The Fremont Historical Society reports that they “and the Fremont Public Library have a display at the library during the month of May.  It includes then/now photographs and information on several historic buildings in Fremont and an enlarged copy of the Fremont section of the 1905 Baist map.”  They say:

New this year is a 7′ panorama made from 8 photographs taken from the top of Queen Anne hill sometime between 1905 and 1910.  The photographer was looking north and the photographs show Ballard on the west, through Fremont and south Wallingford, to Capitol Hill on the east.  The library staff did a great job enlarging and assembling the photographs into a panorama.  The views of Fremont, Ross, Ballard, Salmon Bay, the lumber mills, etc. are amazing!  We have identified a few landmarks to help people get their bearing.

We will be having an informal reception at the library this coming Saturday, May 9, from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. Also during the reception, we will have Jay Sullivan, and his wife Betty, with us.  Jay was a very young private when he served during World War II with the 50th General Hospital, a Seattle-based unit.  Jay had access to an 8 mm camera (or something like it) with color film and took footage of the 50th General Hospital during the war.  Given that May 8, 2015 is the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, we thought it would be great to show the film.  Because there is no audio, we are planning to show the film on the main floor of the library with interested folks sitting around a table.  For those who want to drop by sometime during May, the Fremont Public Library hours are:

Fremont Library in Fremont, Seattle
  • Monday and Tuesday:  1 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Friday:  closed
  • Saturday:  11 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday:  1 pm to 5 pm
Here’s more from the Fremont Library:
Event type Library Program
Where Fremont Branch
Audience Children, Teens, Adults, ESL, LEAP
Language English
Summary Join the Fremont Historical Society for a reception celebrating the rich history of the Fremont neighborhood.
Description Learn about the history of Fremont, one of Seattle’s most colorful neighborhoods. Historical photos and maps of the “Center of the Universe” will be on display, and light refreshments will be served.

Each May the Fremont Historical Society creates a display at the Fremont Branch featuring past and current photos of historic buildings in Fremont, celebrating preservation and adaptive reuse of the buildings as part of the 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.

Notes Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Contact Info Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian