4 locals receive Tacoma Historical Society awards

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

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

Dr. Jim Hoard, Dawn Lucien, and Dennis Flannigan received the society’s Alan Liddle Award for their efforts to save Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge. Dr. Hoard and Lucien were principals in the Save Our Bridge organization, which demonstrated the feasibility of saving the bridge. The historic span reopened after renovation and marked its centennial this year. Flannigan, a former state representative, was cited for his efforts in securing funding for the bridge. The Alan Liddle Award recognizes historic preservation achievement.

Maritime historian Chuck Fowler received the society’s Murray Morgan Award for historical writing. Fowler authored or co-authored Tall ships on Puget Sound, Tugboats on Puget Sound, and Patrol Boats and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound. An Olympia resident, he is former president of the Maritime Historical Society of Puget Sound. The Murray Morgan Award recognizes achievement for historical research and writing.

The annual awards were presented Monday during the organization’s 23rd annual meeting at the University of Puget Sound.

Past recipients of the Murray Morgan 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); and Thomas R. Stenger (2012).

Past recipients of the Alan Liddle Award include Alan Liddle and Patricia Sias (2008); Robert W. Evans (2009); Linda Bowman and Kathryn VanWagenen (2010); L.T. Murray Jr. (2011); and August Gene Grulich (2012).

More information is available online at tacomahistory.org.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article noted local historian Dr. Ronald E. Magden screened and discussed a rare 1929 Tacoma film during this year’s meeting. Dr. Magden screened the film during last year’s meeting.

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