Whatcom County Historical Society (WCHS)

The WCHS has several books available for sale. Please click on any Add to Cart button below to order them.

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Selected Writings of Ella Higginson


Award-winning Professor Laura Laffrado is the editor of a new book published by WCHS: Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature. In this ground-breaking book, Laffrado brings back into print the writing of once celebrated but now long forgotten author Ella Rhoads Higginson, the first prominent literary writer from the Pacific Northwest and the first Poet Laureate of Washington State.


$33 (includes tax and shipping)

Other Publications

Heart on My Sleeve


Poems by Sue C. Boynton, 1980


Edited by Hope B. Friedmann. Illustrated by Janet Hardin. Includes works on Faith, Friends and County, and Home and Family.


$15 (includes tax and shipping)

The Sue Boynton Story


by Dorothy Koert, 1982


The biography of a matriarch known for 75 years of devotion to enhancing the quality of life of the Bellingham community. Written by a well-known author of other Whatcom County history books. Especially recommended to anyone interested in aging.


$15  (includes tax and shipping)

Mount Baker Theatre: 75th Anniversary, April 29, 2002


Compiled and edited by Carole Teshima Morris


Historical photographs, interviews, and memorabilia from the first 75 years of the Mount Baker Theatre. Chapters include: The Building, The Grand Opening, The Early Years.


$15  (includes tax and shipping)

The Less Subdued Excitement


The retirement project of a retired Western Washington University professor, current to 2012's publication date, The Less Subdued Excitement (206 pages, 150 visuals) is the story of how local jazz emerged and developed...from our granges, taverns, road houses and dance halls to our public schools, Western and organizations staging concerts by locals and visitors from throughout the jazz world.


$26 (includes tax and shipping)



The Harris Journal: Memoir of William H. Harris, Whatcom County Probate Judge, 1883-1889


An eyewitness account of a Whatcom County settler who owned the George Pickett House, was elected Whatcom County Probate Judge, and assisted in the development of the first two home sites at Lake Samish (south of Bellingham), all in the span of six years. Reprinted, 1994. Edited by Neill D. Mullen.


$15 (includes tax and shipping)

The Saxon Story: Early Pioneers on the South Fork


by Marie Hamel Royer, 1982


A history of the European immigrants who settled along the South Fork of the Nooksack River in northwest Washington in the 1880s. Written by one of their daughters. Recommended for anyone interested in Northwest history.


$15 (includes tax and shipping)

The Brothels of Bellingham: A Short History of Prostitution in Bellingham, WA


by Curtis F. Smith, D.D.S., 2004


The first history of the world's oldest profession as practiced in Bellingham, Washington. Includes interviews with George Hunsby and Clem Wallace.


$15 (includes tax and shipping)

Lake Samish Reflections


The Lake Samish History Group has put together a beautiful tribute volume to the history and the inhabitants of the Lake Samish area starting from the indigenous people who have inhabited the area for thousands of years through today's families.


$31 (includes tax and shipping)



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