A Community Collaboration to Honor the Sacrifices and Contributions of Whatcom County’s Immigrants

"She Wonders What It's All About"

Nobuye “Pat” Shima (6 years old)
leaving Bellingham. (June 4, 1942, Bellingham Herald)
Studio photograph of Sikh men, Bellingham, c. 1907
Pioneer Sikh immigrants from India
(Early 1900s)
East Indian immigrants inside the Bellingham City Jail on the night of Septmber 4, 1907
– Credit – Colliers magazine, September 28, 1907.
“Charlie” Ah Fat, the only Chinese resident remaining in Whatcom County following the Chinese expulsion in October 1885.

-photo courtesy of Point Roberts Historical Society

Be Part of the Healing

The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation will be erected as a monument to honor the brave immigrants from China, India, and Japan and in recognition of all immigrants who came to America since the 1800’s, seeking better life opportunities for themselves and their families through hard work and determination.

You are cordially invited to the
Installation Ceremony
for the

Arch of Healing and Reconciliation

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:30 AM to Noon
at Bellingham City Hall 210 Lottie Street
Light Refreshments will be served

A day to honor all immigrants in the Pacific Northwest
and to celebrate unity among all Whatcom County residents

Keynote Speaker for the Ceremony

Dr. Sabah Randhawa, President
Western Washington University

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges……”

George Washington

“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.”

Robert F. Kennedy

Whatcom Community Foundation is honored to be the fiscal sponsor for the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation project. All gifts to the project are tax-deductible and will be accepted and processed by the Whatcom Community Foundation.