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2021 Washington Rowing Season!

Our Huskies are back on the water and ready to race! Unfortunately, fans will not be able to gather at home regattas, but make sure to tune in to the live stream and support your Huskies! For more race info, visit



Previous Events:


July 31st , 2021 – Willapa Spirit Canoe Awakening Event

On Saturday, July 31st we gathered together for a traditional ceremony to awaken the Willapa Spirit canoe which has been resting inside after one of its family members, Prof Emeritus Marvin Oliver, passed away over two years ago. The Blue Heron Canoe Family shared in this event by paddling ashore and being welcomed by Chairwoman Cecile Hansen of the Duwamish Tribe. Once ashore, Marilyn Bard of the Oliver Canoe family led the emotional welcoming and awakening ceremony followed by prayer by Ken Workman and words by Professor Charlotte Cote, and songs and drum by the Blue Heron Canoe family.  All were treated to lunches outside AFTER we helped to move the canoe out of the double doors to be launched into the water to join the Blue Heron on a two week trip north to Lummi.  The annual Canoe Journey was cancelled again this year, so these two canoes had a smaller ‘Healing Waters’ journey beginning from Edmonds.

Watch recent UW graduate, Owen Oliver’s, remarks on his family’s canoe here

February 25th, 2021 – How a  Book Can Save a Building

PAC-12 support is strong! The UO has hosted several football tailgates in ASUW Shell House and this month, the University of Oregon Alumni Association hosted a virtual talk on Boys in the Boat, the Shell House, and their history. Nicole Klein, Daniel James Brown, and others were in attendance. Comparisons have been made to the importance of our landmark to their legendary Hayward Field. *Nicole is a UO alumna, which also helps! If you were unable to join the event, you can watch the recording here!

January 29, 2021

Author Daniel James Brown and Nicole Klein were interviewed as part of the Seattle Boat Show’s virtual programming this year and talked about Boys in the Boat, the Shell House, and more. Click here to watch the recording!

March 26, 2020 – Seattle Now & Then Feature

The Seattle Times featured a new article written by Clay Eals about the history and future of the Shell House, along with pictures of the original 1936 team and their families today (Gathered at the Shell House before COVID). Read the Seattle Times feature here as well as the extended version on the Seattle Now & Then blog here.

June 26, 2019

Seattle 4 Rotary hosted Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat; Judy Rantz Willman, daughter of Joe Rantz; and Melanie Barstow, founder of the Boys of ’36 Tours in a panel moderated by Sportswriter Mike Gastineau. Thank you Seattle Rotary for your support of bringing back the ASUW Shell House!

4/12 – 4/13: UW Parent and Family Weekend

5/4 – Opening Day, Windermere Cup, Willapa Spirit Canoe participates in the Seattle Yacht Club boat parade

5/31 – UW Class of 1969 50th Reunion

October 13, 2018

UW Recreation put on a reunion dinner inside the ASUW Shell House with 150 friends and family members of the 1936 Olympic Crew from UW.

November 15, 2018

UW Recreation partnered with UW Libraries and MOHAI and held a Armistice Day centennial celebration at the ASUW Shell House. Read more about the event here.


We want to acknowledge the lands and waters where the ASUW Shell House rests, stəx̌ʷugʷił (stukh-ug-weelth) ‘Carry a Canoe’ in southern Lushootseed – land of the Duwamish, ‘the people of the inside’, and all the Coast Salish people. It is the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.