Let ‘er Boom!

Photo IllustrationBy the time the first passenger train pulled into town on September 19, 1888, the railroad boom was in first bloom! Today, 125 years later, another boom is in the works reactivating this corridor beginning with an alliance between Snohomish and Woodinville. You are invited to join us for a Saturday Symposium of Speakers, a Musical Interlude and Lunch!

Celebrating the History of the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad and the Future of the Eastside TRailway Alliance

Saturday, September 14, 2013
AngelArmsWorks, 230 Avenue B, Snohomish
Doors open at 9a

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Featured Speakers


Al RunteAn internationally recognized expert on national parks and railroads, Alfred Runte is based in Seattle, Washington. He was recently an adviser to the Ken Burns PBS documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” and appeared in all six episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series. His books include “Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation;” “Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness;” and “Trains of Discovery: Railroads and the Legacy of Our National Parks,” now in its fifth edition. In April 2011, Runte was elected to membership in the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame at Illinois State University (his master’s degree institution) “in recognition of exemplary achievement” as a teacher and public scholar. He also holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Al Runte, along with J. Craig Thorpe, are the Keynote Speakers:
    How Trains Save the Environment to begin at 9:30a


J Craig's Art
J. Craig Thorpe
is a nationally recognized artist specializing in conceptual renderings and landscape paintings. Says Robert Eaton, Mayor of Leavenworth, WA, “Craig understands the history, needs, and mission of our community. Our investment in his talents has more than paid for itself.” Craig’s interest in art dates from his formative years in Pittsburgh, PA. The landscapes of the area, with its undulating topography, rivers, industrial plants and railroads captured his imagination. The imagery of those experiences shaped the foundation of a career. His work has been published in various papers and journals such as the Arizona Republic, Denver Post, and USA Today, National Parks Magazine, Audubon and books such as Alfred Runte’s “Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation” and “Trains of Discovery: Railroads and the Legacy of Our National Parks” (pictured on the left).
Read, and see, more at his website.

David Dilgard
Everett native David Dilgard has worked as a specialist in regional history at the Everett Public Library for 35 years and awarded the Washington State Historical Society’s Robert Gray Medal Award in 2009.

  • David Dilgard: How the Coming of the SLS&E Illuminated Ferguson’s Dark Land — speaking around 10:45, followed by the Musical Interlude: “When the Lake Shore and Eastern is Done” performed by singer Peter Blake, Kathy Jacobson, cello, and Rick Jacobson, percussion.

David Dilgard
In the mid-1880s, Snohomish’s town fathers agitated hard for a railroad, anxious to link the town’s logging and lumber concerns to markets north and south, and maybe link up to a transcontinental line. It could mean a bonanza for this small inhabited island in a forested wilderness. The railroad’s coming ignited dreams and grew towns, Woodinville among them, but entailed some unforeseen twists.


Catered Lunch Courtesy The Cascadia Center


Dorpat, Armbruster, SherrardPaul Dorpat is a longtime Seattle resident. Paul has produced documentaries for local television, lectured widely, and since 1982 has written the weekly column, “Now and Then” for the Seattle Times. Included among his dozen published books are three volumes of Seattle “now and then” comparisons drawn from his column and “Building Washington,” an illustrated encyclopedic study of the state’s historical development that he co-authored with Genevieve McCoy. Dorpat’s collaboration with Jean Sherrard began in 1999 with the production of bumberchronicles, a video history of Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual arts festival.
Washington Then and NowJean Sherrard (pictured on the right) has worked as an actor, writer, director, photographer, teacher, carpenter and private detective. Co-founder of the Globe Radio Repertory, he wrote and directed scores of radio plays for National Public Radio and has trod the boards of Seattle’s finest theaters. His photos and articles have been featured in numerous publications. With Paul Dorpat, he co-produced Bumberchronicles, a KCTS-9 documentary, and co-wrote Legacy, a commemorative history of the Kreielscheimer Foundation. Currently, Sherrard teaches drama and writing at Hillside Student Community, a private secondary school in Bellevue, Washington.
Paul and Jean co-authored “Washington Then and Now” which you can read more about here.

Orphan Road
Kurt E. Armbruster (seated in the center) is a Seattle native, historian, professional bassist, and singer-songwriter. He has played music of many genres, from Beethoven to balalaika, Sousa to swing, and has written three books, including “Orphan Road: The Railroad Comes to Seattle, 1853–1911.”

He is a proud member of the Seattle Musicians’ Association, afm Local 76–493. Read more …

  • Paul Dorpat, Jean Sherrard and Kurt Armbruster will team up for the post lunch presentation:
    Rails of the Region beginning around 12:30p


Quarterly Meeting of the Eastside TRailway Alliance

Karen Guzak, City of Snohomish and Les Rubstello, City of Woodinville
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No Host Mixer: 4:30p


Sunsets in Snohomish: 5-6:30p

Wine Tasting and Shopping Downtown Snohomish, $10


No Host Dinner: First & Union Cafe, 6:30p

(Details to follow)


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