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Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall

121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA

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www.whatcommuseum.org

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Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History

History/Science

Take a “timeline tour” outlining the significant contributions made by women and African Americans, particularly by African American women, to our country's history of aviation and space flight in this exhibit at Old City Hall. Meet pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. And before her, in 1911 Harriet Quimby became the first American woman of any race to secure her pilot’s license. Meet other “hidden figures,” including the African American women who played a pivotal role in the country’s space program in the second half of the twentieth century. Other “hidden figures” include Bellingham’s women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II, including Marie Manning, the first female welder at the Bellingham Marine Railway & Boatbuilding Company in 1943. This exhibition was provided, in part, by the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at the University of North Carolina. Special thanks to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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• Fri 7/19/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1889: Blazes, Rails, and the Year of Statehood

History/Science

A year of big dreams, big burns, and big politics, 1889 captured a place in our history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers arrived, and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble. Finally, on November 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the union. This exhibit from Legacy Washington introduces you to the people and events shaping the territory in the days leading up to statehood.

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• Fri 7/19/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 7/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Smithsonian Film Screening: The Day We Walked On the Moon

General

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, join the Whatcom Museum in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall for a special moon landing film screening of the Smithsonian Channel movie “The Day We Walked On the Moon.” The documentary tells the story of this defining moment in our history. Interviews with key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong shine a light on the mission’s dangers and how close it came to failure.

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• Sat 7/20/19 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History

History/Science

Take a “timeline tour” outlining the significant contributions made by women and African Americans, particularly by African American women, to our country's history of aviation and space flight in this exhibit at Old City Hall. Meet pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. And before her, in 1911 Harriet Quimby became the first American woman of any race to secure her pilot’s license. Meet other “hidden figures,” including the African American women who played a pivotal role in the country’s space program in the second half of the twentieth century. Other “hidden figures” include Bellingham’s women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II, including Marie Manning, the first female welder at the Bellingham Marine Railway & Boatbuilding Company in 1943. This exhibition was provided, in part, by the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at the University of North Carolina. Special thanks to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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• Sat 7/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 7/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1889: Blazes, Rails, and the Year of Statehood

History/Science

A year of big dreams, big burns, and big politics, 1889 captured a place in our history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers arrived, and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble. Finally, on November 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the union. This exhibit from Legacy Washington introduces you to the people and events shaping the territory in the days leading up to statehood.

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• Sun 7/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History

History/Science

Take a “timeline tour” outlining the significant contributions made by women and African Americans, particularly by African American women, to our country's history of aviation and space flight in this exhibit at Old City Hall. Meet pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. And before her, in 1911 Harriet Quimby became the first American woman of any race to secure her pilot’s license. Meet other “hidden figures,” including the African American women who played a pivotal role in the country’s space program in the second half of the twentieth century. Other “hidden figures” include Bellingham’s women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II, including Marie Manning, the first female welder at the Bellingham Marine Railway & Boatbuilding Company in 1943. This exhibition was provided, in part, by the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at the University of North Carolina. Special thanks to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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• Wed 7/24/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 7/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 7/26/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 7/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

“Modern with a Hint of Vintage” Lecture with Marla Varner

Textiles

Award-winning quilter Marla Varner, who has a quilt featured in the Modern Quilts exhibition, will share slides of a selection of her work to illustrate how her journey started, and describe the ways her quilts have evolved from a traditional to a modern aesthetic. While some of the techniques have changed, there are elements of her process that have remained the same. She will also share her experiences as a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and the international modern quilt community. Co-presented by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum.

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• Sat 7/27/19 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History

History/Science

Take a “timeline tour” outlining the significant contributions made by women and African Americans, particularly by African American women, to our country's history of aviation and space flight in this exhibit at Old City Hall. Meet pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. And before her, in 1911 Harriet Quimby became the first American woman of any race to secure her pilot’s license. Meet other “hidden figures,” including the African American women who played a pivotal role in the country’s space program in the second half of the twentieth century. Other “hidden figures” include Bellingham’s women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II, including Marie Manning, the first female welder at the Bellingham Marine Railway & Boatbuilding Company in 1943. This exhibition was provided, in part, by the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at the University of North Carolina. Special thanks to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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• Sun 7/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 7/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 8/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 8/2/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Downtown Bellingham Art Walk

Art Show

Join us at Old City Hall for the opening of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Showcase, featuring local artists. Explore local history through our exhibits, "Firsts in Flight", "1889", the orientation theater, the logging and maritime galleries, and the John M. Edson Hall of Birds.

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• Fri 8/2/19 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History

History/Science

Take a “timeline tour” outlining the significant contributions made by women and African Americans, particularly by African American women, to our country's history of aviation and space flight in this exhibit at Old City Hall. Meet pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. And before her, in 1911 Harriet Quimby became the first American woman of any race to secure her pilot’s license. Meet other “hidden figures,” including the African American women who played a pivotal role in the country’s space program in the second half of the twentieth century. Other “hidden figures” include Bellingham’s women who worked in the factories and shipyards during World War II, including Marie Manning, the first female welder at the Bellingham Marine Railway & Boatbuilding Company in 1943. This exhibition was provided, in part, by the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at the University of North Carolina. Special thanks to Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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• Sat 8/3/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 8/4/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

What Lies Beneath: Minerals of the Pacific Northwest

Nature

The Whatcom Museum has partnered with members of the Friends of Mineralogy – Pacific Northwest Chapter to present an incredible display of minerals collected throughout the Pacific Northwest. From those the size of a fingernail to those requiring a forklift, learn how minerals are formed and where they are found. See the collector’s “tools of the trade” and marvel at the extremes some will go to find the perfect specimen. Photos and video document the field work involved and help us understand where these minerals are formed and how they are collected. Complementing the exhibition will be a variety of programs and hands-on activities.

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• Sat 8/17/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 8/18/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 8/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 8/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 8/23/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 8/24/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 8/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 8/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 8/29/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 8/30/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 8/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 9/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 9/4/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 9/5/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 9/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 9/7/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 9/8/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 9/11/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 9/12/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 9/13/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 9/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 9/15/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 9/18/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 9/19/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 9/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 9/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 9/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 9/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 9/26/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 9/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 9/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 9/29/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2019 Showcase

Art Show

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour. Each year the two-weekend event offers visitors insight into the creative process, work-life, and work-environment of nearly 40 artists. For the third year, the Museum will provide a showcase of select artworks from several participating Studio Tour artists.

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• Sat 8/3/19 - Sun 9/29/19 at

What Lies Beneath: Minerals of the Pacific Northwest

Nature

The Whatcom Museum has partnered with members of the Friends of Mineralogy – Pacific Northwest Chapter to present an incredible display of minerals collected throughout the Pacific Northwest. From those the size of a fingernail to those requiring a forklift, learn how minerals are formed and where they are found. See the collector’s “tools of the trade” and marvel at the extremes some will go to find the perfect specimen. Photos and video document the field work involved and help us understand where these minerals are formed and how they are collected. Complementing the exhibition will be a variety of programs and hands-on activities.

Information:

• Wed 10/2/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 10/3/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 10/4/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 10/5/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 10/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 10/9/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 10/10/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 10/11/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 10/12/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 10/13/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 10/16/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 10/17/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 10/18/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 10/19/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 10/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 10/23/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 10/24/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 10/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 10/26/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 10/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 10/30/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 10/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 11/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 11/2/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 11/3/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 11/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 11/7/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 11/8/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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• Fri 11/15/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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• Sun 11/17/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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• Sat 12/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 12/15/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 12/18/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 12/19/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 12/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 12/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 12/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 12/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 12/26/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 12/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 12/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 12/29/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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• Fri 1/3/20 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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• Fri 1/31/20 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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