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Gig Harbor resident honored by state’s historic preservation department

Gig Harbor resident Lita Dawn Stanton was among 11 honorees in seven categories for the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s 2016 Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation awards.
Gig Harbor resident Lita Dawn Stanton was among 11 honorees in seven categories for the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s 2016 Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation awards. Staff file

Gig Harbor resident Lita Dawn Stanton was among 11 honorees in seven categories for the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s 2016 Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation awards.

Stanton took home an award in the Historic Career Achievement category. She accepted the award at a ceremony May 17 at the Pritchard Building on the Capital Campus in Olympia.

Each year, the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) honors persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.

Awards are made in the following categories: Barn Rehabilitation, Cemetery Preservation, Career Achievement, Preservation Education, Preservation Stewardship, Special Achievement, and the Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation of historic buildings.

This year’s contingent of winners hail from Douglas, Jefferson, King, Kittitas, Pierce and Whatcom counties. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, a key law championed by Washington’s congressional leaders.

Stanton is a longtime resident of Gig Harbor, born into a local family of commercial fishermen. Her passion for art, culture, and preservation is reflected in her life’s work and professional achievement. Formerly the city’s historic preservation officer, she was responsible for overseeing the inventory of both historic residential and commercial business in Gig Harbor. Among her many achievements, Stanton successfully worked to recognize and protect what is now Skansie Brothers Park and netshed, and Eddon Boat Works, both on the Gig Harbor waterfront.

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