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August 5, 2015

Preservation lesson: Skykomish Hotel

Photo courtesy of Washington Trust for Historic Preservation [enlarge]

On Aug. 25, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will offer Operation YHP, a one-day field school for high school students to learn about preservation.

This first year of the program will focus on the Skykomish Hotel in the rural King County town of Skykomish. Washington Trust said the hotel is an anchor in the town's historic district and a reminder of the community's heritage as a center for logging and as a stop along the railroad.

The Sky Hotel, as it has come to be known, is one of the few remaining pioneer hotels along US Route 2, the trust said. It is more than 100 years old and has been vacant and neglected. The building recently came under the ownership of the town.

Up to 10 high school students and one teacher from King County will be part of this year's Operation YHP. Students will learn about the hotel's history, assess its condition, consider advocacy campaigns, and critique proposed scenarios for reuse.

The application, at http://tiny.cc/3ood1x , is due by Aug. 10.

Washington Trust said the goal is to offer additional Operation YHP workshops as funding allows. The program builds on the success of its Youth Heritage Project, an annual four-day field school.

The nonprofit focuses on saving important places in Washington, and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation.

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