Host: Making the Cut
Location: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center, 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle
Few if any engineering projects in King County have had as big an impact as the lowering of Lake Washington when the US Army Corps of Engineers built the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. That was 100 years ago, and groups across King County, with financial support from 4Culture, have teamed up to mark the centennial with exhibits and events under the umbrella “Making the Cut.”
Pulling all that together was no easy feat and a story in itself. Mikala Woodward and Susan Connole, who were the first to brainstorm a centennial, will talk about lessons learned and share some of the content that came out of the creative process, including Mikala’s video literally tracing (with chalk!) where Lake Washington was lowered from Genesee Park to Seward Park. Colleen Wagner of the Center for Wooden Boats will talk about the newly displayed model of the SS Roosevelt, the steamship that helped inaugurate the locks on July 4, 1917.
In addition, 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter will present the findings of the recent heritage survey that 4Culture undertook to identify needs and challenges of heritage organizations in King County.
Driving directions: From I-5 take the 45th Street exit and head west, 45th eventually becomes Market Street. At 29th NW, Market curves to the left and becomes NW 54th Street, the Locks are immediately ahead on the left. Pay parking ($2/hour) is available just north of the main entrance gate.
By bus: From downtown, take the RapidRide D Line to Ballard, then exit at 15th Avenue NW and NW Market Street and transfer to the 44 Ballard. Exit at 32nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street, walking south on 32nd. Turn left on NW 54th Street, walking one block east and then turning right on 30th Ave NW, and walking one block.