History Links
Video Links

2014 WCHS  Programs                  
"Coal Mines of Whatcom County"
Presenter:  George Mustoe
November 13, 2014

"The Military Road in Washington"
Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Military Road
Presenter:  Karen Meador
October 9, 2014

"Drive-Ins, -Ups & Thrus of the Northwest"

Presenters:  Wes Gannaway & Kent Hoelsather
April 10, 2014

"Images of America:  Mount Baker"
Todd Warger and John D'onofrio
March 13, 2014

City of Bellingham

Old City Hall Tour
with Whatcom Museum Photo Archivist Jeff Jewell
April 16, 2014

C-SPAN Cities Tour

J.J. Donovan and the Growth of Bellingham

Presenter:  Brian Griffin
January 3, 2014

Bellingham Public Library -- Local History Collection:   The Library has a special collection of materials relating to the history of Whatcom County. Topics include: logging, Lummi Indians, railroads, and the Pacific American Fisheries. The Library also has a special collection of materials relating to genealogy. Print resource topics include: how to get started doing genealogy research, family histories, census and court records, tax lists, land claims, and cemetery records.

Bellingham Railway Museum:   The Bellingham Railway Museum provides the community with an accessible and enjoyable link to railroad heritage, history and operations.  It is located at 1320 Commercial Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 5 pm or by special appointment.,

Center for Pacific Northwest StudiesThe CPNWS collections include private papers, organizational and institutional records documenting economic, social, cultural and political trends significant to the Pacific Northwest.  The Center is located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building at 808 25th Street on the Western Washington University campus.  Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to Noon and 1pm to 4:30 pm.

HistoryLink.org:  The free online encyclopedia of Washington State History.  A quick search for Bellingham or Whatcom provides many interesting historical articles. 

Puget Sound Maritime Historical SocietyThe Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, along with other members of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council and the maritime news website Three Sheets Northwest, have jointly launched the Northwest Maritime Heritage site at this location. The online resource allows users to quickly find all of the region's historic ships, lighthouses, maritime museums, archives and events to help them explore the region’s nautical past.

Skagit River Journal:    The Journal of history and folklore covers British Columbia to the Puget Sound covers Whatcom and other counties.   Skagit River Journal was founded by Noel Bourasaw.
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention:   The Spark Museum offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage are featured in a world-class collection of unique objects. The Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history.  It is located at 1312 Bay Street and is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Washington State Archives, Northwest Regional Branch:  The Northwest Regional Branch provides archival and records management services to local government agencies in Whatcom County and throughout Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. The Archives are located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building with the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at 808 25th Street on the Western Washington University campus. 
Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to Noon and 1pm to 4:30pm. 

Whatcom Genealogical SocietyMeetings are held in Bellingham at the Elks Lodge, lower level,  710 Samish Way on the second Monday at 2:00 p.m.  Visitors are always welcome.

Whatcom Museum Photo Archives and Collections:  Thousands of researchers access the Whatcom Museum's Photo Archives each year, with searches that range from tracing family history to compiling material for books or films to a host of academic pursuits.  The Museum Photo Collection includes objects that reflect the richness and diversity of Pacific Northwest history from post-settlement to the present day.    Located at the Syre Education Center at 201 Prospect Street the Photo Archives are open to the public Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm.