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Master Plan

In the late 1990s a group of dedicated people, belonging to the non-profit historic preservation organization Island Landmarks–which included Sharon Price, Delanna Lang, Jon Knudson, Carl Winge, Stu Highet, Mary Matthews, and members of the Japanese-American community in Seattle–went to the Washington State Legislature and asked for $150,000 to use as a down-payment to purchase the Mukai house; its surrounding …

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Administration

Although the purchase of the facility went according to plan, the planned infrastructure and funding absolutely necessary for proper maintenance did not materialize. An inexperienced board, in the project’s first year, failed to raise any funds at all for the site’s future. Matthews and her husband then stepped in and over the next 12 years supplied thousands of dollars of critical funding needed to …