Author, historian Michael Hemp to talk at Foss Waterway Seaport


Foss Waterway Seaport presents historian Michael Kenneth Hemp, revealing exciting new horizons for Pacific Northwest history, our cultural and literary connections, marine science and maritime interests, and a new travel and hospitality industry potential throughout Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest. His presentation is titled “Conjunction” and will take place Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m.

In 1983, Hemp established the non-profit Cannery Row Foundation and has served since as its principal researcher and celebrant. His acclaimed “Cannery Row, The History of John Steinbeck’s Old Ocean View Avenue” (1986) is now in its third edition, fourth printing.

Hemp is now president emeritus of the Foundation and principal of The History Company, engaged in historical research, heritage marketing consulting, publishing, lecturing and heritage special events (see

California old Cannery Row historian and historical authority on John Steinbeck’s world-famous Cannery Row and its pioneering marine biologist Edward F. “Doc” Ricketts has relocated to Gig Harbor in order to further research, record, establish and celebrate our shared legacies. Foss Waterway Seaport is proud to have been chosen for the premier presentation of “Conjunction: The Emerging Connection of Cannery Row, the Historic Pacific Northwest, John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of the Western Flyer.”

Admission to this event is free with paid admission to the museum. A “meet the author” and book signing will follow the talk.

Foss Waterway Seaport is located at 705 Dock St. in Tacoma. For information, visit

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