Grant will aid Fort Vancouver National Trust projects

Price Foundation's $10,000 donation supports Providence Academy makeover

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust has received a $10,000 grant to support its heritage projects from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation.

Mike True, president and CEO of the National Trust, said that the money “was a general contribution based on our historic preservation initiatives.”

The Trust’s historic preservation work represents one of the areas the Price Foundation supports, Kay Dalke/Sheadel, executive director, said in a news release. The foundation serves nonprofits within Clark and Cowlitz counties.

The funding will help the National Trust in its most visible effort, the renovation of Providence Academy, True said. The trust purchased the landmark at 400 E. Evergreen Blvd. in January 2015.

“As we are looking at the Academy and working on the preservation project, this would support renovation,” True said. It also will support “telling the rich history of Mother Joseph” through interpretive elements, exhibits and educational programs.

Arlene Price grew up in Vancouver and was a 1943 graduate of Vancouver High School. She became an art teacher in Kelso, where she met her husband. Frank earned his law degree after serving as a Navy officer in World War II and was a Superior Court judge in Cowlitz County for several years.

According to Joanne Galloway, Arlene’s sister and a Vancouver resident, the Prices believed in the importance of historic preservation, and Arlene always felt especially closely tied to Vancouver.

“We are extremely grateful for this donation,” Steve Horenstein, chairman of the National Trust board, said in the news release. “The legacy of Frank and Arlene Price will be reflected for generations to come in the historic properties the Trust preserves.”