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Waterway: Seattle’s Locks & Ship Canal

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | All Events (see all)

About this Program:

Coal! Chinese immigrants! Dam explosions! What do these things have to do with of our waterways? David Williams is here to teach you.

About the Speaker:

David B. Williams is a naturalist, author, and educator whose award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century. He is also the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City, and co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.

Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum. His next book, Homewaters: Human and Natural History in Puget Sound, will be published by the UW Press in 2021. You can follow him on Twitter @geologywriter.

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This virtual program is made possible by these 2020 Education Program Sponsors & Historic Seattle’s Lawrence Kreisman Historic Preservation Education Fund.

Underwriting Partners: Bassetti Architects | Bennett Properties

Sustaining Partners: Lydig Construction | Marvin Anderson Architects | Pacifica Law Group

Presenting Partners: Bear Wood Windows | Beneficial State Bank | Bricklin & Newman | BuildingWork | Chosen Wood Window Maintenance, Inc. | Clifton Larson Allen LLP | Coughlin Porter Lundeen | J.A.S. Design Build | National Trust Insurance Services | Northwest Vernacular | RAFN Company | Ron Wright Associates / Architects | SHKS | SMR Architects | Swenson Say Fagét | Tonkin Architecture | Tru Mechanical | Weinstein A+U | ZGF Architects

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June 16, 2020 @ 12:00 am
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