Transportation Museum Background Research

This page will ultimately provide a complete list of documents resulting from the research for Exhibits and Interpretation for the "Transportation Museum" (maritime heritage collaboration) at Lake Union, funded through a Transportation Enhancement grant received in 2006.  (By the end of January 2009 there should be about 70 documents listed on this page.)

  • Heron Scott, CWB's Lead Boatwright visited at other maritime museums around the country and also drew on his own experience at Chesapeake Bay Maritime and The Center for Wooden Boats, to develop and write this strategy for Working Exhibits.

  • Les Bolton is director of Grays Harbor Seaport, whose ships travel up and down the west coast and provide maritime exeriences to thousands of people each year.  Les was hired as a consultant to make recommendations for the ships at Lake Union Park.  His work started with five key recommendations he called Coming to Consensus.  He developed his recommendations in two subsequent documents, Part 1 and Part 2

  • Les Bolton's recommendations also featured a plan for selecting and prioritizing visiting ships for interpretation at the Historic Ships Wharf.

  • With the help of numerous consultants and hours of volunteer time The CWB came up with a Master Plan for Interpretation at the park. The document goes into detail on how we plan to collectively tell the story of the lake and its people. 

  • As part of the master plan for interpretation at the park, the grant allowed us to bring renowed expert Ray Ashley to South Lake Union as a historic ships specialist and consultant. This report considers the role of the historic vessels in the presentation and interpretation of maritime history in the park.

  • In coming up with interpretation for Lake Union Park, members of the Working Group brainstormed a number of potential interpretive themes that can be explored by visitors and residents.

  • In addition, many of the themes that we plan to explore will look at the Natural History of the Lake. The following thematic framework was created by graduate student intern at the Center for Wooden Boats.

  • Building off or our master plan, we also though about ways to engage youth in programs and activities currently offered, as well as those activities that are to come. 

  • The CWB has an extensive collection of wooden small craft. In order to better share the collection, additional funding from the Norcliffe Foudation allowed us to index and create a catalogue of small craft to be made available on the web.

  • Graduate Students from the University of Washington's Information School also helped The CWB by spearheading a project to identify maritime heritage archival sources within the region. A summative meeting was held at the Downtown Seatle public library, in which the meeting minutes are available.

  • An annotated bibliography of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society's journal, Sea Chest, was created for the Center for Wooden Boats and its partners by a University of Washington Museology graduate student.  

  • In conjunction with the History of Transportation at Lake Union essay written by Lorraine McConnaghy, she also produced a document of First-Person Accounts about the lake, as well as a Chronology/Timeline document. She utilized records from the archive of the Museum of History and Industry, where she is a historian and curator. 

  • The Center for Wooden Boats received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to hire a consultant to do a Conservation Assessment Program for its collection. Renowned expert Jonathan Taggert conducted the CAP study in 2006, and then came back for in 2008 to do an update.

  • In our ongoing commitment to preserving collections and skills for future generations, The CWB revised its collection management policy.

  • With insight from researchers at the Museum of History and Industry, the new History Trail will also be implemented soon in the park. The following planning document details what the public will see and the research that went on.

You can also visit to read more details about the planning project.

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