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A Seattle Greek Immigrant Family’s Soft Drink Business

by Steve J. Sourapas with Rosanne Gostovich Royer

James Constantine Sourapas, founder of the family’s soft drink business, arrived in Seattle in 1919 (after his audacious life in Portland had landed him in jail with a big fine to pay.) It was the midst of an economic downturn and the beginning of Prohibition – a good time to buy a business, especially one that appealed to a thirsty population. Sourapas formed important alliances with other soft drink pioneers, and established a family business that extended through three generations.

Author Steve Sourapas succeeded his dad as president of the company. Co-author Rosanne Gostovich Royer is a founder of the Ethnic Heritage Council of Seattle. 


Gannis to helm EHC
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Eastside Heritage Center (EHC) has announced the selection of Josh Gannis as its next Executive Director. The selection was made after nine months of extensive strategic planning and regional searching. Starting at his new position on August 2, Gannis will lead EHC in its mission to preserve and share the history of East King County with the community. (more…)


Rhythm in Colors
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Seattle Public Library, 8th floor
Now through 8/13/2017

“Rhythm in Colors” highlights Seattle’s storied history with jazz as a historic black art form that has influenced the world and animated our cultural landscape, bringing people together. Seattle jazz culture boasts a sweeping arc including award-winning musicians and music education programs.

The exhibit features the oral interviews of jazz musicians and advocates who have participated in the Library’s ongoing Seattle Jazz Archive project. So far, the Library has interviewed 13 individuals and will continue to add more interviews during 2017. Madeline Crowley has produced digital video, fully indexed transcripts and still photography for each interviewee with video production support from Jack Straw Productions.

The exhibit also explores how jazz educators have helped bring jazz into schools with opportunities for students to learn and participate, making Seattle a leader in youth jazz programs. Using their smartphones, visitors to the exhibit will be able to listen to audio clips of the oral interviews in the Library’s collection, see performances and access additional materials about jazz in Seattle.

The Central Library is located at 1000 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Admission is free.


Education program manager
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Historic Seattle
Application deadline:8/8/2017

Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority invites applications for the position of Education Program Manager. The Education Program Manager will be an individual with an appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of Seattle’s architectural history and a seasoned professional with tangible experience bringing creative programs and events to a broad audience. To learn more, click on this link: Education Program Manager – Position Announcement-1.


Tech Specific funding

Deadline: 9/28/2017, 5 PM

Analog to digital, low-tech to high-tech, this grant is for anyone working at the intersection of art and tech – that means artists as well as programmers, designers, fabricators, developers, engineers, tinkerers, and makers of all kinds.

Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations can apply for grants to create artistic projects using technology, and that include a publicly accessible component.

For more information, click here



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AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $15. Organization memberships are $35. Join more than 150 individuals and organizations supporting heritage work and historic preservation in King County. For more information and an application form, visit


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