Claim to fame: Morris won a Bellingham Mayor's Art Award in 2005 for her work promoting local history. A longtime volunteer with Whatcom County Historical Society, she has coordinated more than 100 free local history programs, and helped start the society's journal.
Morris worked with historians, families, museums and libraries on the Whatcom Memories Project, and edited the "Whatcom Memories: Photo Album" book. She also has written about such local history topics as Mount Baker Theatre, the Northwest Washington Fair, Deming Logging Show, the evacuation of local Japanese-Americans during World War II, and women in the commercial fishing industry.
What else she does: Morris served on the Everson Library board, and worked on projects with Whatcom and Lynden Pioneer museums and Lummi Nation Archives, and with Western Washington University on publications, exhibits and a Campus School reunion.
Why she does it: "I love helping people find a venue for their longtime research interests and helping broaden the definition, knowledge and availability of local history."
What's next: The Historical Society is establishing Old Town Days as an annual fall event at the restored Territorial Courthouse on E Street. On a personal project, Morris is starting to preserve photographs and research the background of her Japanese immigrant grandparents.