Note: This program has been changed from the original topic, “The History of Bellingham Bay and British Columbia Railroad.”
Join the Whatcom County Historical Society as they return to in-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Wes Gannaway will discuss the early history of the settlement at Bellingham Bay.
It is unknown who settled at Bellingham Bay first, but evidence shows that Indigenous villages existed along the shorelines at Cherry Point shortly after the glaciers receded, about 5,000 years ago. As for the first European settlers, Alonzo Poe was at the Fairhaven site in August of 1852 and the Dickenson family was near the mouth of Whatcom Creek in December 1852. Wes will share photos and a number of drawings created by the U.S. Survey from 1852 to 1858.
$5 suggested donation/members free
In-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall will have distanced seating with a maximum capacity of 50 people on a first come, first serve basis. When capacity is reached, the Museum will provide a website link to our livestreamed program for viewing offsite. Masks will be required for all participants regardless of vaccination status. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of illness, please tune in virtually to our programs.
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Photo credit: The earliest known photograph of a Bellingham Bay town is of Whatcom in 1873. Only 2.25” x 3.75” in dimension, the view looks over the tidal flats to the tiny hamlet assembled on the shore. Photographer unknown, Whatcom Museum Photo Archives
The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.