Volunteers committed to the research, preservation and public awareness of Ballard history.

We are the Ballard Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating Ballard’s history.

Ballard was a separate city until 1907, when it was annexed to Seattle. Ballard had its own city government, complete with City Hall and Mayor. Our photographic Archives, with over 700 images, documents this interesting history.

Our members are interested in historic research and the architectural preservation of Ballard homes and landmarks. Our very popular Classic Home Tour showcases the varied styles evident in Ballard residential architecture.

Our detailed Historic Ballard Walking Tour flyer takes readers back in time as they learn about the rich history of downtown Ballard.

With other Ballard organizations, we produced two publications: Passport to Ballard, a pictorial history in honor of Ballard’s Centennial and Voices of Ballard, a compilation of oral histories from long-time Ballard residents. In 2022 we produced Preserving Ballard from Arcadia Press. This Images of America publication is now in 2nd printing and is available by donation and also sold in local retail locations, such as Ballard Books, Secret Garden, Nordic Museum & Scandinavian Specialties.

Donate to Preserve and Celebrate Local History

Click below to donate an amount of your choosing. Also choose this option if your gift is In Memory Of a loved one. A PayPal account is not required — you can choose your favorite credit card. Looking for membership options instead? See our Membership page.

About Ballard

In Ballard, you’ll find a microcosm of Pacific Northwest history, tradition and architecture. Bordered by Puget Sound, Shilshole Bay and Salmon Bay, Ballard has a rich history filled with maritime connections. Originally home to mill workers, fishermen and boat builders—many of whom emigrated from Scandinavia—Ballard was a separate city until annexed to Seattle in 1907.

Today Ballard maintains its character as a small town within a big city, blessed with varied architecture and a notable Historic Landmark District. The Ballard Historical Society’s charter is to preserve and celebrate Ballard’s history through an extensive photographic archive and educational programs.

You are invited to join us for our monthly board meetings which are open to the public. Held every 1st Wednesday of every month starting at 7:00 PM at the Neighborhood Center right next to the the Ballard Library. Please email info@ballardhistory.org to confirm.

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