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

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.

Videos of Past Programs

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.