Snapshot Wallingford: Historic Wallingford’s new digital photo-collecting initiative

What is it?  We’re building a digital archive of old photos of Wallingford’s people and places, and we hope you’ll contribute your pictures. Through this initiative, we hope to enrich our programming opportunities and plan for a future illustrated publication on Wallingford history. 

How will it work? A photo-scanning station will be set up at each Historic Wallingford event in 2019. Just bring your old photos of Wallingford people and places to an event for scan-on-demand. Be prepared to tell us a little about the photograph, such as what or who is pictured. Before scanning the photograph, we’ll kindly ask you to fill out a brief form that gives Historic Wallingford consent to use the photo in its programming and publications, accompanied by a photo credit identifying you as contributor. In return, we’ll email you a copy of the photograph scan.

Define “old photo.” Most folks think of black-and-white photos as “old,” but we’re stretching the definition to include anything before 2000.

What kinds of photos is Historic Wallingford interested in? We’re most interested in photos of Wallingford people and places. This includes a candid family picture on the front porch of a house; a streetscape photo after a big snow; the interior of a busy Wallingford business; a picture of a church gathering; a school or class photo; etc.

Questions? Drop us a line:

Historic Seattle and Historic Wallingford recently co-hosted an illustrated talk by historian Paul Dorpat and photographer Jean Sherrard on their new book Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred.  The Seattle Channel filmed the event, and you can watch it online here.

Dorpat’s popular column “Seattle Now and Then” has appeared in The Seattle Times more than 1,800 times since 1982. Each column told a unique story about Seattle by juxtaposing a historic “then” photo with a “now” image of the same place. Most of Paul’s recent “now” photos have been taken by Seattle teacher, actor, and photographer Jean Sherrard. Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred is a culmination of Paul and Jean’s partnership and showcases the most compelling columns in a beautiful and remarkable coffee-table book.

Follow this link to order your signed copy!

Walking Tour Offered

We think this sounds like a great way to spend an August Thursday evening:

Becoming a City: Walking North Lake’s Urban Evolution
Sponsored by MOHAI and the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild
Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Join historian Roneva Keel for a tour of Seattle’s North Lake Union, starting in Fremont. This case study, set in the early 1900s, reflects Seattle’s larger transformation into the manufacturing and trade center of the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the people, businesses, and technological innovations that drove Seattle’s urban revolution, through the entwined histories of labor and industry, race and ethnicity, immigration, and Northlake’s ever-changing environment.

Roneva Keel is a PhD student in history at the University of Washington.

Learn more and register for the event HERE.


An Evening with Paul Dorpat

Historic Wallingford hosted an Evening with Paul Dorpat on May 18. Paul is the author of many richly illustrated books including Seattle, Now & Then; Seattle Waterfront: An Illustrated History; and Washington, Then & Now; and has been writing the Now & Then column for the Pacific NW magazine for more than three decades. He is one of three founders of and, in 2001, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild. Read his blog at

To view a video of the event, visit this link An Evening with Paul Dorpat

Wallingford History & Its People

Here is a a wonderful video overview of Wallingford that was made in the 1980s by the then-board of the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) – Mary Turner, Reg Hearn, and Vince Lyons.

In the 2000s, it was edited converted to DVD format by Karen Buschow and Tom Veith.  In 2018, the WCC gave permission to Historic Wallingford to share the video.