture — capital funding for structural restoration

Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association

Vashon Maury Island Land Trust

Densho

Colonial Dames – funding for staff support in 2018

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic Seattle

Artifacts Consulting

Wayfind