Fremont Historical Society Talk – Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

Jennifer Ott, co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal, will share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, the political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal’s construction and operation. This talk is presented in conjunction with the Fremont Historical Society’s exhibit “From Ross Creek to Ship Canal,” at the Fremont Public Library. (Photo: Fremont Dam Wash-out)

Exhibit Reception: Fremont Public Library

Fremont Historical Society and the Fremont Public Library will host a reception May 13 in conjunction with the display “Creek to Canal, the impact of the Ship Canal on Fremont.” Historical Society members will be available to answer questions and provide information. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit: From Ross Creek to Ship Canal

Fremont Historical Society presents an exhibit “From Ross Creek to Ship Canal Canal: The impact of the Ship Canal on Fremont” at the Fremont Public Library. The exhibit will run throughout the month of May. A reception will be held on May 13, followed by a talk by historian Jennifer Ott. (Click here for details on the reception or the talk.) Please refer to the Seattle Public Library’s website for library opening hours.

Photo: Fremont Bridge. Courtesy, Valarie Bunn.

History Month at the Locks!

May is National History Month and we will be jumping on board with a number of activities celebrating the centennial of the Locks and the Ship Canal. Join us!

The Administration Building will be open every day 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to view displays provided by local history groups. The highlight of the displays is a six-foot long model of the S.S. Roosevelt which was the official boat on Opening Day 100 years ago. The Visitor Center, open daily 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature special displays of antique tools and instruments that were used in the engineering and construction of the Locks.

Take note of the following special activities:
Saturday, May 6, Children’s fishing game 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Chat with a Historian 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, ceremony and reception honoring Clayton Naset, builder of the Roosevelt model 1:00 p.m.; Chat with a Historian, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Kid’s Toy Boat Building, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, Chat with a Historian, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, Chat with a Historian, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Rainier Valley Historical Society Annual Meeting: “Lowering of Lake Washington”

The Rainier Valley Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held Saturday, April 29, at Pioneer Hall in Madison Park. The meeting will feature a talk by Jennifer Ott, historian and co-author of the upcoming publication Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. We will also screen a short film by videographer Vaun Raymond from his documentary film series Legacy of the Locks & Lake Washington Ship Canal. There will be displays about the effects of the lake lowering on Southeast Seattle; a light lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

HistoryLunch 2016: The Ballard Locks, 100 Years

HistoryLunch is HistoryLink’s annual fundraiser. This year, we will explore the history of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks as HistoryLink builds up steam for the upcoming centennial in 2017. HistoryLink has many plans in store for next year, including the release of our new book and educational curricula, various speaking events, and the addition of both audio and video materials to our newly designed website — all of which will be here in time for the centennial.

HistoryLunch 2016 will kick off our centennial commemoration of the Ballard Locks. Award-winning author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, geologist, natural historian, and co-author of our upcoming book on the Ballard Locks, David B. Williams will delight and amaze you with the story of how and why the locks came to be.

To RSVP, call the HistoryLink office at (206) 447-8140 or visit The suggested donation for the lunch is $175 per person.