Take a walk through the history of Seattle

The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle announces is Summer 2006 History Walking Tour schedule.

These guided walks with local historians and authors offer participants a fresh and entertaining perspective of local history and neighborhoods from knowledgeable guides.

The eight tours are Saturdays in July and August.

The first tour is at 1 p.m. Saturday. The walking series kicks off with a stroll through Seattle’s 100-year-old King Street Station. The tour features landmarks of the surrounding Pioneer Square and International Districts, and ends with an insider’s look at the station’s restoration.

Continuing the series at 11 a.m. July 8, historian and author Paul Dorpat leads visitors on “Yesler’s Way (Or No Way At All).” Learn more about Henry Yesler, one of Seattle’s founders.

On July 15, MOHAI executive director Leonard Garfield and historian Allan Seidenverg lead a tour of First Hill, Seattle’s first “society” neighborhood and the home of the Frye Art Museum, St. James Cathedral and other landmarks.

On July 22, Fred Brown from the University of Washington discusses African-American pioneer William Grose’s homestead, E. Madison Street’s cable cars and the cattle pounds where city herders once brought stray cattle that illegally roamed the streets.

On July 29, Garfield leads a tour of downtown Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

On Aug. 5, visitors can learn about Interlaken Park from historian Roger van Oosten and urban forester Elizabeth Walker. This is a hike that scales Capitol Hill from Boyer Street to 15th Avenue E. Organizers recommend wearing appropriate shoes. The tour includes lunch.

On Aug. 12, MOHAI librarian Carolyn Marr gives visitors a VIP look at MOHAI’s most treasured photographic images in celebration of the National Archives and Records Administration photography exhibit, “Picturing the Century,” opening Aug. 5.

On Aug. 19, historian Lorraine McConaghy and Center for Wooden Boats director Dick Wager lead a walking tour of Lake Union.

On Aug. 26, historian Brian Casserly discusses some of the major sites related to the World War II experience in Seattle, such as Victory Square, the headquarters for the Navy in the Northwest, and properties related to Seattle’s Japanese-American community.

Organizers of the event recommend participants dress appropriately for the weather, including wearing a sun hat, and bring water.

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