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Upcoming events with the Ballard Historical Society


2018 Pearl Anniversary Events

Which of these 30th anniversary events will you join? Tickets and other event details will be posted here and on our BHS Facebook page.

4/20: Seattle-themed movie night event at Sunset Hill Community Center. Come see the 1985 file Twice in a Lifetime and enjoy Mike’s Chili Parlour Chili. Tickets at the door; various prices depending on whether you dine in or not. In this series, we’re highlighting films made 1960 through the 1980s.
5/17: Come see the Ballard Historical Society in this years’ Syttende Mai Parade We’ll be decked out in our Jewel-toned “Eighties Ladies” to celebrate our 1988 inception year!
8/16: This is the day we turn 30! Come have dinner at Hattie’s Hat. The local restaurant is generously donating a portion of proceeds to BHS. Enjoy a photo exhibition from the BHS photo archives, try a Historical SocieTINI and enjoy a live-music Hootnenay in the back room.
10/6: A Tweed Ride at 11am from Bell Tower to Golden Gardens for tea and back to Hattie’s for costume awards. Click to see Tweed rides in other locales
11/16: Seattle-themed movie night event. Sunset Hill Community Center. Film: The Slender Thread 1966

Past Events 

Successful Pearl Anniversary “Thank You Thursday” at Reuben’s Brews/March 29, 2018

Thx, Sue, MargueriteCassKrisMaryArthurKevin, Joseph, Jocelyn, Will, Bruce, JasonKim, Floyd, Jim, Anthony, Leyla, Mary Ann, Carol, AprilAnhMichaelNaomiDan, John, Matt & the rest of all ya’ll who joined in the fundraising at Reuben’s Brews’ Thank You Thursday tonight!

Special thanks to April for hosting Ballard-themed trivia & King’s HardwareTractor TavernReuben’s BrewsThe Sunset & Hattie’s Hat for providing prizes — at Reuben’s Brews.

March 29th, 2018 Thank You Thursday at Reuben’s Brews

Come join us at Reuben’s Brews and raise a glass for the Ballard Historical Society! There will be $1 donated to the Ballard Historical Society for every pint purchased, and a Ballard-themed trivia contest too.

Where? 1510 14th Avenue Northwest

What time? 4 to 10pm

Who? YOU!

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. In November 2017, we began to highlight films made from the 1960s through the 1980s. Our first film was Cinderella Liberty (1972). More info about Cinderella Liberty at IMDB.

Thanks for the beer go to our friends at Reuben’s Brews

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? What drove civic leaders to plan a waterway in a city already surrounded by water?  We learned from author David B. Williams in April 2017 at Sunset Hill Community Association. It was 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.

Ballard’s Street Name Legacy

State_croppedIn November 2016, artist Benson Shaw showed us how to preserve the blue-and-white street name tiles you see embedded in Ballard’s streets. Shaw specializes in public art and historic restoration. Shaw led us along the journey from Ballard’s earth paths to wood planks to cement streets. The blue marker tiles harken back to Ballard’s older street names. Benson’s work is sponsored by 4Culture Preservation Special Projects. Learn more about Benson Shaw.

Drink Up! for Ballard Historical Society

Reuben’s Brews pitched in to help Ballard Historical Society in August 2016. 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.