About Us

Spokane Preservation Advocates was formed in 1997 by a group of local historic preservation advocates, who believed in the value of preservation and its role in enhancing Spokane’s quality of life. These preservation pioneers saw the need for a new organization in Spokane to supplement the work of existing preservation-related groups while also providing a strong advocacy voice for preservation issues. From the very beginning, SPA has been inclusive, open to all.

Our latest issue of our newsletter, the Update, is HERE.

Our Mission

The mission of Spokane Preservation Advocates is to preserve and enhance the historic character of Spokane and Spokane County through advocacy, education and preservation.

Our History

Spokane Preservation Advocates works to preserve and enhance Spokane’s assets, both through our own efforts and by partnering with other organizations.  SPA began in 1997 and initially formed three committees: Doing-It, Communications/Networking and Funding. Within the first 6 months, SPA held 5 Doing-It projects and co-hosted a reception to honor local architect/developer Ron Wells’ appointment to the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We gained 40 new members, developed a newsletter, and arranged a walking tour of Peaceful Valley. SPA sent a letter of support to an organization working to preserve the river gorge and many other accomplishments. In 1999, the Heritage Fund was established beginning with Board members each donating $150. Members contributed and a rummage sale was held. Over $2,500 was raised and then given towards the restoration of the Fox Theater.  The Advocacy and Events committees were created soon after. In 2010, SPA created the Joanne Moyer Award to honor local persons, businesses or organizations who have demonstrated excellence in preservation activities in Spokane County. We became a Local Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2011, and worked to help bring to Spokane the National Preservation Conference (2012), and then worked with a broad coalition to plan it. Our latest effort is the creation of our newest Committee: Education.

Board of Directors

President – Bridget Piper — email
Vice President – Ann Kienholz Jurcevich — email
Secretary – Sheri Peters — email
Treasurer – Shaun Skidmore — email
Past-President – Paul Mann — email
Advocacy Co-Chair
– Karen Dorn-Steele — email
Advocacy Co-Chair – Barbara T. Clapp — email
Communications – Roynane Lisk — email
Development Chair – Ann Kienholz Jurcevich — email

       Hospitality – Virginia Carter — email
Education Chair – Jennifer Fees — email

       Doing-It – Kelly Lordan — email

Heritage Grants – Greg True — email

Member-at-Large – Rob McCoy
Member-at-Large – Mark Mansfield – email
Member-at-Large – Tresa Schmautz – email

Member-at-Large – Caitlin Shane
Advisor Emerita – Joanne Moyer — email

Staff – Dave Shockley, Executive Coordinator – email

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