TACOMA — Irene Martin of Skamokawa has been awarded the David Douglas Fellowship Award from the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees for her work as curator of the “Legacy of the Columbia River Fishery” project, a traveling exhibit on Columbia River commercial fishing, both tribal and non-tribal, historical and present-day.

“I’m delighted to receive this award, and especially want to point out this was a team effort with artist Keith Hoofnagle, formerly of the National Park Service, and Lisa Mooers, who did the technical work,” Martin said. “Numerous agencies, museums and other groups, including the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, contributed photographs and advice. Many thanks to them all for their help and support.”

  The exhibit debuted in 2012 and has been shown at a number of venues including the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, the Oregon State Fair, Naselle Finn Fest and the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission’s “Future of Our Salmon” conference. Working with several groups, she spearheaded the effort to put together this beautifully written and illustrated exhibit.

The exhibit is available for hosting, with the only cost being shipping/transportation, and anyone interested can connect Martin at 360-795-3920.

Martin also was principal author of “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” the history of the Columbia River Packers Association, available at the Chinook Observer and local booksellers.

The David Douglas Fellowship Award recognizes the significant contribution of an individual or an organization through projects, exhibits, educational products or any other vehicle that informs or expands appreciation of any field of Washington state history during the previous year.

The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Historical Society on June 22 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma at the noon luncheon. For reservations, contact Laura Berry at 253-798-5899 or e-mail lberry@wshs.wa.gov.

Founded in 1891, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and vividly presenting Washington’s rich and varied history. The Society is comprised of a family of museums, research centers, and programs offering a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and lifelong learners. This includes the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma and the State Capital Museum in Olympia. The Washington State Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Society is also recognized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the state of Washington with enumerated powers. For more information, or to become a member, please call 888-BE-THERE, or visit WashingtonHistory.org.

The Washington State History Museum, flagship of the Washington State Historical Society, is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, just off 1-5. The museum presents exhibits, programs, and events that bring to life the stories of Washington’s history.

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