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Upcoming events with the Ballard Historical Society

Movies Filmed in Seattle and Ballard

Ballard Historical Society, in conjunction with Sunset Hill Community Association, presents the film series Movies Filmed in Seattle and Ballard. Beginning in 2017 and continuing through 2018, we’ll highlight films made from the 1960s through the 1980s. Our first film is Cinderella Liberty (1972). More info about Cinderella Liberty at IMDB.

When: Friday, November 10, 2017   Doors open at 6:00, movie begins approximately 6:45 p.m.
Where: 3003 6003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117. Sunset Hill Community Association
Cost: $5 for film admission + snacks or $15 including movie and meal
Beer courtesy of our friends Reuben’s Brews

See you soon!

Past Events 

How the Lake Washington Ship Canal Changed Seattle

University of Washington Press book WaterwayWhat role has the Lake Washington Ship Canal played over the past century? Find out from author David B. Williams on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Sunset Hill Community Association hosts Ballard Historical Society and the general public to learn what drove civic leaders to plan a waterway in a city already surrounded by water. A great event for those who interested in Seattle history and the economic and environmental effects of man-made changes in our region.

David B. Williams is the author of Waterway, out this year from HistoryLink (other authors include Jennifer Ott and the staff of HistoryLink). Pre-order discount and information by the distributor, University of Washington Press. (The book will not be available for purchase at this presentation.)

David is also author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. Learn about this and other titles at the speaker’s Web site

Sunset Hill Community Association Clubhouse, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
7:00 p.m. Light refreshments served. Open to the public. We welcome donations to cover the costs of our programs.

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Ballard’s Street Name Legacy

State_croppedJoin us Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to learn artist Benson Shaw’s work on preserving the blue-and-white street name tiles you see embedded in Ballard’s streets. Shaw specializes in public art and historic restoration. He’ll lead us along the journey from Ballard’s earth paths to wood planks to cement streets. Learn more about the blue marker tiles that harken back to Ballard’s older street names. Benson’s work is sponsored by 4Culture Preservation Special Projects. Learn more about Benson Shaw.

Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

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Drink Up! for Ballard Historical Society on Aug 11

Reuben’s Brews pitched in to help Ballard Historical Society this year on Thursday, August 11. A brew purchased anytime from 3:00 to close benefited BHS’ efforts to preserve and celebrate Ballard’s history. This year, we’ve completed a grant to survey all of Ballard’s buildings within the mapping area and put on a successful classic house tour. Lots to celebrate, so thank you to Reuben’s Brews and their patrons!

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Ballard Classic Home Tour

On Sunday, June 26, tour-goers enjoyed eight vintage houses built between 1892-1934. These well-maintained homes drew us back to an era of solid craftsmanship, beauty, and style. While we admired their beauty, we also saw how necessary updates could be integrated while still embracing the scale and construction period.

Thank you to our local retailers for selling tickets: Ballard Public Green Market, Secret Garden Bookshop, Scandinavian Specialties.