Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Highline Historical Society

  • Seahurst, WA
  • www.highlinehistory.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Highline Historical Society is to collect, preserve and tell the stories of the Highline region and its people.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Highline Garden Tour
  3. Salute to Pioneers
  4. Preservation Films
Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

The Highline Historical Society specifically serves Southwest King County, Washington,; i.e. suburban area of south Seattle.  This includes the communities of White Center, Burien, SeaTac, and Normandy Park, areas greatly underserved by other cultural entities. Tremendously diverse (80 languages in the local school system) there is no other cultural organization bringing historical perspective to the region.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Mrs. Cyndi Upthegrove

Keywords

Self-reported

historic preservation, museum, diversity

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Also Known As

HHS

EIN

91-1655243

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our top accomplishment of the past year is to reach a point in our capital planning that we have applied for the building permit for our Highline Heritage Museum. Our top goals for the upcoming year are to continue working on two fronts: 1. continue the capital campaign, and 2. expand our outreach to more of our local ethnic groups by including them in exhibits and programming.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Our major operating programs include establishing a regional museum, publishing significant historical information of local interest, developing and maintaining a large collection of oral histories and photographs of pioneers and descendants of pioneer families as well as immigrant communities, and helping to maintain the historic WWI memorial highway (Des Moines Memorial Boulevard) and monument located in Burien, Washington.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Highline Garden Tour

This tour of area lovely gardens is a collaboration between the Society and Discover Burien (chamber of Commerce), the SeaTac Highline Botannical Garden and the Soroptomist Club.  All assist with this fundraising event, which provides several thousand dollars for our operations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

Salute to Pioneers

This is an annual program, a facilitate panel comprised of long time residents of the area.  A sample topic for a program might be "What did You Do during WWII?" or "Visiting the Airport in the 1950's."  This year's topics will be "Sports!" and will discuss the rise of various Little Leagues, and speak with long time school coaches, talk about church basketball leagues, etc.  They are always well attended.  We film them and will be able to use excerpts in our new museum.  We will be doing our 18th Salute this year.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 4

Preservation Films

An award winning movies about climate change and preserving the planet, or architectural preservation successes This is in line with our mission to preserve our community. Annual Earth Day series

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$6,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goals of the Highline Historical Society are 1.) to build our museum, 2.) to continue to professionalize our operations and 3.)to increase our Board of Trustees membership to more accurately reflect the demographics of our communities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. We have just received our building permit for the construction of the Highline Heritage Museum. Groundbreaking will be scheduled when we feel we are financially and organizationally ready to proceed.
    2. We now have an outside bookkeeper, an annual audit, a professional Curator of Collections and the Board and staff are completing a self analysis produced by the American Association of State and Local History to prepare us to operate a regional museum.
    3. We now have a Nominating Committee that is vetting a list of potential Trustees and will begin discussions with them soon to expand our board to better reflect our entire community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

The Highline Historical Society specifically serves Southwest King County, Washington,; i.e. suburban area of south Seattle.  This includes the communities of White Center, Burien, SeaTac, and Normandy Park, areas greatly underserved by other cultural entities. Tremendously diverse (80 languages in the local school system) there is no other cultural organization bringing historical perspective to the region.

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Funding Needs

At the present time our funding needs are pretty similar to everyone's.  We always welcome new members of the Society.  Members receive free admission to programs and a quarterly newsletter.  We are also in the midst of a large Capital Campaign and would greatly welcome capital funding.  Our new building is going to need another $5 million in funding.  We are all working hard on this, with the assistance of a primo capital consultant.  I am sure we will build this excellent museum.  I just wish it could be sooner rather than later because the community needs it so much. We can always use corporate sponsorship - for our newsletter, for our garden tour, and for some of our exhibits.

Accreditations

American Association for State and Local History

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association for State and Local History

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Highline Histoncal Society
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Operations

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Highline Historical Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Cyndi Upthegrove

BIO

Managing Trustee is a volunteer leadership position (Exec. Dir.) presently filled by Cyndi Upthegrove, an experienced executive in both for-profit and non-profit fields.  Cyndi is the former Ex. Dir. of Epilepsy Fdn. of Washington and the Medic One Foundation.  She is the former Director of Marketing for a publicly traded corporation.  She is filling this position until the board hires an Executive Director.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"At the preent time, with the exception of the schools, the historical society is the only organization in our region that is making a place for everyone to participate in  becoming a community.  Instead of walking down the street side by side and never acknowledging our fellow townspeople, we are creating a place where all are welcome and are learning about one another and beginning to know one another."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Terry Anderson

Mayor, City of SeaTac

Term: Oct 2009 - Sept 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?