Speaking Engagements


Wind of Change: A Photo at the beginning and edge of Capitol Hill

A co-presentation with historian Rob Ketcherside at the Capitol Hill Historical Society 3rd Annual Holiday Party for which we used a variety of sources in order to identify each of the structures captured within a rare, 1902 photo from which tales of water scarcity, wandering cows, high society, and political graft emerged.

Date: December 14, 2019 Attendance: 15

Millionaire's Row Walking Tour

Located on 14th Avenue East from East Prospect to East Roy, Millionaire's Row was once the private and exclusive residence district for developer James Moore, the founder of Seattle's Capitol Hill, and many of Seattle's leading businessmen. This tour, organized in partnership with some of the row's current residents, offered an unprecedented look at these homes including in depth histories and descriptions of each of the row's 24 houses in addition to an inside look at two of the row's houses and the historical background leading to the row's creation.

Date: December 1, 2019 Attendance: 50


1101 E Pike Street Landmark Nomination

A short summary co-presented with architectural historian Marvin Anderson that introduced the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council to some of our findings on the history of a former automobile dealership building constructed in 1916. This presentation included a physical description, a brief history of use overtime, and histories of the original owner, architect, and first occupant.

Date: November 18, 2019 Attendance: 20


History and Horror: Tragedies and Creepy Coincidences in Capitol Hill History

Description:  At a meeting and luncheon for the Rainier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution I presented a series of some of the more harrowing tales I've come across over the years involving death, betrayal, deception, and recalcitrance in addition to accounts of my own strange experiences in the pursuit of history and preservation.

Date: October 8, 2019 Attendance: 45

History of the Flemington Apartments

A full history and tour of the Flemington Apartments located at 906 E John St, Seattle, WA. This presentation included histories of building's construction, original owner, architect, and its most significant commercial occupants.

Date: September 29, 2019 Attendance: 19

Seattle Prohibition Book Talk (Capitol Hill edition)

A co-presentation with Seattle historian and collector Brad Holden author of Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City. Our presentation focused on the Prohibition Era history of Seattle’s Capitol Hill with photos and stories about our city’s most notorious moonshiners and bootleggers and those trying to enforce the law.

Date: July 8, 2019 Attendance: 45

Rentals To Radiators: Auto Row's Oldest Building from 1899 to Today

A co-presentation with historian Rob Ketcherside at the Capitol Hill Historical Society 2nd Annual Holiday Party. This presentation covered the history of a small rental home (since demolished) at 953 E Union Street that was expanded and converted to commercial use in 1919 as a radiator repair shop.

Date: December 15, 2018 Attendance: 30


The Story Behind Seattle's Smallest Property

An on-site television interview about a small triangular piece of property located at the intersection of 12th Avenue, East Union Street, and East Madison Street whose creation was a result of regrading and street widening in the early 20th century.

Date: July 4, 2017