Manweller receives award for legislation to preserve historic cemeteries that serve communities and honor veterans

Rep. Matt Manweller was recently awarded the “Cemetery Achievement Award” from the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) for his work during the 2016 legislative session to preserve the state’s threatened historic cemeteries.

“It is an honor to be recognized for my legislation this session, and I hope this will bring more attention to the fact we have more than 100 cemeteries poorly maintained or not being maintained at all in Washington state,” said Manweller, R-Ellensburg. “Our historic cemeteries are a source of community and state pride. It is important our communities have tools available to preserve and maintain them. They may serve as a historical resource for our future generations to appreciate and learn from.”

Manweller’s House Bill 2637 created the Washington State Historic Cemetery Preservation capital grant program within DAHP, allowing local governments, cemetery property owners, and nonprofits to apply for small grants that could be used to lower maintenance and operation costs.

“The program will preserve our state’s heritage and allow historic cemeteries to continue serving their communities while honoring our veterans,” said Manweller. “My legislation was a result of hard-working constituents trying to find solutions to save deteriorating cemeteries. They also deserve recognition for their time and efforts.”

Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks presented the award to Manweller during DAHP’s special awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 17 on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, WA.

Rep. Manweller speaks at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation awards ceremony after receiving the Cemetery Achievement Award.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rep. Matt Manweller speaks at DAHP awards ceremony after receiving the Cemetery Achievement Award.

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