HistoryLunch 2016: The Ballard Locks, 100 Years

Join us at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on September 22 at 11:30 am

This year at HistoryLunch, we will explore the history of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks as HistoryLink builds up steam for the upcoming centennial in 2017. HistoryLink has many plans in store for next year, including the release of our new book and educational curricula, various speaking events, and the addition of both audio and video materials to our newly designed website — all of which will be here in time for the centennial.

HistoryLunch 2016 will kick off the centennial commemoration of the Ballard Locks. Award-winning author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, geologist, natural historian, and co-author of our upcoming book on the Ballard Locks, David B. Williams will delight and amaze you with the story of how and why the locks came to be.

As usual, there will be surprises, and we promise not to be dull! RSVP for yourself, sponsor a table, or sponsor the event.

One of the largest maritime public works projects in King County history reshaped the region by creating a large harbor for Fishermen’s Terminal, opening more than 100 miles of freshwater shoreline, cutting off water to the Black River and ending the Black and Cedar Rivers’ salmon runs, lowering Lake Washington by nearly 9 feet and Lake Sammamish by about 6 feet, raising Salmon Bay by about 15 feet and replacing its salt water with fresh water, radically altering the shorelines of communities from Issaquah to Renton to Kenmore, digging cuts between Salmon Bay and Lake Union, replacing four fixed bridges with bascule bridges at Fremont, Ballard, the University District, and Montlake, and much, much more.



Honorary Chair

Mark Boynton, Great-great grandson of Hiram M. Chittenden

Honorary Committee

Patty Murray, U.S. Senator

Robert H. Shrewsbury II, Western Towboat Company

Edward B. Murray, Mayor of Seattle

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Kevin Clark, Owner & CEO, Argosy Cruises

Dick Wagner, Founding Director, The Center for Wooden Boats

Chris Philips, Chief Operating Officer/Editorial Director, Philips Publishing Group

Jim McDermott, U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th Congressional District

John Creighton, President, Port of Seattle Commission

Eric Nelson, CEO and Executive Director, Nordic Heritage Museum

Andrew Bennett, Board President, Northwest Seaport: Maritime Heritage Center

Charles P. Costanzo, Vice President – Pacific Region, The American Waterways Operators

Fred Felleman, Port of Seattle Commissioner At Large

Susan Connole, Community Organizer, Friends of the Ballard Locks

Tim Burgess, Seattle City Councilmember At Large

Warren Aakervik, “Unofficial Mayor of Ballard” and Vice President of Ballard Oil

Gael Tarleton, State Representative, 36th Legislative District

Suzie Burke, President,  Fremont Dock Company

Leonard Garfield, Executive Director, MOHAI

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County Councilmember, 36th Legislative District