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The business and purpose of WCHS is to bring together people interested in history, especially in the history of Whatcom County, Washington. This purpose is carried out by various means, which include: disseminating historical information and arousing interest in the past by holding meetings with addresses, lectures, papers, and discussion; marking historic buildings, sites, and trails; publishing historical material; establishing temporary and permanent displays which help to illustrate and interpret the exploration, settlement, and development of the region; and using all available forms of media to increase public awareness.

The T.G. Richards building, located on E Street in Bellingham, has had a long and interesting history, serving as a general store, a county courthouse, a jail, a meeting place, and a taxidermy shop. We invite you to learn more about this amazing building and the efforts of WCHS to preserve and restore it.

WCHS is an all-volunteer organization. Not only do we run educational programs for local students and residents to learn more about Whatcom County history, we also provide opportunities for research and publication. We'd love to have you involved with us. Click below to learn more about volunteering, and explore this site to see many other ways to get involved.

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