Learn More About Ballard’s History on Thursday, May 14

15th Ave NW, 1936

15th Ave NW, 1936, Seattle Municipal Archives

Thursday, May 14 offers a special opportunity to learn more about historical photos and documents that relate to Ballard’s history. Ballard Historical Society has several thousands of archives that you can explore on the BHS Web site. However, the Seattle Public Library’s digital collection includes many images from Ballard’s past that you can also access for free. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the current Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library, SPL’s Special Collections librarian John LaMont will show you how to use the Seattle Public Library’s digital collection and the Seattle Neighborhood History Project to research the history of Ballard.

LaMont’s presentation will illustrate the history of the ever-changing neighborhood of Ballard, its people, and its libraries. He will highlight the Seattle Neighborhood History Project, which includes images and other historical materials related to Seattle neighborhoods.

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PDT, Ballard branch of Seattle Public Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW

If you can’t attend, take a moment to click through the Seattle Neighborhood History Project photos (two Seattle Municipal Archives photos are shown here).

65th Street Ballard 1934 Seattle Municipal Archives

65th Street looking West from 9th Ave NW, 1934

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A Wake for Old Houses in Fremont

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Fremont Wake Attendees

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, a mock “wake” was held for several Fremont buildings at risk for demolition, or already demolished.

Over the last two years the Fremont neighborhood has lost a great number of houses, as has Ballard. The Fremont event sought to bring attention to the neighborhood’s rental houses, many of which were older homes built before the 1930s. More than a dozen of these homes that have been demolished or are planned for demolition. This event was sponsored by the Fremont Neighborhood Council and the Fremont Historical Society.

One proposed development plan would result in the loss of 40% existing housing in a single Fremont block. The media release stated, “Join with neighbors to mourn this loss of historical heritage, housing diversity, green space and affordability. Learn the details of the housing inventory that has been demolished and the stories of the families that lived there. Find out how you can contribute to upcoming efforts that stop this loss of affordability.”

According to Fremont Neighborhood Council President Stephanie Pure, “The Fremont Neighborhood Council has taken the unusual step of filing a SEPA (State Environmental Protection Act) appeal on one of the projects. We encourage residents to come hear about that appeal.”

Several residents spoke about personal eviction notices with only two months to find suitable, affordable housing, in cases where properties were slated for demolition and re-development. Other residents spoke about rents doubling, in cases where properties changed hands from individual owners to management companies. Fremont, like Ballard, has been home to many existing affordable homes over the years, and is tending towards new high-end developments.

Photo credits: Peggy Sturdivant, King County Assessor

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This Wednesday: Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska

Dean Adams Ballard Historical Society Sunset Hill Community Association local history events ballardhistory blogWe are looking forward to seeing neighbors and community members this Wednesday to hear Dean Adams present, “Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska,” beginning at 7:00 p.m. Dean Adams will tell his personal story as a young halibut/black cod fisherman bound for Alaska. His program also includes interesting stories about the people and organizations that have contributed over many decades to Ballard’s fishing fleet. Signed copies of his book will available for purchase at the event ($15 paperback/$25 hard copy). Ballard Historical Society and Sunset Hill Community Association are co-sponsoring the event.

Dean Adams Four Thousand Hooks BHS Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA map
Suggested donation: $5 -$20. Refreshments provided.
Co-hosted by BHS and Sunset Hill Community Association

Also see: BHS Facebook page
http://www.fourthousandhooks.com (complete with video)
http://www.facebook.com/fourthousandhooks
Sunset Hill Community Association
Previous program: Measuring Ballard

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Community Program: Wednesday, January 28

ballard historical society event dean adamsOur next community event is approaching. Please plan to attend “Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska,” on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

What was it like to be a young halibut/black cod fisherman in Alaska? Which people and organizations have contributed over the decades to Ballard’s historic fishing fleet? Learn the answers to these questions and more from our presenter, Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska (University of Washington Press).

Dean will sign copies of his book, available for purchase in limited quantities at this event ($15 paperback/$25 hard copy). Ballard Historical Society and Sunset Hill Community Association bring this event to the community.

Dean Adams Four Thousand Hooks BHS Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA, (206) 784-2927   map
Suggested donation: $5 -$20. Refreshments provided.
Co-hosted by BHS and Sunset Hill Community Association

After you’ve added to your calendar, take a moment to check out these  links: BHS Facebook page
http://www.fourthousandhooks.com (complete with video)
http://www.facebook.com/fourthousandhooks
Sunset Hill Community Association
Previous program: Measuring Ballard

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Join us January 28 for Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska

We’re delighted to announce our next program, “Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska,” on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Our presenter is Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska (UW Press).

Learn Dean Adams’ personal story as a young halibut/black cod fisherman bound for Alaska, and about the people and organizations that have contributed over many decades to Ballard’s fishing fleet. Dean will sign copies of his book, available for purchase at this event ($15 paperback/$25 hard copy). The event is brought to you by Ballard Historical Society and Sunset Hill Community Association.

Dean Adams Four Thousand Hooks BHS Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA   map
Suggested donation: $5 -$20. Refreshments provided.
Co-hosted by BHS and Sunset Hill Community Association

Also see: BHS Facebook page
http://www.fourthousandhooks.com (complete with video)
http://www.facebook.com/fourthousandhooks
Sunset Hill Community Association
Previous program: Measuring Ballard

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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?

Ballard Historical Society preserves history through its Archives programs and community events.

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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.

Other links: BHS Membership

 

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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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