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Short history of the car
Living in the chapel car
Car 5 travels
Saving car 5
Moving to Snoqualmie
Funding the project
References and more

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Messenger of Peace circa 1922

Funding collection care for the Messenger of Peace

Rehabilitation and restoration work on car 5 has been extensive. Before work began, a detailed assessment of the car was performed by experts and there was a known scope of work. Costs to complete every aspect of the rehabilitation and restoration process exceeded $400,000.

Fundraising began in early 2008 and several major awards were secured. Contributions of earned income from the Museum's operating budget and individual donations brought the total budget to more than $400,000.

  • 4Culture, the King County Cultural Development Authority, contributed $48,100 from three different funding programs: Landmark Challenge, Landmark Rehabilitation, and Collection Care.
  • Washington State Historical Society contributed $125,000 from the Washington State Heritage Capital Fund.
  • Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving contributed $30,000
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a Save America's Treasures grant valued at $180,000.
  • Partners in Preservation - an initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Express Foundation - awarded a $50,000 grant.
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