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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Lesli Cook

Vice President

Lesli Cook, Vice President

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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Davidya Kasperzyk


Davidya Kasperzyk, Secretary

Davidya Kasperzyk came to the PNW from Michigan in 1977 fresh from graduate studies in anthropology and ecosystems. He wandered and tried to imagine how people and their civilization could inhabit our Cascadia paradise. 

After a career as an Architect and Bioregional Planner his public work with the BHS has focused on capturing what remains of layers of human settlement and ecosystems using the best contemporary mapping technology (GIS). His goal being to create an accessible baseline resource and database for our community and future. 
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Laura Cooper


Laura Cooper, At-Large

Laura lives in one of Ballard’s original farmhouses (ca. 1901). Her varied occupations have included commercial fishing, global environmental policy, art framing and photography.
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Zachary Nesgoda


Zachary Nesgoda, At-Large

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Mary Fickes


Mary Fickes, At-Large

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