Waterlines Class Series

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
7 PM

$100 for Burke Members, $120 for general public

Burke Room

A section of the Waterlines Project map.

A portion of the Waterlines Project Map, a rendering of the Seattle area in the mid-19th century.
Image: Burke Museum 

Founded on Indian land by American settlers in 1851, Seattle is one of the most dramatically engineered cities in the United States. Built on an active geological fault near a large volcano, the land under Seattle has been jolted by earthquakes, washed by tsunamis and fluted by glaciers, its shorelines extended, lagoons filled, hills flattened and rivers rerouted.  

The Burke Museum's acclaimed Waterlines Project explores the history of Seattle through its shorelines; the natural and human forces that have shaped them, and the ways they have been used by the people who have lived here. This class builds on that work with in-depth examinations of geology, urban engineering and the history of native people on the shoreline of our city.

Based on the Waterlines Project, this 4-week lecture series will highlight the geological, cultural and engineering forces that have shaped Seattle.

Class Descriptions

All classes begin at 7 PM at the Burke Museum

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Origins of Seattle’s Landscape
Dr. Stan Chernicoff
Discover the dynamic geological forces that shaped and continue to shape the lands of the Salish Sea. During his 30-year tenure at the University of Washington, geologist Dr. Stan Chernicoff established a unique rapport with his students and a mastery of subject matter. In 2000, he received the University of Washington Distinguished Teacher Award for lively curiosity, commitment to research and passion for teaching.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Before the Cut
Dennis Lewarch, Suquamish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Using archaeological, ethnographic and historical data, Dennis Lewarch disccuses the effects of shoreline transformations on indigenous populations. A professional archaeologist, Lewarch has worked in western Washington for over 30 years and brings useful insights that intertwine environmental change, archaeological data and tribal land use in the region.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal
David B. Williams
Find out what drove Seattle’s civic leaders to pursue the dream of a Lake Washington Ship Canal for more than 60 years and what role that canal has played in the region’s development over the past century. The author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s TopographyThe Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist and Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, David B. Williams also organizes the Burke’s annual Environmental Writer’s Workshop. His upcoming book, Waterway, will be out June 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Reclaiming the Duwamish
Eric Wagner and Tom Reese
Eric Wagner and Tom Reese, author and photographer of Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish, discuss the history of Seattle’s relationship with its one and only river. Wagner’s writing has appeared in Scientific American, Smithsonian, Audubon and other publications. Reese is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist recognized for his feature work and explanatory reporting during his career at The Seattle Times.

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