The online encyclopedia of Washington State history offers a number of essays on topics related to the Ship Canal, including Lake Washington Ship Canal, Montlake Cut, and Union Bay Natural Area, among many others. Browse all essays and slide shows at HistoryLink.org.
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.
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/
A sawmill on Seattle’s Union Bay did not survive the lowering of Lake Washington brought about by the building of the ship canal. http://psmhsinsidepassage.blogspot.com/2016/05/making-cut-yesler-mill-on-union-bay.html