Monthly Archives: February 2014

Malstrom Nominees for 2013 are….

Register for the Annual Malstrom Award Program Luncheon Here (and Heritage Day)

Register for the Annual Malstrom Award Program Luncheon Here (and Heritage Day)

Malstrom Awards
Nominated Projects for 2013

Beginning in 2013 project year, if more than one publication is nominated, two Malstrom awards may be given, one for an outstanding publication and one for an outstanding project.

Nominees are:


Early Monroe History bookEarly Monroe (book)  by Dexter Taylor and the Monroe Historical Society.  Author Dexter Taylor spent a year and a half culling through thousands of photos in the Monroe Historical Society collection, visiting archives and digesting newspaper and manuscript sources that he brought together in this volume rich with the work of prior local researchers and current scholarship.  Dexter has selected iconic images and related stories of a small community striving to provide a better life for their descendant in this rich history published by Arcadia Press in 2013.


Tulalip from my heart Harriet Dover SheltonTulalip: From My Heart, An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community  by Harriette Shelton Dover, edited by Darleen Fitzpatrick, foreword by Wayne Williams.
Dover lived from 1904 to 1991, her life spanning nearly all of the 20th century.  What Harriette has written about in this book is a story much larger than her own life, bringing together her knowledge from published histories and the teachings and memories of her tribal elders.   She also tells her own experiences attending the cruel and punitive Tulalip Indian Boarding School, raising a family on the reservation, work and tribal politics, fishing rights and establishing a solid economy for Tulalips.  She also reached back in time, through stories told by her elders, to the 1855 Point Elliott Treaty signing, then moves forward to modern-day Tulalip.   Teacher, anthropologist, author, collaborator and friend Darleen Fitzpatrick served as editor of the book which was published by the University of Washington Press in 2013.



Podcast Audio Drama

Buffalo Bill in the City of Smokestacks:  The Wild West’s 1908 Everett appearance (a podcast audio drama with accompanying text and photos).  Everett Public Library:  Producer, Audio Engineer and Narrator Cameron Johnson; Voice Actors Van Ramsey, Eileen Simmons, Andrea Wallis, Ronald Averill, Lisa Labovitch, David Dilgard and Zac Matthews; Consultants David Dilgard (historical research) and Laura McCarty (audio engineer).  The Buffalo Bill podcast was posted on the library website Sept. 22, 2013, the 105th anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s appearance in Everett. 


Sno-Isle LibrariesDigitize Our Community History. (digitization of Snohomish County heritage photo collections).
Sno-Isle Libraries: Colleen Brazil, Terry Beck and Becky Bolte.
In 2013 Sno-Isle Libraries began a collaborative project to digitize, preserve and provide 24/7 online access to the historical images of communities. By year’s end, the project had made historical images available through the Sno-Isle web pages from Snohomish Historical Society, Darrington Historical Society and Edmonds South County Historical Society The 2013 project serves as a model for future collaboration.

Marker Dedication at Legion ParkFirst Neighbors – Hibulb Interpretive Signage, Legion Park Bluff, Everett.
Historic Everett and Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood Association.  With grants from Tulalip Tribes and the Everett Cultural Arts Commission, a committee headed by Annie Lyman and Valerie Steel worked with Sedro Woolley artist Jim Englehardt to create interpretive signage recognizing and celebrating the importance of the native people’s settlements on the shores of the central Salish Sea.  3 signs tell the story:  The Overlook View: Eye of the Region; HibulbVillage: Heart of the Region and The River: Lifeblood of the Region.

Shelton Skalaletut Pole video

William Shelton and the Sklaletut Pole

William Shelton and the Sklaletut Pole. (a video documentary).
Quil Ceda Media and Lita Sheldon.  William Shelton of Tulalip had an essential role in saving the traditions and language of the Tulalip people by writing down the stories and legends of the tribes of Puget Sound as well as creating story poles depicting the animals, legends and spirit quests from these stories.  His Sklaletut Pole was erected in 1913, 100 years ago last year.  David Dilgard narrates with interviewer J. D. Mowrer in this 11 minute video that in 2013 was included in the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles.
It won as Best Documentary Short at the Tulalip Film festival in 2013. (a new website).
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, Sue Walde, Manager of Library Catalog Database Project, Ruth Caesar, President; Flynn Clarke, Webmaster; ; Michelle Heiderer, Manager of library catalog project.  In the spring of 2013, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society contracted with Easy Net Sites in Florida to create an interactive website to offer free online access to their extensive record holdings.



Judging the Malstrom Awards this year is Janet Oakley, Visiting Historian, Whatcom Historical Museum, school program; Teaching Artist, Allied Arts, Whatcom County (hands-on history workshops in schools); Instructor, City U, History of Pacific Northwest; author of Tree Soldier and Timber Rose, historical fiction.  From 1999 to 2010 Janet served as the Educational Coordinator for the Skagit County Historical Museum, La Conner, WA and is a contributing writer to

Heritage and Malstrom Award Luncheon March 1st

Snohomish County Heritage Day and Malstrom Award Luncheon

March 1st beginning 8:30 am.

Our 2014 Heritage Day and Malstrom Awards Luncheon will be March 1st.  (Click our web page for details and registration materials.)

The deadline for Malstrom Award nominations is Feb. 10th – so if you haven’t got them done, now is the time to contact Margaret Riddle and let her know.

Sessions is include programs on

  • using social media for our heritage groups
  • digitizing photographs by Sno-Isle Libraries and the Everett Public Library
  • the history of Centennial Trail project – a great collaboration of park and history
  • forum to learn about how to self-publish your history articles and books, both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Opportunities to meet and hear about other history related projects going on around the Counties.
  • Great Auction items!

The featured luncheon program will be Lynn Hyde, Education & Outreach Coordinator of the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, a part of the National Park System.  He will bring us a program about the history and the historical preservation projects of this area, one of the first settled in the Puget Sound.

Please join us – registration materials here  (You don’t have to come for the whole day, see the registration materials for details.)


Community Heritage Program grant applications available


Snohomish County Heritage Preservation Program now Accepting Applications for 2014 projects
“Preserving the past, building the future”

Snohomish County is currently accepting applications from public and nonprofit agencies for projects that develop and promote heritage preservation in the county. By providing matching funds on a competitive basis, the Community Heritage Program supports projects that promote the public’s access to county history. Funding is available for professional development, public education, capital improvements or collections management.

Money is awarded from recording fees collected by the Snohomish County Auditor. The allocation of these fees for projects that “promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents” is authorized under RCW 36.22.170. The revenues accrue to a dedicated fund and may not be used for any purposes other than those stipulated in the RCW.
As has been done in the past, the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission will review applications and make recommendations to the Snohomish County Executive and County Council for final approval.

Previous awards have been used to create a cyber-tour of heritage landmarks, purchase archival materials for storing museum artifacts and the digitalization of brittle newspaper collections.
Funds will be available beginning in June and will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who can complete their proposed projects by Dec. 15, 2014. Funds are REINBURSED FOR APPROVED PROJECT COSTS ONLY. Historically, project allocations have averaged about $3,500.

Details of eligibility and other program requirements are included in the application package, which must be filled out and returned to the Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Development by 5 p.m. Monday, April 7. Applications received after that time and date will not be considered.

Applications are available by contacting the Office of Economic Development at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S #411, Everett, WA, 98201.
For more information on the program, contact Wendy Becker at 425-388-3186 or wendy.becker at

2013 recipients were:

  • Edmonds South Snohomish County Historical Society (website and 40th anniversary program funding)
  •  ($1300 funded 8 new Snohomish County files)
  • Marysville Historical Society (newspaper digitization)
  • Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Assn/Museum (newspaper digitization of the Arlington Times)
  • Stillaguamisih Valley Genealogical Society (website upgrade with added informational content)
  • Monroe Historical Society (newspaper digitization)
  • City of Bothell