Stories in Stone: A Virtual Tour with David B. Willaims
March 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
About the Presentation:
Presenter: David B. Williams
Live Zoom Event: March 21st at 4:00pm, Meeting link will be sent out 2 days before the event.
Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks of a major city, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story. All one has to do is look at building stone to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics. Furthermore, building stones provide the foundation for constructing stories about cultural as well as natural history.
In this talk, based on my book, Stories in Stone (which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award), I explore building stone from around the country, ranging from rock used by the Romans to build the Colosseum to a gas station made of petrified wood to a granite quarry that lead to the first commercial railroad in the United States.
Plus, we’ll even be“visit” a couple of quarries and see where the stone originates.
About David: David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century.
He is also the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, and co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Williams is also a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum. His upcoming book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, will be published in April 2021.
To learn more about David, visit his website at geologywriter.com