National Preservation Month
Fremont Public Library
731 N. 35th Street
May 2017

"From Ross Creek to the Ship Canal, How the Canal Impacted Fremont": There will be a month long display of photographs, stories and maps presented by the Fremont Historical Society in partnership with the Seattle Public Library in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the Ballard Locks, and the Fremont Bridge on July 4, 1917.


Please join us for a reception on Saturday, May 13 from 11 am to 1 pm and an opportunity to chat with Historical Society members about the display. Light refreshments will be served. Free.


At 1 pm, following the reception, Jennifer Ott, HistoryLink historian and co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal, will share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, the political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal's construction and operation. Free.


See below for further details on National Preservation Month.

Upcoming Events

National Preservation Month

Each May the Fremont Historical Society creates a display at the Fremont Library featuring historic and current photos of ten historic buildings in Fremont, celebrating preservation and adaptive reuse of the buildings as part of this nationwide event put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Volunteers from the Fremont Historical Society research the history of the buildings and interview the property owners for additional background. A public reception is held at the beginning of the month and the display continues through the end of May.

Fremont Historic Streetcar Tour

This is an annual summer tour conducted by the Fremont Historical Society, offered on a Thursday evening in July or August. The tour meets outside the historic Fremont Car Barn (now Theo Chocolates) at N. 34th/Phinney Ave N., proceeds east on N. 34th to Woodland Park Ave N. and north on Woodland Park Ave N. to N. 39th St. Tour lasts about 1- 1 1/2 hours and features stories and historic information/photos about the historic streetcar system and historic buildings/locations along the route.

Public Art Tour

This tour is held in June or July each year and covers public art installed in Fremont from the 1970s to the present. The tour is led by a founding member of the Fremont Arts Council and Fremont Historical Society.

Walking Tour

The Fremont Historical Society periodically holds informal walking tours to explore the commercial and residential areas of Fremont. Like all other tours and events sponsored by the Fremont Historical Society, these tours are open to the public.


The Fremont Historical Society periodically presents lectures on the history of Fremont. These have included an oral history of an early Fremont business, the Fremont Drug Company, presented by the owner's grandson, an oral history interview of Armen Stepanian, the former "Mayor of Fremont", and a presentation on the history of B.F. Day Elementary School.

All tours and events are free and open to the general public.

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