Welcome to the WCHS’s 2013-14 Speaker’s Series. We have a great year of speakers lined up for you. Join us for October’s talk:
“Bellingham Under Ice and Under Water! The Fascinating Glacial History of Western Whatcom County”
An illustrated presentation by Doug Clark, WWU
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St.
Whatcom County is a land with a past—a glacial past that is both geologically interesting and historically significant. Dr. Doug Clark, Western Washington University Geology professor, has been studying the effects of glaciation around the world, but has found one of the most fascinating stories right here in western Whatcom County. Come hear about the incredible record of glacier advance and retreat and sea level rise and fall that formed most of the landscape of the Whatcom lowlands.
Clark is a glacial geologist and geomorphologist with nearly 25 years of experience studying glaciers and climate change throughout western North American and elsewhere around the world. He has been a geology professor at WWU since 1998, and loves investigating and teaching about our amazing glacial landscapes here in western Washington.
New research indicates that the landscapes of Whatcom County were dramatically shaped by a surge of glacial ice from Canada at the end of the last glacial epoch.
Join us for this fascinating talk. If you want to learn more, a good follow up to this talk is Whatcom Musem’s new Vanishing Ice exhibit.
Join us for a presentation by author JoAnn Roe
When: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Where: Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room 121 Prospect St.
Free and open to all
What’s it all about? The San Juan Islands
The 172 San Juan Islands of Washington State are the uppermost remains of a mountain range that once separated the fifty miles between Vancouver Island and mainland Washington. Its valleys today are saltwater channels and open waters that seamlessly melt into the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Inside Passage to Alaska. Some forested mountains soar skyward to 2,409 feet with their bases plunging underwater to great depths. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany negotiated a boundary agreement between Britain and the United States in 1872, after a period called the “Pig War,” about which much has been written.
From a fifty-year resident’s viewpoint, The San Juan Islands: Into the 21st Century examines this remote yet oft-visited northwest corner of Washington State. The author tells of farming lavender rather than wheat and alpacas rather than cattle; of inter-island boats and barges that still fight stormy seas and riptide; of the development of reliable medical care only during the 1950s; of the emphasis today on sensible land management, the orca whales that are native to the area, and the former and current island people.
JoAnn Roe explores both the history and the present of this unique and alluring region. Roe traces the challenging task of bringing electrical power to the islands by Opalco, a possible “first.”
We’re having a Garage Sale to benefit the Territorial Courthouse on Saturday April 6th, 2013 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Donate your gently used clothing, art, toys, books, and household items at our pre-sale drop off times this Saturday March 30th from 10am-1pm and April 4th and 5th from 4pm-7pm. Bring an item to donate (or just donate!) and we’ll give you a quick tour of the restoration work. See you there!
Feb. 14, 2013: “Hans Berthusen’s Barn,” restoring an historic treasure, by Larry McPhail.
Annual History Holiday
Open Mike Sharing and Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St. • Free • All Welcome
Join us for a festive and informative evening of open mike sharing and holiday goodies! All are welcome (members and non-members alike) to sign up for a 5-minute slot during which you may share anything that relates to local or regional history – a personal story, research items, an artifact, or anything else that comes to mind. We will also be passing out forms to collect ideas for the upcoming trivia night at the Whatcom Museum and gather ideas for other Historical Society projects.
The line up so far
Already lined up for a spot at the mike is Janet Oakley, who will be sharing about “Two gals and a Guy at Gettysburg: Making history while painting picket fences.” In September, along with Edradine and Harald Hovde participated in the Friends of Gettysburg work-vacation. Oakley went to honor her great-grandfather who was a Union surgeon at the battle. Hovde went to bring the story of George E Pickett on Bellingham Bay to the national park there. Hard work and high times ensued.
Vaughn Sherman is also lined up. Sherman is the author of “Sea Travels: Memoirs of a Twentieth Century Master Mariner – The story of J. Holger Christensen as told to his nephew Vaughn Sherman.” Sea Travels tracks two generations of the Christensen family from Puget Sound’s pioneer days, to the Alaskan Gold Rush and onto the world’s open oceans. Their saga includes hard times and history ― taking President Truman salmon fishing on Puget Sound and La Blanca’s dynamite-fueled explosion on a Tacoma shore, one of the most dramatic Puget Sound maritime episodes to this day ― as well as the high jinx and heroism of rootless and restless men of the sea.
Members who have a project they’d like to share, sign up before the program. There’s still room.
We will also get a sneak preview of the Society’s newest books and members at $25 and above can pick up their copy of Journal Twelve, hot off the press. A very brief election of board members will precede the program. See you there!
YOU CAN HELP
The courthouse has been restored, but our most pressing need is a handicap lift to install and future interpretation. You can help in several ways.
For the lift, a donation as small as $10.00 could help. If we got a 1000 people to donate, we could match the money to get the lift purchased and the final installation. Before the lift, we can’t have public programming. And we want you to see the beautiful insides and plans we have for educational tours and school workshops.
You can also:
BUY A PRINT
First, by purchasing a print of the Ann Parry by well-known maritime artist Steve Mayo. Based on research in local and national archives it details the Ann Parry unloading bricks. Call Rick Tremaine to purchase at (360) 734- 7381
BUY A BRICK
Purchase brick to be placed on a future walk way on the side of the building. Remember a family member or a time in history with a simple inscription. Bricks are $50.00. The back is all ready for installation once we get the lift.
Support the Whatcom County Historical Society & Come join us for our Annual Garage Sale
T.G. Richards & Co built a “brick house” for the Frazer River Gold Rush in 1858. We’re having a gold rush of sorts with great items for sale. All sales go to support the courthouse restoration and maintenance, in particular the purchase of a wheelchair lift in the back. Once that is installed, the building can be opened to the public on a regular basis.
Why should you care? This is the first and oldest brick building in the state of Washington. History was made here.
When: Saturday and Sunday Sept 29th & 30th
Where: 1308 E Street
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM