Heritage Awards

Nominations are now being reviewed. The deadline was Friday, February 23, 2018.

The award, named for local historian Helmer Malstrom, recognizes outstanding contributions that preserve our heritage in Snohomish County. The League uses an out-of-county historical group or individual to judge and select the winning publication and/or project.

The 2017 nominees:

Mukilteo Pioneer Cemetery Book and Map
Submitted by the Mukilteo Historical Society

In August 2017, the Mukilteo Historical Society (MHS) published a bound 44-page illustrated booklet containing a wealth of information about our historic Pioneer Cemetery. Written and researched for over five years by acclaimed genealogist and MHS member Dr. Margaret Robe Summit, the booklet serves as a guide to the history and the stories of old Mukilteo as told through the lives of the families represented in its historic cemetery. Printed and bound by locally owned and operated Sisters Press, the booklet contains numerous photographs, many in color, images of historic documents, and biographies of those buried in our historic cemetery. It also contains a detachable color 11×17 map of the cemetery that was developed in collaboration with the City of Mukilteo. The booklet is now available in several local libraries and its content can be viewed on an interactive website developed by the city. It is also available for purchase at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Gift Shop.

On the Trail of Richard Roesiger: A Pioneer’s Life in the Pacific Northwest
Submitted by the Lake Roesiger Homeowners Association

On the Trail of Richard Roesiger is a biography about Richard Roesiger, a young German immigrant who was the first homesteader in the Lake Roesiger area of Snohomish County over 130 years ago. Richard’s story is a substantial work compiled into a 500-page biography based on his own handwritten diaries which he patiently kept for decades, offering details of a homesteader’s life that cannot found anywhere else. Author Monika Teusher-Schramm, Richard’s great niece, actively researched for nearly 30 years, discovering his 100-year-old diaries and other official records to accurately portray his life as a pioneer in the old-growth wilderness of Snohomish County.

City of Everett: 125th Anniversary Edition 2018 Calendar
Submitted by Historic Everett, published Oct. 2017

Written by educator and historian Jack O’Donnell, the calendar celebrates the boom years of the 1890s. As early investors Henry Hewitt and Charles Colby plotted the future of this new Washington township, the seal and industrial fabrics took hold of the peninsula at the mouth of the Snohomish River. The calendar commemorates the birth of Everett and shares daily highlights that shaped the cities past. Copies are still available through the Historic Everett website and J. Matheson Gifts on Colby Avenue.

TO COME: Marysville Museum’s nomination to be scanned.

The criteria the award will be based on:

  • Providing new or unique historic information, interpretation or discoveries
  • Contributing to the preservation or interpretation of Snohomish County history
  • Use of best museum, research, or digital practices
  • Effective collaboration with other community organizations such as school groups, service clubs, or libraries as additional outreach
  • Creative use of resources which may include funding, donated materials or services, consultants or staffing

For more information, contact either Tom Thorleifson or Fred Cruger at  info@snocoheritage.org or snocoheritage@gmail.com



Save the date:
Malstrom Heritage Awards Luncheon
Marysville Museum
Saturday, March 17, 2018
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
For more information click here.