Whatcom County has many groups and institutions that are helping people discover its history. Click the links below to visit the Web sites of some of these and to explore videos.
Bellingham Public Library -- Local History Collection: The Library has a special collection of materials relating to the history of Whatcom County. Topics include: logging, Lummi Indians, railroads, and the Pacific American Fisheries. The Library also has a special collection of materials relating to genealogy. Print resource topics include: how to get started doing genealogy research, family histories, census and court records, tax lists, land claims, and cemetery records.
Bellingham Railway Museum: The Bellingham Railway Museum provides the community with an accessible and enjoyable link to railroad heritage, history and operations. It is located at 1320 Commercial Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 5 pm or by special appointment.
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies: The CPNWS collections include private papers, organizational and institutional records documenting economic, social, cultural and political trends significant to the Pacific Northwest. The Center is located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building at 808 25th Street on the Western Washington University campus. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to Noon and 1pm to 4:30 pm.
HistoryLink.org: The free on-line encyclopedia of Washington State History. A quick search for Bellingham or Whatcom provides many interesting historical articles.
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society: The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, along with other members of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council and the maritime news website Three Sheets Northwest, have jointly launched the Northwest Maritime Heritage site at this location. The on-line resource allows users to quickly find all of the region's historic ships, lighthouses, maritime museums, archives and events to help them explore the region’s nautical past.
Skagit River Journal: The Journal of history and folklore covers British Columbia to the Puget Sound and covers Whatcom and other counties. Skagit River Journal was founded by Noel Bourasaw.
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention: The Spark Museum offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage are featured in a world-class collection of unique objects. The Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history. It is located at 1312 Bay Street and is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Washington State Archives, Northwest Regional Branch: The Northwest Regional Branch provides archival and records management services to local government agencies in Whatcom County and throughout Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. The Archives are located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building with the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at 808 25th Street on the Western Washington University campus. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1pm to 4:30pm.
Whatcom Genealogical Society: WGS is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the advancement of genealogical research and to the preservation of local records necessary to the research. Much of the local research is made available to the public through books, CDs, and online on the Whatcom County GenWeb site. There are 8 meetings a year at which research help is available to those attending. Also a member is at Bellingham Public Library every Wednesday from 10:00am - 2:00pm to help members of the public with their research questions.
Whatcom Museum Photo Archives and Collections: Thousands of researchers access the Whatcom Museum's Photo Archives each year, with searches that range from tracing family history to compiling material for books or films to a host of academic pursuits. The Museum Photo Collection includes objects that reflect the richness and diversity of Pacific Northwest history from post-settlement to the present day. Located at the Syre Education Center at 201 Prospect Street, the Photo Archives are open to the public Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm.
Nooksack Valley Nostalgia: A local history blog by Deborah Morgan billed as "A virtual museum covering the history of Sumas, Nooksack and Everson in Whatcom County, Washington." This blog contains many photographs and artifacts dating back to the early days of the area with historical information about each.
Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation: Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. The website provides a wealth of information on historic preservation and a peek at Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources.
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation: The Trust was established in 1976 and works diligently with those citizens that would like to renovate an historic home, have concerns about endangered buildings in their community, or participate with a nonprofit organization that works to save local landmarks.
National Trust for Historic Preservation: This Trust is interested in saving places that matter to all of us across the county, as well as provide necessary support to local preservation groups and entire communities that are fighting to preserve the places that tell the stories of our history. The website provides many stories of the work they have done and are currently doing to preserve history across America.
National Register of Historic Places: This website provides the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.
Preservation Directory: This website is the online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United Sates and Canada.
City of Bellingham Self-Guided Historic Tours: Experience the evolution of downtown Bellingham through historic photographs by taking a "Desktop Tour" from your computer or tablet device.
Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Military Road
Presenter: Karen Meador
Presented at the Whatcom Museum by author and historian, Karen Meador on October 9th, 2014.
Presenter: George Mustoe
Have you ever wondered what was under the ground we walk on? Would you have guessed there's a maze of coal tunnels beneath Bellingham? Geologist George Mustoe presents a telling of the story of coal mining in Whatcom County, the region's first industry, spanning 1853 to 1955.
Presenters: Todd Warger and John D'onofrio
An hour of unique images and marvelous stories by John D'Onofrio and Todd Warger from their new book, Images of America: Mount Baker. This fascinating, illustrated talk was presented at the Whatcom Museum and was recorded by BTV10.
Presenters: Wes Gannaway & Kent Hoelsather
Showing the history and evolution of fast food and the car.
Presenter: Whatcom Museum Photo Archivist Jeff Jewell
Take a tour of Bellingham's most iconic architectural landmark with Whatcom Museum Photo Archivist Jeff Jewell.
Presenter: Brian Griffin
Bellingham Author and Historian Brian Griffin talks about the early history of Bellingham and the people who were integral in its growth including J.J. Donovan, a train and lumber magnate. The presentation was held at Whatcom County Museum in Bellingham.
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