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.

About the Bring the Ring Back to Ballard grant

 

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Views of Ballard

(c) 2013 Ballard Historical Society do not reuse without permissionHere’s just one view on the day of our Classic Homes Tour 2013. Two guests in a landscaped yard are reading the home histories contained in their tour brochures, either before or after viewing the inside of a home. Homeowners and guests benefit from the research that the Ballard Historical Society conducts on each of these classic homes.

Visitors marveled at all seven never-viewed-before homes on tour June 23, 2013 — each unique in architectural details and homeowner history. After the tour, many tour-goers — and the general public — are interested in joining Ballard Historical Society’s cause to preserve and celebrate the history of our unique Seattle neighborhood. If you’d like to learn more, click to our Membership page. Memberships are as low as $20, and your support enables us to produce the Classic Home Tour, to maintain our extensive archives, and provide programs on Ballard’s historical, cultural, transportation and building history. Click around on BallardHistory blog to learn more about our efforts, and consider following us on Facebook.

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Great Day for Ballard

History lovers from near (as in Ballard) and far (as in Phoenix and Texas) enjoyed the 2013 Ballard Historical Society tour on Sunday, June 23. Visitors respectfully removed their shoes, then wandered through the rooms to admire the details in wood, glass and tile. Homeowners were on hand to explain their efforts to maintain or restore their homes and tell the stories of their ownership as well as of previous generations who had lived in their homes. Phrases such as “the gnome house,” “the ferry house,” “the wavy roof house” and “the house with all the interior windows” were used to describe these unique seven homes of enduring style and craftsmanship that have never been featured on the Ballard Classic Homes Tour.

What would we do without the homeowners who readied their houses, got out the old pictures and documented their work? Our first thanks goes to them. Next, our thanks to the volunteer docents, who welcomed or counted visitors and settled in for a shift (in exchange for free tickets to see the other homes). Several local businesses partnered to sell tickets, and we hope you’ll stop into Sunset Hill Green Market, Secret Garden Bookshop, Johnson & Johnson Antiques, and RE Store to thank them. Historical society tours require lots of coordinating, and for this we thank Lesli Billings, Ballard Historical Society trustee. This was Lesli’s second round as Classic Homes Tour Coordinator. Other BHS trustees photographed, publicized, and did the numbers to help make the tour succeed.

Did you attend the tour? Let us know your favorite details by submitting a comment below, or by posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages (search for BallardHistory). If you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in Ballard, subscribe using the box to the right (no worries, we post infrequently and never share addresses). Please consider a membership to support tours and other informational programs on Ballard history, transportation and culture. Memberships are as low as $20 per year, and we need your help to preserve and celebrate Ballard’s unique history and culture.

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Great Day for Ballard

c 2013 ballard historical society do not use without permissionHistory lovers from near (as in Ballard) and far (as in Phoenix and Texas) enjoyed the 2013 Ballard Historical Society tour on Sunday, June 23. Visitors respectfully removed their shoes, then wandered through the rooms to admire the details in wood, glass and tile. Homeowners were on hand to explain their efforts to maintain or restore their homes and tell the stories of their ownership as well as of previous generations who had lived in their homes. Phrases such as “the gnome house,” “the ferry house,” “the wavy roof house” and “the house with all the interior windows” were used to describe these unique seven homes of enduring style and craftsmanship that have never been featured on the Ballard Classic Homes Tour.

What would we do without the homeowners who readied their houses, got out the old pictures and documented their work? Our first thanks goes to them. Next, our thanks to the volunteer docents, who welcomed or counted visitors and settled in for a shift (in exchange for free tickets to see the other homes). Several local businesses partnered to sell tickets, and we hope you’ll stop into Sunset Hill Green Market, Secret Garden Bookshop, Johnson & Johnson Antiques, and RE Store to thank them. Historical society tours require lots of coordinating, and for this we thank Lesli Billings, Ballard Historical Society trustee. This was Lesli’s second round as Classic Homes Tour Coordinator. Other BHS trustees photographed, publicized, and did the numbers to help make the tour succeed.

Did you attend the tour? Let us know your favorite details by submitting a comment below, or by posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages (search for BallardHistory). If you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in Ballard, subscribe using the box to the right (no worries, we post infrequently and never share addresses). Please consider a membership to support tours and other informational programs on Ballard history, transportation and culture. Memberships are as low as $20 per year, and we need your help to preserve and celebrate Ballard’s unique history and culture.

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