Heritage Awards

Malstrom Heritage Awards are back!Saturday, June 8, 202411:30 PM – 2:00 PMLonghouseEvergreen State Fairgrounds14405 179th Avenue SEMonroe, WA 98272

The application for the 2023 Malstrom Awards (for either the “project” or the “publication” category that was completed in 2023) can be found here: 2023 Nominations Form

Deadline for the application is April 8, 2024, 11:59 PMMail to:  LOSCHO Attn: Malstrom, PO Box 1773, Marysville, WA, 98270-1773
Download and fill in the form here: 2023 Nominations Form
The project or publication must contribute to the preservation or interpretation of Snohomish County history and will be judged using any of the following criteria as well as other factors needed to complete the project or publication:

• Providing new or unique historic information, interpretation or discoveries
• 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
About Helmer Malstrom (updated March 2023)The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations (LOSCHO) began in 1983 as the idea of Brent Lambert, Snohomish County Heritage Planner. In an effort to encourage and honor heritage projects in Snohomish County, an annual awards program began, named after County volunteer and local history writer Helmer Malstrom who passed away in 1985.For 25 years the Malstrom Award was presented at LOSCHO’s annual meeting and luncheon held in Snohomish. From 2012 – 2014 the awards presentation was part of their Heritage Day events, which were held in Stanwood at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center building. In the following years it was split between Stanwood and Snohomish. In 2018, we were invited by the Marysville Historical Society to use their new Marysville Museum for the 2018 Malstrom Award luncheon. Our last awards luncheon was held at the American Legion Hall in Granite Falls, with last year’s program set for March 2022 cancelled because of COVID restrictions.The Malstrom Award has been awarded for historical publications, the preservation or rebuilding of historic structures and sites, the creation of new museums, various special exhibits and digital projects. There is no monetary award. Beginning with 2014, the award was officially separated into two categories: one for publications (books, calendars, etc.) and one for projects (exhibits, historic preservation projects, events, etc.).