Sumas Rodeo in the 1920s and 1930s
Two four-horse chariot teams race around the track at the Sumas Rodeo in the late 1920s.
Come and join us for a fun and interesting talk by local Sumas historian Deb Morgan. She is presenting a great program on the history of the Sumas Rodeo that took place from the mid-1920s into the 1930s. The Sumas event was on the list of the International tours during the heyday of the rodeo.
The big-name rodeo stars challenged each other and the half-wild animals that they at¬tempted to ride, sometimes being tossed and trampled. Some of these men were stunt men or famous movie stars in the many western movies of the 30s and 40s, and some of them were crippled forever. Even the meanest horses and bulls had names and reputations for breaking the riders. This presentation includes many photos of this event first seen at her first presentation last year.
Deb Morgan is a native of Sumas and has traveled extensively, always returning to her home town. Deb works at the Sumas Library, and in her spare time, runs a blog on the history of the Nooksack Valley area, with great stories and pictures. Deb has also begun a series of recorded oral history presentations at the Senior Center in Sumas.
When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St. • Free
And of course, the best punch and cookies around.
Join Speaker Rustan Robertson on the Great Robbery of 1914
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St. • Free
What’s It About
Oct. 17, 1914, robbers struck a bank in Skagit County, but the deadly chase that followed reached into Whatcom County and lower British Columbia. The bandits’ identities were never confirmed, but it’s believed they were part of a gang that committed multiple robberies in Washington and Canada. They spoke a foreign language, possibly Russian.
Several sightings of the bandits were made in Ferndale and Blaine before the fiery ending of the story. About half of the $11,649 stolen was never recovered. The coins would be worth about $400,000 today. The robbery continues to be one of the most popular stories from early 20th century NW. Continue reading
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.
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.