This month terminates the year end efforts of The Peter Puget Memorial Project. Skip Dreps and I began and ended the year at the Washington State Capitol. This has been quite a year starting up and building a foundation for the project to be launched.
Skip Dreps has been hard at work in the halls of the state capitol and to date he has gained support from the Association of Washington Generals. A few days ago we met with Senator Jim Honeyford to discuss legislation for the Project. Skip will orchestrate this next big aspect. The NW Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans Association will support our "Fund Raising" efforts.
Barbara( Hira) has been busy "Friend Raising" and has collected quite a number of like minded individuals/organizations who believe in the Lt. Peter Puget Memorial Project. We would like to thank the following organizations/ people who have been very supportive in listening to and helping in spreading our message: Honor, Memorialize and Celebrate Lt. Peter Puget and his Exploration Party.
Gareth Curtiss- Artist for Project- His work is inspiring to all who see it.
The Washington State Parks Recreation Agency- Blake, Cutts and Kopachuck State Parks- Peter Herzog, Assist Director, The WSPR Commissioners/ Planners/ Park Rangers.
The Tacoma Waterfront Assn- Sue Schaeffer/ Roger Williams/ Dick Ramsey
The Tacoma Yacht Club- Commodore Charlie Long
The Tacoma Women's Sailing Assn- President Cheryl Bertha
The Tacoma Library NW Room- Vancouver Voyage of Discovery
The Gig Harbor Rotary Club- Dick Van Berg
The Anderson Island Historical Society- Dave Jacobsen
The Anderson Island Parks Commission- Jacob's Point Park
The British Consul- Robin Twyman for Business and Government Affairs
The Foss Waterway Seaport Museum- Joseph Govednik
The Browns Point Lighthouse- Jim Harnish and Mavis Stears
Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones of the Dreamspeaker Guides.
Richard Blumenthal- Author, Historian of Washington Waters- exploration/naming- He launched my own voyage with his knowledge of Peter Puget and Captain Vancouver.
Deb Wallace- Airport and Ferry Administrator Pierce County- Gig Harbor Rotary
John and Pat Lantz- Gig Harbor Rotary and WSPR Commission
Too Tall Tom- crew on board Shatoosh for our replication of Puget's exploration.
It has been a memorable year getting to meet so many supportive and enthusiastic people. I want to thank all the boaters on all the docks whom I have met and spoken to, and from all my blog readers from around the world. We are all learning about The Voyage of Discovery and Lt. Peter Puget's exploration of the southern waters. I also want to thank all my friends, relatives who support me on a regular basis in this journey. There is still lots to do to complete this project, so stay tuned.
The Completed Projects 2017-2018
1. Steilacoom-3 sites:
Steilacoom Historical Museum Association-Voyage of Discovery
Pioneer Park- Historic Waters
Saltars Point Park- Crossroads of Discovery
2.. Vancouver Notch: Washington State Committee on Geographic Names Approved Proposal on October 23, 2015
On 1 December 2015, The Washington State Department of Natural Resources Board approved Vancouver Notch as an official name. The US Board on Geographic Names denied my Proposal based on new coordinates which put the feature in a Wilderness Area. January 3, 2017, the WA Board rescinded its approval to denial status.