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2018-2019 Season Schedule

All are at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect St. Bellingham, Wash. Free to Whatcom Museum and Whatcom County Historical Society Members. Everyone welcome. Donations accepted.

Oct. 11, 2018
"Waterfront as Contested Space" reimagining the history of Bellingham Bay and North Puget Sound and how it is taught, presented by Anna Booker, WCC history instructor, and the "Bellingham Working Waterfront Project" and David Jepsen, co-author of Contested Boundaries: A New Pacific Northwest History.

Nov. 8, 2018
"The Salish Sea, a new name for our area. How did it happen?? by Bert Webber. a retired WWU professor with a particular interest in looking at estuaries as ecosystems. Webber was involved in naming the Salish Sea and contributes to environmental programming of WWU's Salish Sea Institute. Link to map of Salish Sea: http://staff.wwu.edu/stefan/salish_sea.shtml

Dec. 13, 2018
Annual "History Holiday" open mike sharing of local history research, stories, artifacts and more. Members and friends are welcome to join in. Holiday treats and a very brief annual business meeting.

Jan. 10, 2019
"A Home on the South Fork, An Early History of Acme-A Northwest Washington Community," by Margaret Hellyer.

Feb. 14, 2019
Rescheduled to May 9, due to weather.

March 14, 2019
"Point Roberts Backstory: Tales, Trails, and Trivia of an American Enclave," by Mark Swenson.

April 11, 2019
"Local rock and roll bands of the 50s and 60s," by Wes Gannaway and Kent Holsather.

May 9, 2019
"Fairhaven Development History as an Indicator of the Local Economy, 1856, 1889, 1970, 1994, & 2016," by Jackie Lynch.

Videos of Past Programs

The Salish Sea
Presenter: Bert Webber
Bert Webber, WWU Professor Emeritus of Huxley College of the Environment, shares the history of the naming of the Salish Sea and its importance.

The Military Road in Washington
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.

Coal Mines of Whatcom County
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.

Images of America: Mount Baker
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.

Drive-Ins, Drive-Ups and Drive-Thrus of the Northwest
Presenters:Wes Gannaway & Kent Hoelsather
Showing the history and evolution of fast food and the car.

Old City Hall Tour
Presenter: Whatcom Museum Photo Archivist Jeff Jewell
Take a tour of Bellingham's most iconic architectural landmark with Whatcom Museum Photo Archivist Jeff Jewell.

J.J. Donovan and the Growth of Bellingham
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.

Japanese Incarceration During World War II
Presenters: Fumio Otsu and Carole Teshima
Members of the current Bellingham Japanese American community talk about the timeline of the incarceration and how it impacted longtime established local residents of Japanese American descent. The presentation was held at Whatcom County Museum in Bellingham.

A Home on the South Fork
Presenter: Margaret Hellyer
"Margaret Hellyer talks about her meticulously researched history of Acme, Washington, and its development from an isolated location in the wilderness of the South Fork valley into a thriving community built on timber.

The Sumas Rodeo
Presenter: Deb Morgan
Local historian Deb Morgan, of Sumas, presented the amazing and little known history of the Sumas Rodeo, once the largest in the country.

Creating An Historically Accurate Painting of HMS Discovery
Presenter: Steve Mayo
Well-known maritime artist Steve Mayo talked about how the historical research behind his representations of Pacific Northwest maritime

Sikh History of Whatcom County
Presenters: Satpal Sidhu and Paul Englesberg
A history of how the Sikh community of Whatcom County returned more than 100 years after being driven out and how they are leading an effort to reconcile past injustices through the Arch of Peace and Reconciliation.