We’re passionate about Ballard’s history and culture. We’re an all-volunteer organization that carefully selects projects to celebrate this historic Seattle neighborhood.

The Ballard Historical Society was formed in 1988 with encouragement from the Ballard Centennial Committee in celebration of the Washington State Centennial in 1989. The Society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers committed to the research, preservation and public awareness of Ballard history.

Our repository includes the following:

  • Digital archive of over 1000 Ballard photographs
  • Extensive collection of Ballard memorabilia

Mary Schile


Mary Schile, President

Mary Schile has enjoyed living in Ballard since 1994. A UW graduate, she found her true calling as a Remax Real Estate agent in 2003. She has restored two brick homes in Ballard, one from 1940 and another from 1927. She also is active with the Jr. League of Seattle, the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library and the Salmon Bay Eagle’s Club.
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Sue Griffith

Vice President

Sue Griffith, Vice President

Sue, a Seattle native, has lived in Ballard since 1987. She is a proxy Scandinavian, having learned Norwegian traditions from a childhood friend. She is a UW grad with a minor in History and an interest in homes and lifestyles of the past. Sue currently works for a local government agency.
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Lesli Cook


Lesli Cook, Secretary

Born about 76 years too late, Lesli Cook has resided in Ballard since 1993. She loves all that is old and is resistant to modern conveniences and technology. She’s passionate about “the way things were.”
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Cass O'Callaghan


Cass O’Callaghan, Treasurer

Cass has been a resident of Ballard since 1998 when she and her family moved into a 1913 Craftsman. Her professional experience includes bookkeeping and accounting for various non-profit community organizations.
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