Uncover the past and present through sites, stories, and photos with famed Seattle Times columnist Paul Dorpat.

South-Lake Union

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What You'll Do

You could say that Paul Dorpat wrote the book on Seattle, having authored several works of regional history and writing the weekly column “Now and Then” for The Seattle Times since 1982 along with Jean Sherrard. Join the duo for an exclusive and unforgettable journey through the lesser-known side of Seattle history, complete with entertaining true stories, fascinating landmarks, and a touch of irreverence. Visit historic sites and see shocking before-and-after photos of places like Pike Place Market, the Seattle Waterfront, the International District, and much more as you uncover a new side to Seattle alongside experts who have a combined total of 50 years of experience.

  • Meet a Famed Seattle Insider
    Paul Dorpat is a local celebrity, having authored several regional history books and earning four lifetime achievement awards. He’ll be joined by his Seattle Times co-columnist Jean Sherrard.

  • Compare the Past and Present of Historic Sites
    See old photos of the exact landmarks you’ll visit to understand how Seattle has changed--and stayed the same--over time

Each event is capped at 15 participants; each event requires a minimum of 10 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Paul Dorpat
Renowned Regional Author

If you have a question about Seattle, Paul Dorpat likely has the answer. He's been a well-known local historian since he started his Seattle Times column “Now and Then” in 1982 with writer and theater director Jean Sherrard. He's since authored dozens of books on the region's history and garnered four lifetime achievement awards—though the author isn't quite finished yet.


Where You'll Meet

Museum of History and Industry's Compass Cafe



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    South-Lake Union

    860 Terry Ave N.

    Seattle, Washington 98102

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In a Nutshell

Discover shocking and amusing now-and-then comparisons as you walk to landmarks and little-known sites with a renowned historian and writer.

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 10 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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