Meta Buttnick Award


The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) is proud to honor our Executive Director Lisa Kranseler.

The 2019 honoree is Lisa Kranseler, Executive Director of WSJHS for 13 years.

Lisa believes that we make history every single day. And, she has produced programs and exhibits that celebrate that history. Her vision is to bring a Jewish heritage center or museum to our community.

Lisa is committed to building partnerships and developing public awareness for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. She has served on the board of the Association of King County Historical Organizations for over six years, received the Gus Norwood Volunteer Scholarship from the Washington Museum Association, won a fellowship from the Council of American Jewish Museum Association, and was awarded a grant by the American Association of State and Local History for Project Management at the Washington State History Museum. Lisa has taught in the Museum Studies Certificate Program at the University of Washington and currently serves on the Museum Studies Advisory Board.

To make a tribute in honor of Lisa Kranseler, complete the form below.

The Meta Buttnick Award was established in 2002 to recognize exemplary volunteer service to the WSJHS. The first recipient of the award subsequently named in her honor was Meta Buttnick, z"l. She served WSJHS in many ways including historian, contributor to Nizkor, and supporter.


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The award has previously been given to the following recipients:

Meta Buttnick (2002)
Erika Michael (2003)
Lilly De Jaen (2004)
Rabbi Jim Mirel (2005)
Herb Lipman (2006)
Doris Stiefel (2007)
Ernie Stiefel (2007)
Jeanette Schrieber (2008)
Mildred Rosenbaum (2008)
Dennis Warshal (2009)
Joyce Dickhaut (2010)
Eugene Normand (2011)
Ruth Sassoon (2012)
Betsy Schneier (2013)
Nancy Blase (2014)
Stuart Eskenazi (2015)
Carol Starin (2015)
Dennis Goldstein (2016)
Albert Israel (2017)
Howard Droker (2018)
Lisa Kranseler (2019)