Dick Wagner, the Founding Director of The Center for Wooden Boats, explores the ecology of the lake destined to unite the saltwater and freshwater sides of the Ship Canal. Read all about it here.
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, in partnership with The Center for Wooden Boats and MOHAI, has created a heritage trunk for classroom use. “Digging the Lake” introduces students to the varied themes that make up the history and geography of an urban lake, using the Lake Union Underwater Archaeology Project as a focus. Photos, videos, maps, suggested activities, and resource materials allow elementary and middle school students to learn about methods of historical research, including the use of primary and secondary sources and the role of underwater archaeology. The trunk also includes diving equipment that children may try on.
The trunk is available to rent through the Museum of History and Industry’s Education Department. To arrange to rent the trunk, go to MOHAI’s Portable Museum Request Form on their website.
Eastside Heritage Center‘s curriculum focuses on specific people who lived in various places around Lake Washington, whose lives were affected by the lowering of the Lake in 1916. Each unit includes a brief biography, primary source documents, historic photographs, a map showing the shoreline before and after the lake was lowered, and suggested questions and activities, aimed at 7th grade students. Developed in partnership with the Bellevue School District. For more information or to obtain curriculum materials, contact Eastside Heritage Center at email@example.com.
History, Geography, and Civics lesson plans exploring how communities in the SR 520 corridor region have been shaped by their environment and how those communities have utilized and altered that landscape to fit their needs. Lesson plans are aligned with state standards, and include primary and secondary sources, guiding questions for discussions and classroom activities, and ideas for classroom based assessment (CBA) activities. The lessons are targeted at grades 3/4 and 7/8, but can be easily adapted for other grades.
Developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with HistoryLink.
The Seattle Municipal Archives shares photos of sawmills on Salmon Bay in this interactive virtual exhibit: http://clerk.seattle.gov/~F_archives/maps/sawmills/sawmills.html
In addition, King County Archives and Seattle Municipal Archives jointly present an online exhibit: The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Mills of Salmon Bay. This is an expanded version of the exhibit installed in the King County Courthouse pedestrian tunnel.
Students of the University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Advanced Graduate Design Studio put together an exhibit of installations inspired by the Ship Canal. See the results here: https://blogs.uw.edu/lolakewa/making-the-cut-exhibit-opening/
Puget Sound Maritime researcher Joe Baar takes a second look at some photos associated with the Lake Washington Ship Canal. http://psmhsinsidepassage.blogspot.com/2016/03/making-cut.html
By any measure, the building of the Hiram Chittenden Locks was a big project. http://psmhsinsidepassage.blogspot.com/2016/04/making-cut-locks-by-numbers.html
In 1975 Ralph Waldo Johnson shared his memories of growing up by the Lake Washington Ship Canal in a two-part article for Puget Sound Maritime’s The Sea Chest publication. Nancy Dulaney introduces us to Ralph and his story. http://psmhsinsidepassage.blogspot.com/2016/04/making-cut-memory-digs-canal.html