The trustees of Ballard Historical Society wish you a Happy New Year! We had a lovely annual meeting at Hattie’s Hat in December, where we toasted a successful year in which we saw the old Ballard City Hall bell ring continuously, and successfully “landmarked” the Carnegie Library. Thank you to Tara at Hattie’s Hat for providing a tasty array of treats and drinks.
Big plans continue for 2013 and we’ll hope you’ll join us. We’re always at the Syttende Mai parade, so join us in walking or just wave from the sidelines. We’re the ones with the old cars and the vintage outfits and yes, that’s always on May 17.
We’re excited to announce the 2013 Classic Home Tour in Ballard on Sunday, June 23. Will you become a docent or volunteer? Or buy a ticket to see the lovely homes we choose? Our 2010 tour was a tremendous success with over 600 visits to Ballard’s chosen homes of classic style and enduring construction.
Many attended our spring lecture. We sponsored a free reading from MOHAI historian Dr. Lorraine McConaghy at the Ballard Landmark. Not long after that, we were recognized with an Association of King County Historical Societies (AKCHO) for our Bring the Ring Back to Ballard project, winning the Charles Peyton Award for Heritage Advocacy. Ballard Historical Society trustee Marion Hafterson acts as our liaison and we enjoy her monthly meeting updates. The awards night marked the last time the occasion would be held at the old MOHAI location and there was a sense of history in the making that evening!
Our next event was the Syttede Mai Norweigian Independence Day parade in Ballard on May 17th. President Mary Schile scored a beautiful 1930’s car owned and driven by Jeff Taylor from Hattie’s Hat. We were tickled to hear the announcer mention our recent ACKHO award win.
Spring turned into summer and Treasurer Cass O’Callaghan turned into a TV star! She appeared on Comcast’s Ballard profile with Sabrina Register to discuss Old Town Ballard. Cass spoke again about our rich Ballard history to a group bussed in for the day as part of a City of Seattle and Nordic Heritage Museum presentation.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, BHS Secretary Lesli Billings was busy with a project, almost three years in the making, to nominate the Ballard Carnegie Library for city Landmark status. The BHS and many other community contributors were successful again, as this November the Ballard Carnegie Library was designated a Seattle Landmark by the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board.
Once again we produced calendars with the help of trustee Laura Cooper. 2013 calendars feature Ballard Avenue’s historic markers. In a separate project, photos from our archive are now displayed prominently in the Olympic Athletic Club. Finally, the BallardHistory blog that you are reading now, launched with our Ring the Ballard Bell project, communicates BHS’ accomplishments throughout the year, thanks to trustee Kris Collins. Stay tuned for more in 2013!