March 23, 2017
Overlooked Stories from around the Lake
Author David B. Williams will moderate a discussion with local historians discussing the social and environmental history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Join local experts Carol Arnold, Sarah Frederick, and Sarah Samson as they discuss how lowering the lake altered the shoreline and the people who inhabited it.
- Carol Arnold, President of Friends of the Yesler Swamp, will discuss the curious history of the town of Yesler and the restoration work at Yesler Swamp.
- Sarah Frederick, Collections Manager at the Eastside Heritage Center, will discuss the Mercer Slough and Hewitt-Lea Lumber, a company ruined by the new lake level.
- Sarah Samson, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at Renton History Museum, will discuss the death of the Black River, Lake Washington’s original outlet.
- David B. Williams, author of Too High and Too Steep, will be the panel moderator.
Held in concert with Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.
The joint meeting will take place at Seattle Pacific University in the seminar room of Ames Library. Free parking is available in Lot #45, adjacent to the library. Come early (7 p.m.) for socializing.