The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations invites individualsÂ and groups to submit nominations for their heritage projects in SnohomishÂ County completed in 2013.
The Leagueâ€™s Malstrom Awards are offered to recognize outstandingÂ contributions to preserving our heritage in Snohomish County and to shareÂ experience, skills and resources. We encourage and welcome applications ofÂ all types and sizes to help acknowledge those that may go unnoticed outsideÂ of our local communities.
Eligible activities include historic preservation of architecture, cultural sites, historical or genealogical research/collections, exhibits,Â publications (print and online), video/film and museum work. While anÂ individual may be named to represent the project, it is usually the projectÂ and not the individual for which the award is made.
Malstrom Applications due Feb 15th, 2014
Beginning this year,Â if there are more than two publications nominated, there may be two awardsÂ given, one for a publication and one for a project.
The winner will be announced and honored at this year’s Heritage DayÂ luncheon, March 1, 2014.
You can find an application on the League website at
After careful review of each impressive project, we have selected a winner that we feel best meets each of the criteria of new or unique information, interpretation and/or discoveries; contributing to the preservation and/or interpretation of Snohomish County; use of Best Practices; effective collaboration with other community organizations; and creative use of resources.Â Though each of the nominees had impressive projects, we have selected Maltby and Neighbors by Elsie L Mann.Â This work not only met all of the criteria, but it also created a lasting legacy for Snohomish County that will be around for many generations. Â Â It demonstrated an impressive amount of research, hard work, and collaboration.
Judges:Â Cristy Lake and Jessie Cunningham Northwest Railway Museum Snoqualmie Washington
Malstrom Award for 2012 – the publication “Maltby and Neighbors” by Historian Elsie Mann.
“Maltby and Neighbors” is a book documenting the history of the previously undocumented areas in South-Central Snohomish County, including the small communities of Maltby, Grace, Cathcart, and ClearviewÂ as well as settlements at Paradise, Crystal, Echo and Lost Lakes.Â The author is local historian, Elsie Mann.Â Several decades of research came together in this work published in 2012.
See below (previous posts) for information on other nominees.
Five great nominations were received for the 2012 Malstrom Award.Â The award will be announced and presented on March 23th at the Heritage Day & Malstrom Award Luncheon.
Project Name:Â â€œMaltby and Neighborsâ€, a book documenting the history of the previously undocumented areas in South-Central Snohomish County, including the small communities of Maltby, Grace, Cathcart, and ClearviewÂ as well as settlements at Paradise, Crystal, Echo and Lost Lakes.Â The author is local historian, Elsie Mann.Â Several decades of research came together in this work published in 2012.
Project Name:Â â€œThe Howard S. Wright House Restorationâ€, located at 2112 Rucker, Everett.Â Â Everett resident and past Historic Everett president William Belshaw purchased the rundown historically important American Foursquare Howard S. Wright home in Everett in 2006.Â TheÂ Howard S. Wright home was in virtual tear-down status and the property was to be replaced with a 24-unit development when Mr. Belshaw stepped in and saved the house. Â Â With the help ofÂ Historic Everett one of the most historically significant and intact blocks on Everett’s Rucker Avenue was preserved.Â The top to bottom restoration of the structure was completed in 2012.
Project Name:Â â€œSaloons & Brothels of Days (and Nights) Gone Byâ€, a 2013 calendar produced by Historic Everett.Â Historic Everett has published calendars for ten years, generally focusing on the houses, buildings and architects in Everett’s past.Â Â Last year Historic Everett’s directors chose to examine the city’s past night life side.Â Designer Diane Brooks searched extensively for these images.Â Sources were Everett Community College, the Museum of History and Industry and Everett Public Library.
Project Name:Â â€œStillaguamish Valley Pioneer’s 100 Yearsâ€, a publication by the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association.Â The Pioneer Association came into being in 1912 as five or six men stood on a street corner in Arlington and decided to start having picnics with other pioneer families.Â The book chronicles the organization’s history, including museum structures, as well as historical highlights of Stillaguamish Valley communities, businesses and industries.
Project Name:Â â€œWaistlines and Hemlinesâ€, a museum exhibit by the Stanwood Area Historical Society.Â The exhibit vividly tells the story of the women who lived in the Stanwood area during the first seventy years of the twentieth century.Â Waistlines and Hemlines features an extensive collection of fashionable ladies’ clothing that serves to illuminate women’s history from 1900 through 1970.Â These are the clothes women saved and treasured.Â Docents enhanced the fashions by weaving into the exhibit historical anecdotes, photographs from each decade, newspaper articles and ads of the day, period objects and an interpretive synopsis of each era covered.