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Barry Gough to receive Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal!

Barry Gough to receive Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal!

September 2016

Congratulations to D&M author Barry Gough, who is the winner of this year's Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal! First given in 1968, the Robert Gray Medal is the highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society. It recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation, and service to local historical societies.

Dr. Barry Gough was founding director of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of King's College London and Life Member of the Association of Canadian Studies. He has authored many critically acclaimed books, including Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour Publishing, 2007), which won the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history, and The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014), which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Gough has been writing about the history of the Pacific Coast for almost four decades, and in 2016 he was named Honourary President of the BC Historical Federation. He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife Marilyn.

The award will be presented at the Washington State Historical Society's general meeting on September 24, 2016, along with the rest of the society's annual awards.

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