Dean Kahn

Dean Kahn

How the threat of Bellis Fair mall led to the greening of downtown Bellingham

Bellingham, Wash., had few street trees downtown before the early 1980s, when talk arose of a potential regional mall outside the business district. In response to the threat of a mall, business property owners paid for sidewalk improvements and hundreds of street trees to boost downtown’s appeal. More than three decades later, those trees provide a lush canopy for 15 percent of downtown.

Dean Kahn

Is this mystery man the rebel soldier whose family saved the historic Pickett house?

The Pickett house in Bellingham, Wash., was occupied in the late 1850s and early 1860s by George Pickett, famous for the Pig War standoff in the San Juan Islands and for a doomed Confederate charge at Gettsyburg in the Civil War. In 1889, former rebel soldier Robert Franklin Strother bought the residence and lived there with his two dressmaker daughters and their longtime domestic worker, a freeborn black woman. Strother’s daughter Hattie donated the house and its furnishings as a history museum before she died in 1936.

Dean Kahn

Bellingham man brings color, whimsy to historic Lutheran church in York neighborhood

Richard Sands lives in and is restoring the old Trinity German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bellingham, Washington. The church was later home to Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and when bestselling author Robert Fulghum was a young minister there. The former church is one of several in York neighborhood that offered foreign-language services to German and Scandinavian immigrants who moved to Bellingham to work in its lumber mills in the early 1900s.

Dean Kahn

Will these concrete bollards be the next palette for Bellingham artists?

A Bellingham artist ran into trouble for painting downtown bollards to resemble toadstools without first seeking permission from the city. Meanwhile, a yarn shop employee has knit a popular Pikachu figure that fits over a bollard, and a nonprofit downtown promotion group is thinking about painting bollards as part of a color-filled event to brighten a sleepy block in the city’s commercial center.

Dean Kahn

History exhibits returning to Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall

Activities and exhibits will be free during an open house Thursday, Aug. 11, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Whatcom Museum. The public can tour the museum’s three buildings in downtown Bellingham – the Lightcatcher art gallery, Old City Hall and Syre Education Center. The open house will present two new history exhibits.

Dean Kahn

What you can see and do for free Aug. 11 at Whatcom Museum

Activities and exhibits will be free during an open house Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Whatcom Museum. The public can tour the museum’s three buildings in downtown Bellingham — the Lightcatcher art gallery, Old City Hall, and Syre Education Center. The open house will present two new history exhibits in Old City Hall.

Dean Kahn

How do you honor fallen firefighters who died decades ago?

Ferndale Fire Chief Clyde Eaton died from fire injuries in 1950. Whatcom County Fire District 7 wanted him honored at Washington’s annual service for fallen firefighters, but there’s no memorial for those who died in the line of duty decades ago. The new Washington State Fallen Firefighters Foundation is raising money to build a permanent memorial in the state capital in Olympia.

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