Author Talk --Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

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Price: Free

Audience: Adults

Category: Annual & Special Events

Phone: 4254501049

Event Schedules

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center-Douglas Fir Room

1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue 98005

Nov 12 2017 - Nov 12 2017

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Sun

Event Description

Why does a city surrounded by water need another waterway? Find out what drove Seattle's civic leaders to pursue the dream of a Lake Washington Ship Canal for more than sixty years, and what role it has played in the region's development over the past century. Historians Jennifer Ott with staff from HistoryLink and David B. Williams, author of “Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography”, explore how industry, transportation, and the very character of the city and surrounding region developed in response to the economic and environmental changes brought by Seattle's canal and locks, in their new book “Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Cana”l.

Jennifer Ott will be joining Eastside Heritage Center for this program and will be discussing, “decades of false starts and political shenanigans – as well as the far-reaching social, economic and environmental impacts – of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.” This program will also discuss Eastside Heritage Center’s social studies curriculum program, “Change Over Time”, that will soon be available online through HistoryLink! The “Change Over Time” curriculum focuses on the how the Lowering of Lake Washington in 1916 effected the Eastside through individuals accounts from Eastside Heritage Center’s collection. The program was developed in partnership with the Bellevue School District for sixth and seventh grade students.

Event Location: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center-Douglas Fir Room

This event is free, and open to the public. Light bites and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. A suggested donation of $5-$10 is warmly appreciated. Donations can be made online: or at the event (cash only).

To ensure we have enough seating, please register for this event by emailing or calling 425-450-1049. For more information on Eastside Heritage Center visit:

Want a copy of the book? It is available on Amazon at: You can support Eastside Heritage Center with your Amazon purchase by shopping through Amazon Smile.

Supported by 4Culture, and presented in partnership with Making the Cut and Bellevue Parks & Community Services.


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