2 locals receive Tacoma Historical Society awards

The Tacoma Historical Society has announced the recipients of this year's Murray Morgan Award and Alan C. Liddle Award for...

The Tacoma Historical Society has announced the recipients of this year’s Murray Morgan Award and Alan C. Liddle Award for their roles in presenting and conserving the city’s history.

The organization’s Murray Morgan Award was presented to Russell H. Holter for significant efforts to preserve and communicate local history, according to Tacoma Historical Society officials. Holter is author of the forthcoming book Tacoma’s Fateful Fourth, which documents a streetcar crash that killed 43 people and injured many more on July 4, 1900, and co-author with Jesse Clark McAbee of Rails to Paradise, which documents the Tacoma Eastern Railroad.

James R. Merritt received the organization’s Alan C. Liddle Award for achievement in historic preservation. According to Tacoma Historical Society officials, Merritt was honored for a professional career that encompassed nearly every important historic preservation project in Tacoma in the last four decades.

The awards were presented Monday during the Tacoma Historical Society’s 26th annual meeting at the University of Puget Sound.

The Murray Morgan Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to efforts to preserve and communicate local history. Past recipients of this award include Murray Morgan (1992); Winnifred L. Olsen (1993); Caroline Kellogg (1994); Ottilie Markholt (1995); Dr. Ronald E. Magden (1996); Gary Fuller Reese (1997); Cecelia Svinth Carpenter (1998); Robert Tschida (1999); Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society (2000); Brian G. Kamens (2001); Caroline Denyer Gallacci and Ron Karabaich (2002); Charlotte Medlock (2003); Jim Fredrickson (2004); Dorothy “Dode” Trip (2005); Marie Hayden (2006); Ralph Decker (2007); Karla Wakefield Stover (2008); Roger Cushman Edwards (2009); Paul R. Michaels (2010); Deb Freedman (2011); Thomas R. Stenger (2012); and Chuck Fowler (2013); Dr. Jerry V. Ramsey (2014); and C. Mark Smith (2015).

The Alan C. Liddle Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the preservation of Tacoma’s historic structures. Past recipients of this award include Alan C. Liddle and Patricia Sias (2008); Robert W. Evans (2009); Linda Bowman and Kathryn VanWagenen (2010); L.T. Murray Jr. (2011); August Gene Grulich (2012); Dr. Jim Hoard, Dawn Lucien, and Dennis Flannigan (2013); Robert Schuler (2014); and David Burns (2015).

More information is available online at tacomahistory.org.

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