The 2016 Medal of Merit Goes To:


Roger Ottenbach!  Roger has devoted much of his time and energy to Puget Sound Maritime over the years demonstrating his passion for the organization, preserving maritime history, and inspiring youth to engage with Puget Sound’s maritime heritage.  He served as our Board of Governors President from 2010-2012 and has continued his service tirelessly.

During his time as President, Roger worked diligently with Leonard Garfield, MOHAI staff, and Karen Marshall to ensure that PSMHS was well-situated in the joint move from Montlake to Lake Union Park/Georgetown.  Although he still runs his own business, Roger has adopted PSMHS as a second nearly full-time job.  Since completing his term as president, he has continued on the Board and fulfilled those duties and more.  Assisting in every aspect of the organization, Roger’s contributions can be seen in everything we do – from collections management, exhibits and education programming to board development, partnerships, and fundraising.

Since our 2015 acquisition of the YMTA, Roger has also taken a premier role in its operation, attending almost every career fair, building relationships with sponsors, and recently becoming the co-chair of the YMTA Committee.


Our Volunteer of the Year Is…

Joe Baar, Volunteer of the Year, working in our collections storage.Joe Baar!  Joe joined our volunteering crew in April 2013 and began by helping in with our flat file collection.  Soon after joining us, he filled the role of Volunteer Library Coordinator and frequently acts as our point person for archival materials and information.  Joe has become integral to many of our cataloging projects, database work, and outreach and research efforts.  In June 2013 Joe joined the Collections Committee as well as the Sea Chest Editorial Board, for which he spends many hours reviewing, proof-reading, and fact-checking article submissions.  Joe also contributes to our blog, Inside Passage, submits articles for the Sea Chest, and willingly steps in for any odd task that needs an extra pair of hands.

Of his time here, Joe says “I think the people I work with at Puget Sound Maritime have changed my life the most. At last to be able to talk with knowledgeable, kind, forthcoming people whose experience and interests are so similar to my own, has been just amazing.”

Thank you for your time and energy, Joe!  We truly appreciate all of your hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication!  Joe will also be honored at our June 7th dinner meeting; please come and show your appreciation!