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Port Gardner and Beyond: A Place Across Centuries and Cultures

The program will present an illustrated historical overview of the growth and development of Snohomish County and the waters that adjoin it, from prehistory through the present. We will be looking at the various phases and impacts of human habitation, beginning with Native American patterns and tracing the techniques and impacts of early extractive industry such as mining, logging, and lumber manufacture through the territorial period and into the explosive growth and development that began at the end of the 19th Century and finally into the eventful complexities of the 20th Century and the present day.  We will attempt to describe the ways in which the patterns of early settlement were shaped by the waters and waterways and how those natural patterns were subsequently shaped by settlement and development. In many cases the consequences of patterns that commenced long ago are very much with us today.


 David Dilgard

David Dilgard is an Everett nativephoto of David Dilgard who has worked for 40 years as a Regional History Specialist at the Everett Public Library.  His long career began in 1972 when he initiated the first of several projects for the City of Everett, a historical marker program for the City involving young people in the community.  It grew to collecting oral history interviews and historic photographs that form the core of the present regional history collection at the Everett Public Library, one of the largest and most accessible resources of its kind in the region.

Mr. Dilgard has been a public speaker for diverse groups, been interviewed on radio and television, and conducted historic tours.  His tour of Evergreen Cemetery received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Washington State Historic Preservation Office in 2009, with a podcast available at Everett Public Library (  Mr. Dilgard is a prolific author writing books such as Buildings of Early Everett (1975) and Dark Deeds (1991), and co-editor of The Journal of Everett & Snohomish County History in the 1980’s.

During the City of Everett's 100th birthday celebration in 1993, Dilgard was among 100 "Centennial Citizens" honored for their special service to the community. In June of 2009 Dilgard and co-worker Margaret Riddle were recipients of the Robert Gray Medal awarded by the Washington State Historical Society.  Send email to Mr. Dilgard at