Begun in 1999, the Voices of Ballard Project was an expansive oral history project and a joint effort of the Ballard Historical Society, the Swedish Finn Historical Society, and the Nordic Heritage Museum. This week, the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) awarded the Virginia Marie Folkins Award to the Voices of Ballard Project.
The Virginia Maria Folkins Award honors “the author and/or sponsoring organization of an outstanding historical publication.” We are delighted to have played a role in the effort to preserve the oral histories of Ballard residents.
Laura Cooper, BHS Trustee, volunteered for three years and was among those accepting the award at the AKCHO ceremony in April at Seattle’s new Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Earlier this year, Erin Schadt posted a guest article about the Project’s resulting book, Voices of Ballard and Beyond. Gordon Strand, along with Mari-Ann Kind Jackson, spearheaded the Nordic American Voices project. The book is available at Secret Garden Books on Market Street.
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