Remembering Whatcom Creek
Sponsored by the
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies


September 18, 1999  Bellingham Public Library

The Program Select Center Maps and Photos
Links to Other Sites
Contact Us
Draft History of Whatcom Creek
by Chris Friday

September 18, 1999

Program Schedule

 

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:00 Exhibit Room Opens Oral History Interviews begin. Donations of photographs and other objects will be welcomed throughout the day.
9:30 Welcoming Remarks Chris Friday, Director, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
9:45 Welcoming Remarks Karen Morse, President, Western Washington University

Andrew Bodman, Provost, Western Washington University

10:00 Visions for the Future Pete Kremen, Executive, Whatcom County

Mark Asmundson, Mayor, City of Bellingham

11:00 "A History of Whatcom Creek" Tim Wahl, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, and Jeff Jewell, Whatcom Museum of History and Art
12:00 "A Personal History of Whatcom Falls Park" Gene Fairbanks, Local Historian and Photographer
12:30 Tribal Perspectives Tom Edwards, Lummi Natural Resources
1:00 Scientific and Environmental Understandings of Whatcom Creek Wayne G. Landis, Director, Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Center for Environmental Science, Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University.

Robin Matthews, Director, Institute for Watershed Studies, Center for Environmental Science, Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University.

Suzanne James, Fire Ecologist, Western Washington University.

2:30 Visions for the Future and the Restoration of the Creek

(Followed by Question and Answer Period)

Clare Fogelsong, Superintendent of Environmental Resources, City of Bellingham

Tony Palagyi, Environmental Project Manager, Equiva Services (Olympic Pipeline)

Mark Henderson, Water Quality Specialist, U.S. Department of Ecology

Thor Cutler, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

4:30 Closing Remarks Chris Friday
4:45 "Requiem," a song for the Creek and the Community Flip Breskin, Bellingham composer and performer
5:00 Exhibit Room Closes  

Remembering Whatcom Creek Sponsors

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies expresses its gratitute to the following institutions for their support:

The Center wishes to thank the following local businesses for their donations of time, support, and materials:

The Center thanks the following volunteers for their valuable time in planning and carrying out the event:

 

 


 

 the Purpose of the Program 

Gathering Sharing of Interpretations A Publication
Oral Histories from the community--How we have used the park, what happened the day of the blast, what does the future hold?

Photos, videos, drawings, letters, and more--From the earliest generations to the present. What has the park meant to us?

All these materials will be maintained in the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies archives and will be available researchers for years posterity.

Speakers throughout the day will give talks on:

The Geology of the Creek.

The History of Human Involvement with the Creek.

The Science of what happened during and since the blast.

What City Officials envision  the creek.

Exhibits of select Center for Pacific Northwest Studies materials will be available for viewing. (See samples below.)

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will work toward the publication of a special volume.

The volume will include historic photos and maps from its own collection and will include certain items collected from the community as well as chapters written by experts on the past, present, and future of the creek. This effort will only be possible with community donations.


 



 



 


 


Contact us:
Chris Friday (Director) or Elizabeth Joffrion (Archivist)
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9123
(360) 650-7747



Some Select
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Images from the Collections

Images may not be reproduced without permission from the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
These and many other maps are available in Scott and Turbeville, Whatcom County in Maps, for $9.95 from the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
 













Maps: Photographs:
Hinks' 1892 Map Howard Buswell Photo 1
Hinks' 1912 Map (part 1) Howard Buswell Photo 2
Hinks' 1912 Map (part 2) Howard Buswell Photo 3
Adams' 1922 Map (part 1) WWU Art Dept. Photo
Adams' 1922 Map (part 2)  

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Detail of Hinks' 1892 Map of the Bay Cities

 

from Whatcom County In Maps

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (Colors added)


Detail #1 of Hinks' 1912 Map, CPNWS

 

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Detail of Hinks' 1912 Map of Bellingham

 

from Whatcom County In Maps

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (Colors added)


Detail #2 of Hinks' 1912 Map, CPNWS

 

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Detail of Hinks' 1912 Map of Bellingham

 

from Whatcom County In Maps

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (Colors added)


Detail #1 of Adams' 1922 Map, CPNWS
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Detail of Adams' 1922 Map of Bellingham

 

from Whatcom County In Maps

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (Colors added)


Detail #2 of Adams' 1922 Map, CPNWS

 

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Detail of Adams' 1922 Map of Bellingham

 

from Whatcom County In Maps

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (Colors added)


Buswell 489 Detail, CPNWS

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Details of Howard E. Buswell Photo 489

 

Whatcom Falls Park, c. 1920

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Buswell 489 Detail #2, CPNWS

 

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Buswell 568, CPNWS
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Detail of Howard E. Buswell Photo 568

 

Upper Whatcom Falls, July 1923

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies


Buswell 572, CPNWS
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Detail of Howard E. Buswell Photo 572

 

Lower Falls, Whatcom Creek

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies



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Detail of, "Falls on the Whatcom,"

 

Western Washington University Art Department Photos, Volume 2

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies


Links to Other Sites of Interest
 

Whatcom Creek News--Whatcom County
Whatcom Creek News--Bellingham Herald
National Public Radio, All Things Considered, February 23, 2000
Whatcom Creek News--City of Bellingham
Safe Bellingham Project--RE Sources
Olympic Pipe Line Company
Chris Friday's Home Page--WWU