Transportation across the state throughout the years — from canoe journeys to flying cars to Boeing’s latest planes — are in the spotlight for Harriet Baskas’ “Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest” presentation, set for 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Baskas, and author and broadcaster, takes audiences on a tour of notable highlights of state transportation history in this Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event — examining not just how we get around but why we travel and where we might be going next. The audience will be invited to share family stories of migration, memories of first flights and unforgettable car trips, and consider a future of autonomous cars and vacations in space.
The event is free.
A Seattle resident, Baskas has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Washington and has served as the general manager for three Pacific Northwest radio stations and has created award-winning radio for National Public Radio (NPR). Her books include “Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You.” She writes about airports, air travel and museums for outlets that include NBC News, CNBC and USA Today.
Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s roster of presenters are professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists and others — all chosen not only for their expertise but “their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds.”
All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour.
They are hosted through a wide range of organizations throughout Washington state.