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 60 years and what role that canal has played in the region’s development over the past century. Historians Jennifer Ott and David 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 about by Seattle’s canal and locks.
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The Seattle Municipal Archives has posted an online exhibit of photos called “Life on the Cut,” which features homes and businesses captured between 1974 and 1980 in the neighborhoods whose development was spurred by transportation and trade activities made possible by the canal project. The exhibit also contains examples of maritime activity, as well as snapshots of Old Ballard, Foss Maritime, Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard, maritime shipyards, and Gas Works Park.
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We’ve put together a slide show highlighting some first person accounts of the Lake Washington Ship Canal — the cost, the consequences, and the memories. Find it here.
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.