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Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall

121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-778-8930

Website:
www.whatcommuseum.org

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Featured Event

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the new exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. Come and go as needed. All ages welcome.

Information:

• Sun 2/24/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
• Sun 3/24/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
• Sun 4/28/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Fri 2/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 2/23/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 2/24/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 2/24/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Audubon: Wildlife Rehabilitation

Talks/Lectures

The purpose of wildlife rehabilitation is to treat sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. The Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the primary facility of Whatcom County, but often receive animals from all over the state. Housing, diet, husbandry, enrichment and medical care tailored to each species maximizes their chances of release. Makenna Johansen and Alysha Evans will walk us through the rehabilitation process from intake to release and will dive into the details of some of the cases they receive. Co-presented by the North Cascades Audubon Society.

Information:

• Tue 2/26/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 2/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 2/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 3/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 3/2/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 3/3/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/3/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 3/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Art of War with Troy Luginbill

Talks/Lectures

In honor of the Museumís exhibition, Washington Remembers WWII. Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom., Troy Luginbill, Director and Curator of the Lynden Pioneer Museum, will discuss the ďArt of WarĒ in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Troy has been studying the events of the modern era for more than 20 years. Initially starting as a World War II reenactor, he quickly found that the home front was just as interesting as the war front. The experience of WWII by the average citizens in all countries involved was shaped greatly by the propaganda put out by the government. Troy discovered that art was an integral part of the soldiersí experiences as well. Whether a simple field sketch or an official Army Art Department rendering, art found its way into the daily lives of every soldier. ďThe Art of WarĒ will take a look at home-front propaganda art, as well as official and unofficial military artwork from WWII.

Information:

• Wed 3/6/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Birchwood Garden Club's March Meeting: "Education of a Garden Traveler" with Marty Wingate

Gardening

Information:

• Wed 3/6/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Travelogue: Rapa Nuiís Enigmatic Megaliths and Day Hiking in Parques Nacional Patagonia

Talks/Lectures

For the last 20 years, Dave Courtis has taken one adventure trip every year. His travels on five of the seven continents have taken him to the north side of K2, Namibia, the Galapagos Islands, Norway, rafting through the Grand Canyon as well as numerous other fascinating destinations. Learn more about his latest adventures. Light refreshments served. No need to pre-register, just bring your curiosity!

Information:

• Thu 3/7/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Thu 3/7/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 3/8/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 3/9/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 3/10/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/10/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 3/13/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 3/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Historical Society: Point Roberts Backstory: Tales, Trails, and Trivia of an American Exclave

Talks/Lectures

Here in Whatcom County we have one of four American exclaves along the northern borderóUS places which require land travel through Canada from the US mainland. The Whatcom County Historical Societyís March program will feature a presentation on the history of Point Roberts by Mark Swenson, who lives in the exclave. Swenson will take us on a virtual tour of Point Roberts and along the way he will share historical anecdotes about the exclave from all eras of history, including the creation of the border, its role in the Fraser River gold rush, the settlement of Icelanders and later Canadians, the salmon industry, alcohol and smuggling, Coast Salish villages and middens, and the history of its economic model. Swenson, the author of the book Point Roberts Backstory: Tales, Trails & Trivia of an American Exclave, will bring the exclave to life and share the fascinating history of the sometimes-precarious existence of Point Roberts. Co-presented by the Whatcom County Historical Society.

Information:

• Thu 3/14/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Museum Advocates: 20 Years of Movie Magic at the Pickford Film Center

Talks/Lectures

Join the Advocates for a program about the Pickford Film Center at noon. Lindsey Gerhard, who joined the Pickford in 2013 as the Marketing Manager, shortly after moving to the NW will share how film has a proven power to bring people together, and the ability to take you far, far away. Movies can serve as a way to immerse yourself in a different environment, and a window to help understand what the world is like for other people, in other locations, in walks of life unlike yours. Twenty years ago, the idea of a film center in Bellingham was a pipe dream to a few devoted folks with endless creativity and passion. Now, Pickford Film Center stands strong in the heart of the Arts District, the doors open wide to all members of the community, inviting everyone in to our neighborhood living room to watch quality films nearly every single day for the past two decades.

Information:

• Thu 3/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/17/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Travelogue: Just Keep Spinning

Talks/Lectures

Katy Heriford will share stories and images from her 3,800-mile journey by bike from coast to coast. Heriford had never pedaled more than forty miles prior to her trip, but then found herself getting on a bike nearly every day for ten weeks. What she discovered about herself and this country changed her life forever. Light refreshments served. No need to pre-register, just bring your curiosity! Co-presented by Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

Information:

• Thu 3/21/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/24/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Audubon Society: The Vancouver Avian Research Centre

Talks/Lectures

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) is a non-profit dedicated to wild bird research, conservation and education. VARC conducts bird monitoring, banding and research to identify causes of avian population change and provides workshops, presentations/lectures, volunteer opportunities, and visitor programs at its Colony Farm field station. Derek Matthew, Chair of VARC will delight us with a discussion of VARCís objectives in providing data and research that help safeguard bird habitats and their long-term survival by providing scientifically defensible strategies for avian and ecosystem conservation. Co-presented by the North Cascades Audubon Society.

Information:

• Tue 3/26/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Elephant in the Room: The Allure of Ivory and its Tragic Legacy

Art Show

In conjunction with our Lightcatcher exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, the Museum will explore the story of ivory from pre-history to modern times, featuring a selection of ivory from the collection, research in elephant communications, the devastating effects of ivory hunting, and how organizations are trying to save this these incredible animals.

Information:

• Sat 9/8/18 - Sun 3/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/31/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/7/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/14/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/21/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/28/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM