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Old City Hall

121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States

December 2018

Deck the Old City Hall

December 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

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Deck the Old City Hall

December 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

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Deck the Old City Hall

December 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

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Deck the Old City Hall

December 22 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

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Deck the Old City Hall

December 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

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Old City Hall History Tour

December 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Sunday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Included with admission/Members free

The Museum is excited to offer a fun, new aspect to our docent-led tours of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30pm. Docents will now 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! Our trained docents will share insight into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours will also include an overview about…

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Deck the Old City Hall

December 26 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

Find out more »

Deck the Old City Hall

December 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

Find out more »

Deck the Old City Hall

December 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

Find out more »

Deck the Old City Hall

December 29 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

Find out more »

Deck the Old City Hall

December 30 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
By donation

Get in the holiday spirit with the Whatcom Museum’s annual festivities! Historic Old City Hall will be decked out for the season. View a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Admission is by donation, and proceeds are used to support the Museum’s rich offerings of exhibitions and programming. Presented with the support of the Museum Advocates.

Find out more »

Old City Hall History Tour

December 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Sunday, repeating until December 30, 2018

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
Included with admission/Members free

The Museum is excited to offer a fun, new aspect to our docent-led tours of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30pm. Docents will now 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! Our trained docents will share insight into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours will also include an overview about…

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January 2019

Advocates: Sin & Gin Snapshots with the Good Time Girls

January 10, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Free

Join the Museum Advocates for coffee at 11:30am in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall followed by a program at noon by the Good Time Girls. Every summer the Good Time Girls offer “Sin & Gin” tours of downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven. Sin & Gin tours take participants on a journey into the lives of some of the lesser-known communities and characters who shaped the town we know today, including sex workers, teetotalers, rough 'n tumble laborers, immigrants, rum-runners,…

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Historical Society: A Home on the South Fork, An Early History of Acme

January 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

Margaret Hellyer will talk about her new, book, A Home on the South Fork, An Early History of Acme—A Northwest Washington Community. Her self-published book traces the earliest beginnings of the Whatcom County community of Acme, starting with the first land claims in the 1880s through the growth years and the Great Depression. This story begins with some of the first families and their rugged journey into this wilderness, including contact with the Nooksack Indians. It follows their subsequent settlement through documented records,…

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Parks & Rec Travelogue: Bumpy Travels through Bangladesh

January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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By donation

Jake Strauss shares his three-week trip through the most densely populated city in the world, Dhaka; by water in the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world in Sundarbans; and a foray into the troubled eastern highlands. Discover this small country bursting with an underlay of Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim history. Light refreshments served. No need to pre-register, just bring your curiosity!

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Audubon: Rare Bird—Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

January 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

Join the North Cascades Audubon Society for a presentation by Maria Mudd Ruth, author of Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet, which celebrates the world of this endearing and endangered seabird of the Pacific Northwest. While researching and writing this book, Maria found herself exploring larger questions: Why does the fate of a single species matter to us? Why and how should we care about the murrelet and the forests where it nests? Do we have a…

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Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

January 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until April 28, 2019

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Included with admission/Members free

Drop-in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds 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. All ages welcome.

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February 2019

Historical Society: Fairhaven Development History as an Indicator of the Local Economy, 1856, 1889, 1970, 1994, & 2016

February 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

In a lovely corner of Bellingham Washington stands the former Town of Fairhaven. Its growth pattern over the last 164 years has been to grow with booms and fade with busts. But, why? Jackie Lynch will outline the history of at least six boom cycles in the Fairhaven area, and tie this history to changes to the State’s and the Nation’s economy. How much of Fairhaven’s appearance is based on the great tsunamis of history and the economy? And, what can we learn about…

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Parks & Rec Travelogue: Nepal and Tibet: A Landscape of Cultural and Biodiversity

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

Howard Valentine and Lisa Woo will share their recent experience trekking to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. They will also offer a brief glimpse of their time visiting Tibet. Light refreshments served. No need to pre-register, just bring your curiosity!

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Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

February 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until April 28, 2019

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
Included with admission/Members free

Drop-in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds 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. All ages welcome.

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Audubon: Wildlife Rehabilitation

February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

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…

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March 2019

Parks & Rec Travelogue: Just Keep Spinning

March 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

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!

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

March 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Free

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,…

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

March 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

Here in Whatcom County we have one of four American exclaves along the northern border—US places which require land travel through Canada from the US mainland.  Our 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…

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Parks & Rec Travelogue: Rapa Nui’s Enigmatic Megaliths /Day Hiking in Parques Nacional Patagonia y Los Glaciares

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

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!

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Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

March 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until April 28, 2019

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
Included with admission/Members free

Drop-in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds 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. All ages welcome.

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Audubon: The Vancouver Avian Research Centre

March 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

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 VARC’s objectives in providing data and research that help safeguard bird habitats and their long-term survival by providing scientifically defensible strategies for…

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EXHIBITION CLOSES: The Elephant in the Room

March 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Admission

Today is the last day to see The Elephant in the Room: The Allure of Ivory and its Tragic Legacy. This exhibition explores the story of ivory from pre-history to modern times, featuring a selection of ivory from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition will cover areas of research in elephant communication, the devastating effects of ivory hunting, and highlight how organizations are trying to save these incredible animals around the world.

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April 2019

Advocates: Children’s Book Author Paul Owen Lewis Talks About Totem Pole Carver Bill Holm and the Making of Storm Boy

April 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Free

Enjoy a unique lecture by Bellingham author Paul Owen Lewis about Northwest Coast Native art and children’s literature. Lewis will tell the story of how he wrote and illustrated his classic picture book, Storm Boy, about a Haida boy’s undersea adventure with the killer whale people, which was the recipient of the prestigious 1996 American Book Award. Lewis will share “the story behind the story” about his special relationship with mentor Bill Holm, University of Washington Professor Emeritus of Art…

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Historical Society: Local Rock & Roll Bands of the 50s and 60s

April 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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$5

Wes Gannaway and Kent Holsather will talk about and show photos of local bands and venues for Rock and Roll music from the early 1950s through 1980 in Whatcom County.  Wes Gannaway has been researching history with Kent Holsather for several decades. They are co-authors of four books; Whatcom Then and Now, Bellingham Then and Now, Bays to Bells, and Drive-ins, Drive-ups, and Drive-thrus.  Kent and Wes worked together at the Atlantic Richfield Refinery from 1971 to 2010, where they…

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Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

April 28, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until April 28, 2019

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
+ Google Map
Included with admission/Members free

Drop-in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds 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. All ages welcome.

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May 2019

Advocates: Origins, Sustainability, and Current Application of Reef Net Fishing

May 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, 98225 United States
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Free

Come hear how the Salish People were using an advanced technique to catch sockeye salmon hundreds of years ago from local fishers Riley Starks and Mark Shintaffer. This technique is considered to be one of the most environmentally sensitive of all the methods of catching fish. The indigenous peoples we know as the Lummi, the Samish, the Semiahmoo, the Sooke, the Songish, and the Saanich, were distinguished by their invention and use of what is known today as the reef…

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