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Terminal Building Stories and Rememberances

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Village Books and Paper Dreams in Historic Fairhaven is inviting submissions of writing, artwork, and photographs from community members in remembrance of the Terminal Building, Bellingham’s oldest commercial structure, which was lost to fire on December 16, 2023.


Until the Terminal Building burned down last year, it was the oldest surviving continuously-occupied commercial building in Fairhaven. Following this tragedy, we've heard from so many community members and from the owners of the building their desire to share their feelings, impressions, stories, memories, anecdotes, and histories of the building.


With the blessings of Terminal Building owners Kirke and Jim Hestad, Village Books invites anyone who would like to share their words (of any length), images, or artwork to add them to the collection. We'll gather them all together and arrange to share them with one another--perhaps some in a public reading so we can share them together, perhaps in a publication to commemorate the special place it held, and holds, in our community.


The Terminal Building was more than a building. It was an integral part of our community, bringing us together in so many ways with so many memories. Let us now come together again to mourn its loss and celebrate it.


Complete the form below to share your story of the Terminal Building. Alternatively, you can email your submissions to, or mail them to Village Books and Paper Dreams to the owners' attention. Or bring them in-person! We're always glad to see you.


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