Historian Paul Dorpat to speak at free Eastlake meeting April 28

Historian and former Eastlake resident Paul Dorpat will be speaking and showing photos on Eastlake’s history at a free public meeting 6:30-9 p.m. this coming Wednesday, April 28, at the Tyee Yacht Club, 3229 Fairview Ave. E.

Refreshments will be served by Ravishing Radish Catering ($5 donation suggested).

Dorpat has published numerous books on Seattle’s history. He also writes the popular “Now and Then” column in the Sunday Seattle Times where he compares historic photos with contemporary views of the same scene, unearthing historical nuggets in the process.

Dorpat will offer his unique views on Eastlake’s history and will share photos from his own collection. The Eastlake Community Council, the event sponsor, will be showing some of their historic images. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own photos or clippings to share. (The ECC welcomes donations or loans to its archive of historic photos or documents.)

Paul Dorpat has a blog (doesn’t everyone?). You’ll find blog posts there and links to his other writings, as well as books for sale.

Writing in the current issue of the ECC’s Newsletter, Chris Leman has this capsule of Eastlake’s history:

Originally a forest loved by its Native American population, Eastlake was logged by the white settlers, who brought farmland and orchards. With bicycle trails and streetcars in the 1890s, it became one of the City’s oldest neighborhoods. In the 1910s the Lake Washington Ship Canal brought seagoing ships and marine industry, the University Bridge brought cars and trucks, and Boeing brought seaplanes. Interstate 5, completed in 1962, displaced many homes and businesses and set Eastlake physically apart. Now City zoning changes pose the greatest question for the future.

2 thoughts on “Historian Paul Dorpat to speak at free Eastlake meeting April 28

  1. striatic

    are there plans to videorecord the proceedings at length? it seems like it would be a good idea to get a good, comprehensive record of this meeting, for people in the next few years search “eastlake history” to find on the internet.

  2. Pat Mahoney

    South Lake Union has been a backwater area of downtown Seattle for decades. It is now undergoing a building boom. Since both businesses and families are moving into the area, it is important that South Lake Union should be preserved as a neighborhood. We should urge our local government officials to act now to erect a grade school and play grounds and preserve green spaces such as the Pea Patch Gardens and Seattle Times Park.

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