October 16th NWWB Meeting: Jennifer Ott, An Environmental Historian, Shares The History of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Ship Canal

Seattle has a plethora of resources for boaters that enable the activity we love. One of the most fascinating is the Hiram Chittenden Locks, 100 years old in 2017. Come join us for a relaxed evening journeying back into the history of the Locks and the Ship Canal.

In celebration of the Ballard Locks Centennial,  Jennifer Ott, who is assistant direct of HistoryLink.org and an environmental historian, will speak on the book she co-authored, Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Along with historians Paul Dorpat and David Williams she created a book that tells the captivating story of the building of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard Locks) and Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Opened on July 4th 1917, the Locks and Ship Canal were built by Seattle and the Corps of Engineers as a commercial navigation route to develop the City of Seattle. Today the Ballard Locks are the Nation’s busiest with over 40K vessels per year. Boats “lock thru’ 24 hours a day, except during maintenance. http://www.ballardlocks.org/events.html

Jennifer Ott has explored how people have shaped and been shaped by, landscapes across the Northwest, for the Oregon Historical Quarterly HistoryLink.org and Seattle Magazine.

Note from Marilyn: I’ve been fascinated by HistoryLink.org for a long time. It offers a unique avenue to the history of our region. Check it out. I’m looking forward to learning more about this online historical resource and about the work of an environmental historian.

Date: Monday, October 19th 2017

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left. (Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

Future programs:

November 20th, 2017
Have you seen the colorful Dragon Boats on the water? The gals from Club Sake will talk to us about all aspects of Dragon Boating from personal experiences to the historical.


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