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History Cafe: Archaeology and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Cultural resource specialists involved with the viaduct replacement work site in SODO and Pioneer Square will talk about the role of archaeologists during construction. This is a chance to see some recovered historical items that provide a view into the area’s past. Presentation will be led by Peter Lape, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Washington and Curator of Archaeology and Associate Director for Research, Burke Museum and Kevin Bartoy, Cultural Resources Lead, WSDOT Northwest Region.

About History Cafe
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the MOHAI Cafe at the Museum of History & Industry's new location in Lake Union Park 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!

Please note: History Cafe is a free program, but if you wish to visit the MOHAI galleries, you must pay museum admission (galleries close at 8 pm).

This event series is brought to you by MOHAI, KCTS 9, The Seattle Public Library, and

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: After 6 pm, numerous lots near Lake Union Park offer free parking. Look for parking lots off Fairview Ave, Westlake Ave, or Valley Street, or take the South Lake Union Streetcar from downtown Seattle.

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  • Terry

    The speaker was entertaining but we were not shown "some recovered historical items that provide a view into the area’s past." as the blurb said - except for some planks. We were told that Seattle's archeology is all about dirt being pushed around. There was only passing reference to Native Americans. However, I feel more enlightened about Seattle's past.

    February 22, 2013

  • Debra A.

    Now we all need to make a field trip to the Milepost 31 storefront down in Pioneer Square. 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
    Admission is free.
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday (closed on state holidays).
    Open until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month during the Pioneer Square Art Walk.

    February 22, 2013

  • Debra A.

    He was really good. I enjoyed it a lot. I love that he told us to stop recycling because we're making life pretty tough for future archaeologists!

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was really good. I liked all the stories he told about the waterfront, and the accompanying slides. I will be going to check out the Milepost 31 soon.

    February 22, 2013

  • WendyS

    Fantastic! The speaker had an engaging demeanor, spoke articulately and the information was extremely interesting.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Julie S.

    I'll have to watch the recorded version online.

    February 20, 2013

  • Greg B.

    At the last minute, I won't be able to attend and was wondering if this event will be audio recorded or filmed in any way?

    February 17, 2013

  • Nodo

    I used to live in Pioneer Square (NOrth of the DOme) & now live on Western with the viaduct (and the Big Wheel) blocking my view, so I have a personal interest in the viaduct replacement project I hadn't thought about the artifacts they'll find. Cool presentation idea--thanks.

    February 15, 2013

  • Brian W

    My first. Will there be a way for us to see who else is in the meetup group?

    February 12, 2013

  • Amy


    January 22, 2013

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    January 22, 2013

  • Debra A.

    Looking forward to it.

    January 22, 2013

  • jenny

    super excited about this one!!!!!

    December 28, 2012

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