Presentation of a Pierce County Historical organization’s top award presentation was delayed because its well-deserving recipient was out of the country that day.
On Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, members of Pierce County’s Heritage League gathered at the Washington State History Museum for its annual meeting. Those who attended that session were sworn to secrecy about the honor.
On Feb. 13, the League’s Lifetime Achievement award was presented during the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association’s board meeting that evening.
The recipient? Joan Curtis.
Curtis, who’s been involved with and part of Steilacoom’s Historical preservation efforts through the Museum and the Town for more than 30 years, was surprised when League president Karen Haas arrived at the evening session, purportedly to talk about the League.
Connie Hildahl, a longtime friend, and League member presented Curtis with the elaborate gold/green certificate in recognition of her numerous accomplishments. Too numerous to list here.
Joan’s husband, Boyd, daughter, Amy and granddaughter, Cassie, also were there, along with others, to mark the occasion.
Whether it’s a re-enactment, historic preservation, or research about some local historical event, from the Bad Boys of McNeil to The Town on the Sound and much more, Joan knows the answer.
That Lifetime Achievement Award? Definitely well deserved.