TREASURES FROM THE TRUNK: THE STORY OF J.J. DONOVAN

J.J. Donovan Calling In 1925, J.J. Donovan posed with chief operator Lillian Bond and Pacific Telephone & Telegraph managaer Ben Reno to commemorate 35 years of telephone service on Bellingham Bay. Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Collection #1971.102.15

J.J. Donovan Calling
In 1925, J.J. Donovan posed with chief operator Lillian Bond and Pacific Telephone & Telegraph managaer Ben Reno to commemorate 35 years of telephone service on Bellingham Bay.
Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Collection
#1971.102.15

Through June 1, 2014

J. J. DONOVAN WAS A GUIDING CITIZEN in Bellingham’s formative years. His life and career as a civil engineer, lumberman, railroad superintendent, progressive business man and community builder, will all be explored in an exhibition of historical photographs, artifacts and ephemera, in Old City Hall. The exhibition will draw from the “Donovan Papers,” a recently discovered treasure trove of letters, diaries and company correspondence that were saved for decades by Donovan’s descendants. These historic documents, many of which will be reproduced for display, were generously made available for research to the exhibit’s guest curator Brian Griffin.

Presented by Sanitary Service Company.