ART CURRICULUM FOR PAST WHATCOM MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:
Educator’s Guide to Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates by Susan Middleton
Educator’s Guide to Reaching Beyond: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 60
Educator’s Guide to Lesley Dill’s Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan
Educator’s Guide to 1934: A New Deal For Artists
Allied Arts Education Project
This program provides art, theater, dance, and hands-on history lessons by trained artist/educators to enhance the Museum experience. To schedule a teaching artist or hands-on history program call Allied Arts 360.676.8548, ext. 3. Grant funding may be available.
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
When coming with two or more classes, you can schedule tours to rotate between SPARK and the Whatcom Museum. For more information about SPARK tours and schedules, contact Anne Bargetz at 360.738.3886.
LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES:
A Short History of Bellingham
This PowerPoint presentation, written by former Whatcom Museum Educator and Historian, Richard Vanderway, includes vintage photographs and describes the development of the community with sections on the early industries of Bellingham. It is available for check-out upon request by contacting the Education & Public Programs Coordinator via email or phone 360.778.8961.
City of Bellingham Self-guided Historic Tours
Experience the evolution of downtown Bellingham through historic photographs available as a “Desktop Tour” for your computer. You will see how downtown has changed since the first settlers arrived in 1852. Photos are from the Whatcom Museum’s Photo Archives. To take the Desktop Tour visit the City’s website. An audio/mobile tour feature and book are also available!
HistoryLink.org is an evolving online encyclopedia of Washington State and local history. It provides a free, authoritative, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public.
Video tour of Old City Hall
Take a tour of Bellingham’s most iconic architectural landmark with Whatcom Museum’s Photo Archivist, Jeff Jewell. Watch Now.
Western Washington University Washington State Archives
- Watch Geology Underfoot in Western Washington
- Watch The Sumas Rodeo
- Watch The Grand Lady of Mount Baker
- Watch Mountain Climbing in Washington State
NORTHWEST NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCES:
Video of Anna Jefferson, Northwest Native American basket weaver. Watch Now.
Whatcom County Library System People of the Salish Sea Curriculum and Kits
North Cascades Audubon Society
PHOTO ARCHIVES & VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS:
Explore the Whatcom Museum’s online galleries, featuring selections from our photo archives, as well as our art and history collections.
Whatcom Museum provides classroom tours for all ages of students. Tours include current art exhibitions with a hands-on art fundamentals workshop, a regional Native American life and culture tour/hands-on workshop, a Bellingham history tour, a Green Building tour of our LEED-certified Lightcatcher building, and a “Birds of Washington” tour. For more information and to schedule a tour, click here.
Arts Impact teacher training and lesson plans
Burke Museum curricula and lesson plans
J. Paul Getty Museum classroom resources