What are Seattle’s Early Families up to?

BHS_Blog_SeattleFoundersA recently-aired story on KUOW radio attempted to answer the question, “Seattle’s Early Families: Where are they now?” A KUOW listener proposed the story, and reporter Joshua McNichols followed up.

The story profiles Zack Cook (Denny family), Kai Braaten (Maynard family), Kathie Zetterberg (Yesler family), and Ken Workman (Chief Seattle family) — all descendants of our city’s early residents. On the radio station’s Web site, you can see the line of descendants from the original family to the current generation.

Listen to the story, or read the transcript, by clicking the link below. If you value these types of local history projects, tell KUOW.org, and tell your friends by sharing on Facebook or simply e-mail the link below to share the story.

Who are the Descendants of Seattle’s Early Families?

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Fun at “Best Place Ever”

Ballard Historical Society nordic heritage museumDid you know that aquavit, the quintessential Scandinavian liquor, is being produced right here in Ballard? Or that a residential driveway is home to a growing CSA (Community Sustained Agriculture) farm? Those who attended the Nordic Heritage Museum’s “Ballard: Best Place Ever” on Thursday learned all that, enjoyed the art of Ballard artists, enjoyed wine, and more.

Here we are some of the trustees representing the Ballard Historical Society. Many stopped by our table to discuss all that’s happening in our neighborhood. Peggy Sturdivant of Ballard News-Tribune, was the evening’s moderator. Speakers included artist Matt Bazemore, urban farmer Jeanene Miller, Old Ballard Liquor’s Lexi (yes, just Lexi), and architects for the new museum, among others. Afterwards, we were able to view the photography exhibit “The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn” by Tod Gangler. Gangler was on hand to discuss his work and processes. (On exhibit until November 16 at Nordic Heritage Museum.)

Peggy Sturdivant noted that while there are many changes in Ballard, there is still much to celebrate, and local business such as Secret Garden Bookshop to support. Sturdivant also pointed out that BHS membership is as low as $20. We value history, and we suspect you do too, so please become a member — or consider a gift membership today.

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Nordic Heritage Museum Hosts “Best Place Ever”

Nordic Heritage Museum Ballard Historical SocietyBallard Historical Society was invited to present at Ballard: Best Place Ever, an event at Nordic Heritage Museum. So we hope you’ll join us for “talks, music, food and vendors.” Details below. If you attend, we’d love to hear about it on Facebook or send a comment to this blog!

Ballard: Best Place Ever
Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Ballard residents, business owners, artists and musicians will gather for a fun evening of talks, music, food and vendors. Local speakers will give short presentations on topics like art, urban farming, beer brewing, and food. Homegrown musicians will entertain and local vendors will offer Ballard related items for sale.Moderator for the evening will be Peggy Sturdivant freelance writer, well-known for her popular column in Ballard News-Tribune, At Large in Ballard with Peggy Sturdivant.

This event is in conjunction with the exhibit The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn, photographs by Tod Gangler. The exhibit will be open for a special viewing during this event and Tod Gangler will be in attendance.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVP to the Nordic Heritage Museum here.

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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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