The presentation at the Whatcom Museum about Mount Baker’s eruptive history and hazards drew a huge crowd last night (Thursday, October 14). According to museum staff, about 280 people made a standing room-only crowd; another 50 left due to lack of space inside, and many others were turned away at the doors. A museum docent commented that the presentation “drew a bigger crowd than the brothels” (apparently they had a presentation on the seamier side of Bellingham a while back).
The talk, sponsored by the Whatcom Historical Society, was given by WWU volcano researcher Dave Tucker. People in attendance included a few students from WWU, Whatcom CC, and Northwest Indian College, but were primarily older citizens. Quite a number of Mount Baker Volcano Research Center t-shirts were sold, bringing in a nice boost of funds to the MBVRC research fund.
There was a very brief presentation by Todd Warger about the Mount Baker Marathon documentary film prior to the Baker presentation . Learn more about that here, the link includes a short video about the 1911 race to the summit of Baker and back to town.
If you missed the talk, or were turned away at the door, a reprise is scheduled for Thursday, January 20th, at 12:30 PM at the Whatcom Museum. Other talks are being arranged for other towns in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
There is still a limited supply of the 2010 MBVRC shirts left for $20 each. If you’d like one, contact MBVRC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. State size and style (mens’ or womens’, short or long sleeves). Color, size and style choices are now limited. Styles can be seen here, but please do not order colors or sizes until you have checked by email for availabilities.