James Cuthill with Malstrom Award; Photo: Courtesy Lita Sheldon
We had a wonderful gathering of historians Saturday (Mar 18) at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood in spite of the driving rain.
Representatives from all of our Heritage organizations met to share ideas and learn more about each other projects. Once again this year the projects were amazing efforts of research and interpretation and all worthy of recognition.
Our judge this year, Fred Poyner IV, of the Nordic Heritage Museum felt that the winner best met our criteria and stood out was the historical novel:
*Sawdust Empire* by J. D. Howard (James Cuthill)
Historical novel featuring the mystery and various perspectives on the 1916 Everett Massacre and shingle weavers union strike. It also tells the story of the timber industry of the day and life in Snohomish County at the time.
Sawdust Empire by J. D. Howard (James Cuthill)
Copies available through Amazon.
The Malstrom Award luncheon again was wonderful gathering for local historians throughout Snohomish County. Hearing about the projects that we are all working on is inspiring.
Thanks to Otto Greule and Warner Blake for their program on the Architect J. S. White and the complexities of taking good quality architectural photographs. We have run into the problems involved in documenting our historic buildings and it is great to know some of the tricks of a great photographer who doesn’t rely totally on Photoshop but real photographic techniques.
For Projects in 2015 :
The Mukilteo Walking Tour
A joint project between the Mukilteo Historical Society and Jericho Bridge Church. Don Saul, President, Mukilteo Historical Society.
The Mukilteo Historical Society (MHS) and Jericho Bridge Church (JBC) created a self-guided walking tour of Mukilteo Lighthouse Grounds and Park. The tour has 14 tour stops covering approximately .5 miles of paved, level ground. The tour is summarized in a brochure available at the Park, various outlets around the city, on 2 ferries (and their terminals), and at the Future of Flight Museum. The tour stops have signs attached to existing historical/informational signs. A website (www.mukilteowalkingtour.com) was built for the tour with even more detail information on the stops (written and audio content). The audio content is narrated by 10 Mukilteo residents and actors.
For Publications in 2015 :
Everett’s First Schools- 2016 Calendar
Creator: Historic Everett, Everett WA
Each year (since 2005) Historic Everett develops an educational, full color, masterpiece calendar on a topic that is relevant to Everett’s history. The calendar is not only a chronology of dates for that year (2016) but designed to be an anecdotal history lesson for future generations. This is the latest in an excellent series of calendars featuring well documented and researched history of the City of Everett. It has long been a great contribution towards these efforts.
Waltz Building, Snohomish, Washington
Nominations are closed but click here for the Malstrom Award Nominees 2015 (pdf).
The Malstrom Award Luncheon to celebrate historic preservation projects, programs and publications of 2015 will be Saturday, March 19th at noon once again at the Waltz Building.
Please join us for this great annual get together and program.
- Noon: Luncheon – Lasagna, Green Salad, French Bread and Dessert.
The Luncheon will be $30; Catered by Collectors Choice.
Reservations and prepayment are required for the luncheon by March 14th (not the tour), please contact us.
If you do not receive a reservation form in the mail, Click here (pdf) Or email me and I will send you one.
- 1:00 p.m. ~ Malstrom Award 2015 Presentations
- 1:15 p.m ~ Guest Speakers : Seattle Architectural Photographer Otto Greule and Snohomish History Writer Warner Blake
The J. S. White Story – Snohomish Architect of the city’s many historic buildings.
Photographer Otto Greule will show and talk about the photographing of the historic architecture with a sample selection from his work in Snohomish since 2009. Warner will provide the historical context and an overall explanation of the project to document J.S. White’s work in frontier Snohomish. And of course J.S. White has his own Facebook page!
After talk there will be a Guided Walking Tour of J. S. White’s 19th Century Snohomish with Warner Blake. It will include a mile long loop walk to view the structures photographed by Otto; plus, those not ready for “prime time!” Experience the town as J.S. White’s family did — on foot!
If you can’t join us for the walking tour, here is the pdf handout for it.
The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations’ mission of the past 30 years has brought together local historians, genealogists, and those interested in all aspects historic preservation from buildings to antiques to photographs to family histories. We have become good friends and shared many successful to publications, preserved many buildings, and discovered many great stories and photographs. We are hoping that there may be more people interested in continuing this tradition. Please join us for our next events and meetings.
Waltz Building, Snohomish, Washington
Our annual meeting will be Saturday January 23rd 2016 at the Waltz Building at 10 a.m. We will have a short business meeting to elect officers followed by a program featuring the new presentation on the Historical Asset Inventory which has identified 14,000 potentially historic buildings in the County and conducted windshield surveys to focus in on the best opportunities.
Traditionally we have also hosted an annual award luncheon to celebrate the Malstrom Award for outstanding historic preservation projects. We will be having this luncheon on March 19th, also at the Waltz Building. More information on the luncheon will be announced soon.
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations
Two great nominations were submitted for the 2014 Malstrom Award. Each represented the two categories for submission so each won. They were announced and celebrated on Saturday March 14th. The awards acknowledge outstanding contributions to the field of Snohomish County history.
Please see the comments (pdf) by Lisa Hill Festa the League’s Technical Advisor.
Alderwood Manor Heritage Association and the Lowell Civic Association were both winners:
Gail Chism of the Lowell Civic Association accepts the award for the Publication “150 Years of Lowell History” which she wrote with co-author Karen Redfield. [Click the photo for more info]
Kevin Stadler and Cherie Ryan accepted the award on behalf of the Alderwood Manor Heritage Assn for their newly designed website. Click the picture to open the website representing the wide range of projects and programs this well organized group has accomplished.