History Cafe: Port of Seattle

One hundred years ago, Washington State took back its urban harbors from the private railroads, marking the beginning of a unique system of public ports in our state. Today, Washington has over 75 public port districts, including one of the biggest, the Port of Seattle, which ushered Seattle into the Jet Age with the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Come hear author Kit Oldham and historian Jennifer Ott talk about our unique system of ports, their effects on our landscape, our waterfront, and our economy and share your own stories in the process.

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Roy Street Coffee on Capitol Hill for lively a discussion about history. Each cafe features a different topic, and invites history enthusiasts to come together and share what you know. Grab a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and enjoy learning about the past!

This event series is brought to you by MOHAI, KCTS 9, The Seattle Public Library, HistoryLink.org, and Roy Street Coffee.

RSVPs: Seating at History Cafe is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your RSVP gives us an idea of how many people are coming, but does not guarantee you a seat, so we encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes early. If an event is full on Meetup, you may still come.

Parking: Roy Street Coffee & Tea has a parking garage that offers limited free parking to café customers. If that lot is full, metered and unmetered street parking can be found nearby, or we recommend parking in lots at any of the following locations: NE corner of Broadway and Mercer ($8 evenings), Mercer between Harvard and Broadway ($6-9 evenings), Thomas between Harvard and Broadway ($6 evenings).

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  • Tom J.

    Very interesting. Competent presenters. Thank you.

    November 16, 2012

  • Carolyn

    another interesting view of historic Seattle ... would also like to hear more in depth of history on several ports with pictures ...

    November 16, 2012

  • Selena

    This was not at the same level as others I have attended.

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for this basic, understandable outline of how Washington State got port districts and some of the ways the ports impact our economy. I enjoyed the thought questions and the interesting observations and comments from the audience. I love History Cafe!

    November 15, 2012

  • Pat D.

    The presentation was policy heavy and history lite. Please consider another talk with more information on the founding, growth, changes, important personages and events in the life of the port of Seattle. The info on the WA public port system was interesting. Thanks for giving the talk.

    November 15, 2012

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