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2019-2020 Program Season Schedule

All are at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the months October through April 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. 10, 2019
"More Murder and Mayhem in the Fourth Corner" by Todd Warger, local author and filmmaker. See link below.

Nov. 14, 2019
"Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities," by Candace Wellman, author of Peaceweavers. See link below.

Dec. 12, 2019
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. 9, 2020
"Armchair History Cruise of Bellingham Bay," by Brian Griffin.

Feb. 13, 2020
"Bellingham’s Federal Building: Things You Never Knew," by Kolby LaBree.

March 12, 2020
Previously listed program is not available. New program "The Richards Building: Restoration Phase 2," by Wes Gannaway.

April 9, 2020
"A History of CCC Camp Glacier from 1933 to 1941," by Michael Impero.

Videos of Past Programs - available on YouTube

Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities.
Presenter: Candace Wellman
This is the second of Wellman's books on cross-cultural marriages in the Pacific Northwest.

More Murder and Mayhem in the Fourth Corner
Presenter: Todd Warger
Todd Warger, Whatcom County historian and writer, shares more true crime stories from his series of books delving into the dark side of Whatcom County's history beginning with the late 1800s.

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.