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Undated map of western Whatcom County. Courtesy of Sheri Ellis

City launches effort to collect historical photos and documents

FERNDALE, Wash. — City of Ferndale Communications Officer Riley Sweeney posted to the City’s website today that the City has launched an effort to collect historical photos and documents.

According to the announcement, the public is asked make available, “The city is especially interested in pictures that show parts of the city, community events or significant news stories. Anything earlier than 1994 is welcomed.”

The Sweeney says contributions will be digitized and contributors will receive their originals back along with the new digital versions.

Sweeney told My Ferndale News the effort is in partnership with the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham.

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Ferndale Heritage Society official Linda Harkleroad told My Ferndale News she was surprised to hear of the City’s request, since the Society has been archiving historical photos and documents for decades. Most recently, according to Harkleroad, they have been creating a digital archive that will be accessible to the community.

Anyone looking to contribute to the City’s effort is asked to email Sweeney at RileySweeney@cityofferndale.org to arrange a pick up and return of your documents.

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