Exhibit: The Hewitt Lea Lumber Mill

Eastside Heritage Center presents an exhibit on the Hewitt-Lea Lumber Mill on Wilburton Hill and the effects of the Ship Canal on the business. See it at the Bellevue Public Library, February 24 through March 17.

Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping the Seattle Landscape

Join author David B. Williams and Eastside Heritage Center to learn more about some of the man-made changes to our environment. Since settlers first arrived on Puget Sound, citizens have altered the landscape with an unrivaled zeal. We have regraded hills, re-engineered tideflats, and replumbed lakes — all of which has had a dramatic impact to Seattle and environs. And we are still at it, though now we also understand that earthquakes and rising sea levels have the potential to change us as much as we have changed the land.

David B. Williams is a freelance writer who focuses on the intersection of people and the natural world. This talk is based on his book, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. Williams also works at the Burke Museum and maintains the website GeologyWriter.com

Photo: Whaling boats berthed at Meydenbauer Bay. Courtesy of Eastside Heritage Center.

Eastside Heritage Center: Change Over Time

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 education@eastsideheritagecenter.org.