Every year at our annual meeting, the Heritage League of Pierce County recognized the outstanding heritage work carried out in our county by museum and community professionals. The goal of these awards is to recognize achievement among our members and affiliates doing heritage work in Pierce County.
Award nominations are typically due in early January.
2020 nomination form:2020_AwardNomination
Past winners are listed below.
Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Bob Minnich for his work with the Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion.
Other awards presented at the 2018 annual meeting were:
Publications Award to Winona Jacobsen for her work in support of the Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society, including researching and writing a book detailing the history of Bonney Lake.
Event Award to the Tacoma Historical Society for hosting the 11th Annual Destiny Dinner, celebrating Tacoma’s social justice champions.
Special Projects/Collaborations Award to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office for bringing the Youth Heritage Project to Tacoma, engaging teens in hands‐on learning about local maritime heritage.
Promotion/Marketing Award to Phillip Raschke for his efforts on behalf of the Buffalo Soldiers Museum. He brings Pierce County history to a wide audience through his radio program, lectures and historical films.
Organizational Achievement Award to Mary Bowlby for her advocacy and determination to expand the Job Carr Cabin Museum’s presence in the community.
Individual Achievement Awrd to Melissa McGinnis for her long‐standing efforts to support local history in her work at MetroParks Tacoma.
Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Carol and Orville Stout for their work with Historic Fort Steilacoom.
Other awards presented at the 2017 annual meeting were:
Publication Award to Jerry Ramsey for Stealing Puget Sound on the history of native, English, American and Hudson Bay Company land-claims.
Education Award to the Jan Adams and the Foss Maritime Seaport for a project involving reconstruction of a whale skeleton by Stadium High school Students at the Seaport.
Special Project Award to Deb Freeman for her book and exhibit project that shed light on Tacoma’s Jewish community.
Individual Achievement Award to Nancy Keller-Scholz for her work on the Middle School Daycamp at Fort Nisqually.
“Eyes of the Totem” was recognized with a Special Collaboration Award.
Marshall McClintock was recognized with a Historic Preservation Award.
Lane Sample was recognized with a Individual Achievement Award.
Caroline Gallacci – Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Carrell – Heritage Advocate Award
Greater Bonney Lake – Event Award
Job Carr Cabin Museum – Education Award
Lakewood & Tacoma Historical Societies – Outstanding Collaboration Award
University Place – Organizational Achievement Award
Joan Curtis – Lifetime Achievement Award
Fife Historical Society – Special Program Award
Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, Tacoma Cemetery and Tacoma Historical Society – Special Event Award
Jim Giesy & Barbara Tronca – Volunteer Award
Lakewood Historical Society – Marketing & Promotion Award
Longbranch Improvement Club – Publication Award
Puyallup Historical Society & Puyallup Library – Special Project Award
Sharon Winters – Advocacy Award
Ron Karabaich – Lifetime Achievement Award
Kathy Westlin – Education Award
Phil Raschke – Community Connections Award
Tacoma Historical Society – Institutional Event Award
Peggy Barchi – Event Management Award
Lakewood Historical Society – Institutional Achievement Award
Tom Cashman – Individual Achievement Award
Steve Dunkelberger – Heritage Advocate Award
Jon Robin Paterson – Lifetime Achievement Award
Carl Vest – Community Connections Award
Charlotte “Polly” Medlock – Advocacy Award
Cindy Calton – Publications Award
Bill Rhind – Exhibitions and Collections Award
Harbor History Museum – Education Award
Leann O’Neil – Individual Achievement Award
Lakewood Historical Society – Special Event Award
Fox Island Historical Society – Institutional Achievement Award
Mavis Stears – Lifetime Achievement Award
Lorraine Overmyer – Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumous)
Janice Baginski – Archive Award
Carla Wutz – Special Projects Award
Deb Freedman – Individual Achievement Award
University Place Historical Society CHIPS Committee – Advocacy Award
Harbor History Museum – Institutional Achievement Award