Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography

Tuesday, February 16, 2016Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Wednesdays at 7 PM

$100 for Burke members, $120 for general public
Six FREE clock-hour credits available for teachers*

Few cities have changed as much as Seattle.  Its citizens have cut down hills, filled in tideflats, replumbed waterways and lakes, and in the process created a surprisingly unnatural landscape that affects us every day. This four part lecture series will highlight the history of these unprecedented engineering projects, how and why they occurred, and the effect they have had on us and the environment.

Author and Burke Museum Educator David B. Williams will use artifacts in the Burke’s collection, stunning archival photography, and clues in the world around us to explore these remarkable changes. 

For registration or questions regarding the class, please contact Carl Sander at or 206.616.6473.

Early Seattle Regrade

Early Seattle's changing landscape. Photo courtesy of David B. Williams.

Author David B. Williams

Author David B. Williams leads this four-part lecture series. Photo courtesy of David B. Williams.

This class is based on David Williams recently published Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. He is also the author of the books The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist and Stories in Stone, and organizes the Burke Museum’s highly successful annual Environmental Writers Workshop. 

*Must sign up for clock-hour credits prior to start of class and attend all classes to receive credits.

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