Current Exhibits

History Café: Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 06:30pm - 07:30pm

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the MOHAI's Compass Cafe for a lively 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! History Cafe is co-presented with MOHAI, The Seattle Public Library, and

Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography

David B. Williams is back to share more about his book, Too High, Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography. Since settlers first arrived in Seattle, the city's citizens have altered the landscape with an unrivaled zeal. They have regraded hills, reengineered tideflats, and replumbed lakes to provide better locations for businesses and easier ways to move through the challenging topography. In this talk, David B. Williams will place special emphasis on Lake Union and the changes it has undergone.

David B. Williams is a freelance writer focused on the intersection of people and the natural world. This History Café is based on his recently published book, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Landscape (University of Washington Press). His other publications include Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. Williams also works at the Burke Museum and maintains the website

Cost: Free (Does not include admission to museum galleries)

Location MOHAI, Compass Café
Contact MOHAI Programs | (206) 324-1126 Ex. 165