Reuben’s Brews Event Supports BHS

OldHomeSaloon, Ballard It’s been a hot summer, and what better way to cool down than with a cold brew! On Thursday, August 7, 2014 hundreds showed up at Reuben’s Brews to celebrate the release of their new pale ale beers — and patrons also came to donate towards BHS programs through the brewery’s Thank You Thursday program. The photo at left of Old Home Saloon in 1903 from the BHS Archives shows that beer and Ballard go way back! The more modern Reuben’s Brews, at 1408 NW 53rd Street in Ballard, is little more than a garage space, but it’s got a big heart. We hope you’ll stop by the brewery to sample what’s on tap, and to say thank you to Reuben’s for supporting local organizations.

Enjoy pictures of the event — with historical hats, no less! — on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BallardHistory.

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Views of Ballard Delight Attendees at Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard Event

Did you know that Ballard was once informally known as Farmdale, WA? So said a note on the back of one of the photos that Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard shared with a crowd of about 80 neighbors at the Sunset Hill Community Association this Wednesday.

Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard of the Seattle Times column “Then and Now” and other photography ventures, joined the Ballard Historical Society for a talk on the myriad of roads leading to and from Ballard. Views of Manning’s (later Denny’s), Bartell Drugs, and a very snowy Ballard Avenue, and a photo of Midwives from Iceland were delights to those in attendance. “Then” photos dating back to the 1880s were supplemented with more recent “Now” photos from Paul’s and Jean’s collection. How Ballard has changed!

BHS photo archivesThank you to Sunset Hill Community Association for co-sponsoring our event, and those who coordinated setup, sign up, donations and book sales. And of course thank you to those who donated to help SHCA and BHS bring Jean and Paul to Ballard.

About Paul Dorpat: Beginning in 1982, Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat published the “Now & Then” column in The Seattle Times: Pacific Magazine. The column originally compared two photographs, “repeating” a view of downtown Seattle taken in 1919 at Pike Street and 4th Avenue with a view of the identically located but very different Pike Street and 4th Avenue taken in 1981. Dorpoat continued this series of Seattle photographs — her streets, lakes, docks, buildings, bridges, hills, regrades, visitations, and occasions.

Jean Sherrard: Jean Sherrard has worked as an actor, writer, director, photographer, teacher, carpenter and private detective. Co-founder of the Globe Radio Repertory, he wrote and directed scores of radio plays for National Public Radio. His photos and articles have been featured in numerous publications.

Interested in supporting us? Please consider a BHS membership, so we can continue to celebrate Ballard’s history and culture.

Check out our pics on HistoryPin, featuring BHS archives: http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/53721/#!photos/list/

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Paul Dorpat on Wednesday, May 14 for Measuring Ballard and Beyond

Paul Dorpat Speaks at BHS Event

Great Northern still passes through the old mill town

It’s less than a week away! Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard join us for a talk on how a myriad of roads lead to (and from) Ballard on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. We know you’ll enjoy their pictorial lecture of Chittenden Locks, the Ship Canal, bridges and trollies, the former Ballard-Port Ludlow ferry and beyond.

So please make plans to join this community event, co-sponsored by Sunset Hill Community Association. Help us spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/BallardHistory

What: Lecture and Q&A session with book sale following. Refreshments too!
Who: Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard of Seattle Now and Then
When: Wednesday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: 3006 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
Suggested donation: $5-$20

About Paul Dorpat: Beginning in 1982, Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat published the “Now & Then” column in The Seattle Times: Pacific Magazine. The column originally compared two photographs, “repeating” a view of downtown Seattle taken in 1919 at Pike Street and 4th Avenue with a view of the identically located but very different Pike Street and 4th Avenue taken in 1981. Dorpoat continued this series of Seattle photographs — her streets, lakes, docks, buildings, bridges, hills, regrades, visitations, and occasions.

Jean Sherrard: Jean Sherrard has worked as an actor, writer, director, photographer, teacher, carpenter and private detective. Co-founder of the Globe Radio Repertory, he wrote and directed scores of radio plays for National Public Radio. His photos and articles have been featured in numerous publications.

Visit Sunset Hill Community Association Web site for accessibility information, or call SHCA at 206-784-2927.

Check out our pics on HistoryPin, featuring BHS archives: http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/53721/#!photos/list/

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On May 14, Measuring Ballard and Beyond

Dorpat and Sherrard Ballard historical society 2014Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard of Seattle Now and Then will present “Measuring Ballard and Beyond” on Wednesday, May  14th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Join Ballard Historical Society for a public lecture.

Dorpat and Sherrard will show us how a myriad of roads lead to (and from) Ballard. Their pictorial lecture will cover the history of Chittenden Locks, the Ship Canal, bridges and trollies, the former Ballard-Port Ludlow ferry and beyond. This event is co-sponsored by Sunset Hill Community Association.

What: Lecture and Q&A session with book sale following
Who: Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard of Seattle Now and Then
When: Wednesday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: 3006 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
Suggested donation: $5-$20

About Paul Dorpat: Beginning in 1982, Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat published the “Now & Then” column in The Seattle Times: Pacific Magazine. The column originally compared two photographs, “repeating” a view of downtown Seattle taken in 1919 at Pike Street and 4th Avenue with a view of the identically located but very different Pike Street and 4th Avenue taken in 1981. Dorpoat continued this series of Seattle photographs — her streets, lakes, docks, buildings, bridges, hills, regrades, visitations, occasions.

About Jean Sherrard: Jean Sherrard has worked as an actor, writer, director, photographer, teacher, carpenter and private detective. Co-founder of the Globe Radio Repertory, he wrote and directed scores of radio plays for National Public Radio. His photos and articles have been featured in numerous publications.

Please visit Sunset Hill Community Association Web site for accessibility information, or call SHCA at 206-784-2927.

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Bartell Drugs Opening Celebration

Ballard Historical Society was on hand to celebrate the local drugsore’s second location in Ballard on March 15. People love free hot dogs! Image

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AFAR Magazine to Highlight Ballard

AFARAFAR magazine wants to introduce visitors to locales from the perspectives of locals. This weekend, the magazine will lead a visit to Ballard this Saturday, March 8, as part of its AFAR Experiences series. BHS Trustee Cass O’Callaghan is one of the speakers on the itinerary. Ballard is part of the three-day excursion highlighting various spots in Seattle. Here’s how the organizers describe the events arranged for a small group of visitors (the event is sold out):

“There are many things that make the Emerald City shine: the stellar food scene; its influence on global innovation and technology; a trailblazing music industry; its leadership position in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility; the collaborative and creative arts community…this list goes on.

During AFAR Experiences Seattle, you’ll be introduced to many of the major influencers and community leaders behind these significant stories and be given an opportunity to engage and connect with them in a meaningful way. We’ll visit local establishments and iconic venues: some that have put Seattle on the map, while others are less on the radar but equally inspiring and important in the story of the city.”

Read about AFAR’s venture here. (Click Itinerary and Speakers & Hosts areas.)

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Ballard Bell Rings…For the Seahawks

JayCook Ballard Historical Society c 2014The Ballard Bell rings regularly, which was a primary goal of our installing a programmable bell mechanism. And last night it rang again for a secondary goal — the ability to mark a special occasion. In this case, the Seattle Seahawks victory at the Superbowl! Here is Jay Craig, on hand to add to the atmosphere for those streaming out of pubs onto Ballard Avenue and elsewhere in Ballard. (Poor Jay, squinting from the camera’s flash!) He said, “I might be here all night!” Cars honked, people cheered — and the Ballard Bell rang many cycles. Did you see Jay or hear the bell during your celebrations?

Thanks to community involvement and a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant, Ballard Historical Society installed an automated, programmable mechanism on Ballard’s old city hall bell in May 2011. The bell is located in Marvin’s Garden at the corner of Ballard Avenue NW and 22nd Avenue NW. Jay Craig, pictured, lent engineering and project management skills to the Bring the Ring Back to Ballard effort.

Below is a picture of other revelers about one block away, streaming onto NW Market Street amidst friendly car horns and cheers. Need we say it? Go Seahawks!

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News: Support Us As You Shop and Work!

Combined Fund DriveThe years in which Classic Home Tours are held are always busy years, full of community energy and commitment to Ballard’s culture and history. This year was no exception, and many stepped up to plan, execute and support the Ballard Historical Society’s 2013 tour.

Now, we announce two new ways to support our efforts, and we hope you’ll include us in your charitable giving plans in 2014. Are you, a family or a friend an employee of an agency of the state of Washington? University of Washington and community colleges are examples of state agencies, for instance. Select Ballard Historical Society as a Combined Fund Drive recipient to have as little as $1 per pay period deducted from your pay. Simply click the link to begin. In 2012-2013, over 2,300 state employees felt good about giving through this tax-deductible workplace giving program.

We’re also pleased to announce that anyone can support BHS during the course of regular shopping on Amazon.com. Start at AmazonSmile, and select Ballard Historical Society after you log in to your account. Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. We’re excited about these easy ways for you to support our archives, lecture, and other programs. (And we’re always open to your suggestions for how to celebrate our unique neighborhood.) Please bookmark these links on the devices you use today: Combined Fund Drive and  AmazonSmile

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Ballard Beauties Grace Our 2014 Calendar

Ballard Historical Society 2014 calendar cover (c) BHSYou can own a piece of Ballard, and it’s not a condo or a storefront. Introducing the 2014 Ballard Historical Society calendar “Ballard Beauties.” This piece of history could grace your home for 2014, or make an affordable holiday gift.

In addition to lovely photos of Ballard residents, you can also relive some the charm we might have found as visitors to their homes, since the calendar pairs bits of period wallpaper with photographs from the Society’s archives. Historical personages include Miss Ruth Frank, crowned Miss Seattle in 1925. Miss Frank later married Ballard resident Ted Peterson, who represented Ballard as a state legislator for many years.

The calendar costs $15 and can be purchased locally at Secret Garden Bookshop (2214 NW Market St), Sunset Hill Green Market (6405 32nd Ave NW), or Swansons (9701 15th Ave NW). Sales benefit the Ballard Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Ballard’s unique history. Consider becoming a member.

See also: BHS Launches Ballard Beauties Calendar

 

 

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Appreciation for Rob Mattson

Rob Mattson, longtime Ballard District Coordinator for Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, is retiring early next month. Mattson has been a steady friend of Ballard Historical Society over the years and he will be missed. As Zachariah Bryan wrote in an October 10 Ballard Tribune article,” For every community group, for every Ballardite with a vision of making the neighborhood a better place, Rob has been there offering a guiding hand.” One instance of his guiding hand was the Bring the Ring Back to Ballard project, in which Mattson encouraged BHS to coordinate community resources and to apply for the city’s Small and Simple grant funds. The grant was awarded, and now the bell in Marvin’s Garden that once rang regularly for shingle mill and other workers now features an  automated, programmable mechanism for residents of and visitors to our neighborhood. This is just one of Mattson’s many acts of advocacy for the preservation of Ballard’s unique culture.

For the News-Tribune article, Mattson stated, “I have spent most of my public service career as the City’s representative to Ballard and other northwest Seattle neighborhoods. I can truthfully say this has been a rewarding career and that each of you have contributed to making it so.” For a 2011 News-Tribune article, Rob said of the BHS, “They are trying to do their best to create a public education campaign in reminding us all and educating new neighbors [of] history and roots here that need to be respected and honored.” The Ballard Historical Society trustees thank Rob and wish him the best in retirement.

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