Author Talk: Waterway – The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

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 sixty years, and what role it has played in the region’s development over the past century. Historians Jennifer Ott and David B. Williams explore these issues in their new book Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.

Jennifer Ott will be joining Eastside Heritage Center for to discuss “decades of false starts and political shenanigans – as well as the far-reaching social, economic and environmental impacts – of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.” This program will also introduce Eastside Heritage Center’s social studies curriculum program, “Change Over Time”, that will soon be available online through HistoryLink.org! The “Change Over Time” curriculum focuses on the how the Lowering of Lake Washington in 1916 affected the Eastside through individuals accounts from Eastside Heritage Center’s collection. The program was developed in partnership with the Bellevue School District for sixth and seventh grade students.

The program will take place at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in the Douglas Fir Community Room.