Birch Bay Historical Society

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*Arne Cleveland has put a large amount of time and expense into making us an organization that has a legal foundation. This is a tremendous step forward for the Birch Bay Historical Society. Among other things this means we can have a bank account, collect dues, do fundraising and many other things.

*Our meetings will just be small groups for the time being. Let’s try this: I will send out an email to the group. All our email will be shared with one another. If you want to be in the loop of this historical society, email to me at

History is a story we tell about ourselves and our past and where we hope to go in the future. I am always amazed how the history of one area relates to another and how one time relates to another. I am also amazed how we fight and fuss over what happened in the past and what is important and what is not important. We can’t even agree on today’s events.

Here is a link a Wall Street Journals opinion piece on George Washington’s Birthday and the Battle for History. You may need to view it at a public library to read it. WSJ George Washington

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Feb. 3rd. Meeting

Covered Feb.3 Rundown of the last meeting.
Covered Feb 3. Birch Bay Historical Society as an incorporated group.
Covered Feb 3. Birch Bay Historical Society as a 501c3.
Covered Feb 3. Pat will show and pass out paper replicas of Blaine’s Wooden Nickel.
Covered Feb 3. Discussion on Blaine forming a group and how we can help.

March 3rd. Meeting

1. Cover events of the last meeting.
2. Kathy will show her presentation on Gorden Sullivan’s reed organ.
3. Sharing of Blaine Banner’s newspaper stash that has been placed in the care of the Birch Bay Historical Society.
4. Report on the History at School Project.
5. Discussion on planned history presentation for Wings Over Water event.
8. A clumsy demonstration on the use of a smartphone for recording people’s historical stories.

Our next meeting pf the Birch Bay Historical Society will be 5:30 to 7:300 at the Blaine Public Library. We are helping people from Blaine start their own group.

Katy showing her display at the Blaine event.

If you get a chance to read the article posted the bottom of he blog. You will find it gives some interesting insights to Columbus Day.

Bring any ideas you have. I have an idea for fund raising.
Our goal is to put the Birch Bay Historical Society together. Bring your stories. Bring your photos. Bring your desires. We will see what the possibilities are.

Captain VancouverSemaihoo NativesNooksack Natives
Lummi Blaines Wooden Nickel Blaines Wooden Nickel children
Washington State History
History links we are working on
Reed Organ
History and Mystery of Blaine & Birch Bay with Tails and Taller Tails.
Quips from Birch Bay History

Current Members (no particular order)
Pam Cook
Jerry Stege
Arne Cleveland 360-371-2709
Bea Ball 206-660-7161
Gene Quin
Roselyn Gosch 360-720142
Kathy McDevitt 360-746-1446
Wendy White
Dan During 360-927-2142
Patrick Alesse 360-371-2070
Kathy Cleveland
Richard Freeman 360-305-2761
Jim Zell 360-239-1028, 360
Carol Richard 206-795-3289
Carol 425-327-7252 has dog
Jack Lauman 371-7277
Jim Cheatle 206-465-9516
Tom Richard 206-371-0142
Kelly Blaksly 4653 Guidemaridian Bellingham 98236 360-296-1805
Wane Diaz 360-223-2726
Connie Taylor 360-927-6624
Jeff Grimes 360-920-0004
Ken Koch 805-794-8665
Bruce Langley
Kelvan Barton
Blaine Historical Society
Jim Zell,, 1 360 332 3402
Carroll Soloman
Brian Soloman
Ali Siville
Shirley Sell
Sunny Brown
Kathy Rensskers

Online Resources
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Birch Bay Post Office opens on February 24, 1881. – –

7 thoughts on “Birch Bay Historical Society

  1. This is wonderful! I was visiting Chelan a few weeks ago and found a flyer for their Historical Society and thought, OMG, we need one of those. Thank you for taking this on.
    I ordered my copies of “Shintaffer Road” Vol 1 and 2. I bet there will be some good contributions from that.
    Sign me up!


  2. Do you wonder about Columbus Day? I found this really good.


    1. Speaking of the Italians. some of use have herd the Word Slang/ Wop,,,some will say that is not a very nice word. Well here is the Lang Word Wop=== when the Italians came over on the Ship before they were allowed to leave the Ship. The Captain said to All those of you with Papers go to this side of the Ship, and for those that do not have Papers go to the Other side of the Ship. the Word Wop is abriv for With Out Papers=WOP and that is where the Word comes from.Richard.


  3. Become a member of the Birch Bay Historical Society and help us grow. We all need to know more about the area where we live. Bea Ball


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