Thursday, March 3, 2016

Redmond Historical Society March meeting features speaker David Hansen

Saturday, March 12th,10:30am, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Ctr

The National Coast Defense System and the Fortification of Puget Sound, 1894-1925
David M. Hansen
Author of “Battle Ready: The National Coast Defense System and the Fortification of Puget Sound, 1894-1925”

In 1894, Puget Sound was added to the national coast defense system and became one of the most heavily fortified harbors in the United States.  Invisible from the sea, concrete fortifications at the mouth of Admiralty Inlet held powerful cannon.  Today, three state parks- Forts Casey, Flagler and Worden – present a range of concrete structures and historic buildings that serve as reminders of a unique chapter in U.S. military and Pacific Northwest history. Author David Hansen presents the national context, as well as many fascinating details and photos about the designs, innovations, and frustrations that were part of implementation as well as the experience of serving in the fortifications during the period of their greatest importance. A must program for fans of military history!

Relax over a cup of coffee at the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series, a monthly program from September to May that features eight speakers addressing topics of local, state and Pacific Northwest historical interest. (No program in December). The series is held 10:30am – noon at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA.  

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