The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 with encouragement from the Ballard Centennial Committee in celebration of the Washington State Centennial in 1989. The Society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers committed to the research, preservation and public awareness of Ballard history.
Our repository includes the following:
Mary Schile, President
Mary Schile has enjoyed living in Ballard since 1994. A UW graduate, she found her true calling as a Remax Real Estate agent in 2003. She has restored two brick homes in Ballard, one from 1940 and another from 1927. She also is active with the Jr. League of Seattle, the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library and the Salmon Bay Eagle’s Club.
Sue Griffith, Vice President
Sue, a Seattle native, has lived in Ballard since 1987. She is a proxy Scandinavian, having learned Norwegian traditions from a childhood friend. She is a UW grad with a minor in History and an interest in homes and lifestyles of the past. Sue currently works for a local government agency.
Lesli Cook, Secretary
Born about 76 years too late, Lesli Cook has resided in Ballard since 1993. She loves all that is old and is resistant to modern conveniences and technology. She’s passionate about “the way things were.”
Cass O’Callaghan, Treasurer
Cass has been a resident of Ballard since 1998 when she and her family moved into a 1913 Craftsman. Her professional experience includes bookkeeping and accounting for various non-profit community organizations.