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Show Your Support for State Capital Funding to Restore Washington Hall
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Contributed By: Historic Seattle
Email The Author: brookeb@historicseattle.org
Website: http://www.washingtonhall.org

Historic Seattle is working to secure $961,000 from the Washington State Legislature for vital Life, Safety and Stabilization needs at the historic Washington Hall in Seattle's Central District.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the Hall, it is a 106-year-old performance hall that was built by the Danish Brotherhood and has hosted Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and many other performers who were once restricted from other venues in Seattle. We still have a fighting chance to secure these funds...but only if we convince a few key legislators to include Washington Hall in the capital budget! 

Please, please, please...send a brief email to the following 7 legislators:
  • Representative Eric Pettigrew:  Eric.pettigrew@leg.wa.gov
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos:   Sharon.tomiko-santos@leg.wa.gov 
  • Speaker Frank Chopp:   Frank.Chopp@leg.wa.gov
  • Senator Karen Keiser:   Karen.Keiser@leg.wa.gov
  • Senator Adam Kline:  Adam.Kline@leg.wa.govSenator Jamie Pedersen:  Jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov
  • Senator Jim Honeyford:  Jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov
And reach out to your friends and networks to ask that they send emails as well!  Your email can help make this happen!  The most important things is that they hear from you.  Some key points to make are:

1.  Encourage them to support the capital request to help restore Washington Hall into a valuable community resource. 

2.  State funding will make it possible to leverage nearly $4 million in federal tax credits and private funds and would make it possible to complete the Project. 

3.  State funding for basic life safety and stabilization work would serve to protect and safeguard previous state investments for Washington Hall. 

4.  Washington Hall Matters!  Over 15,000 people use the Hall each year.  This is where Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix and others performed, and it is the only remaining venue from Seattle's Jackson Street Jazz Era.

For questions, please contact Paul Haas at (206) 356-4801 or pallanhaas@gmail.com

Thanks for all you are doing!  Together, we can make this happen! 

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About Washington Hall:
Located at 153 14th Avenue in Seattleā€™s Squire Park neighborhood in the Central District since 1908, Washington Hall has been a place for the community to gather, celebrate and learn for over 100 years.  With a rich history of hosting pivotal musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, and trailblazing activists such as W.E.B. du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Martin Luther King Jr, to serving as a gathering place for the Danish Brotherhood in America and Sons of Haiti, community dances and gatherings, Washington Hall is poised to serve as an important community landmark for years to come.


Posted: February 19, 2014
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