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Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name

David Buerge
Sasquatch – 352 pp – $12.99

A biography of Seattle’s Native American namesake, a one-time war leader who changed his tactics and  negotiated the transformation of his world in an effort to ensure the well-being of his people while helping the first white settlers to survive. Buerge reports on a half-century of flux, turmoil, and violence, as a long-established Native American society in Puget Sound is confronted with white settlers who view the land as theirs for the taking.

David Buerge is a teacher, historian and writer. He has been conducting research for this book since the 1970s.


Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

by Linda Carlson
UW Press – 298 pp – $24.95

The words “company town” evoke images of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in isolated villages, of wages paid in scrip good only at price-gouging company stores of paternalistic employers. But these stereotypes are outdated, especially for the company towns that flourished well into the 20th century. This new edition of Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest updates the status of the surviving towns and includes a new preface by the author. Includes over 5 dozen illustrations.

Linda Carlson has written or contributed to several books on business. A graduate of Harvard Business School and a former member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, she has a special interest in company towns and social histories.


Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name

by David M. Buerge
Sasquatch – 352 pp – $25.95

This is the story of a half-century of tremendous flux, turmoil, and violence, during which a native American war leader became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful hybrid racial community.

When the British, Spanish, and then Americans arrived in the Pacific Northwest, they assume it was an untamed wilderness. In fact, it was a fully settled and populated land. Chief Seattle was a powerful representative from this very ancient world.

Historian David Buerge has been researching and writing this book about the world of Chief Seattle for the past 20 years. Buerge has threaded together disparate accounts of the time from the 1780s to the 1860s–including native oral histories, Hudson Bay Company records, pioneer diaries, French Catholic church records, and historic newspaper reporting. Chief Seattle had gained power and prominence on Puget Sound as a war leader, but the arrival of American settlers caused him to reconsider his actions. He came to embrace white settlement and, following traditional native practice, encouraged intermarriage between native people and the settlers, offering his own daughter and granddaughters as brides, in the hopes that both peoples would prosper. Included in this account are the treaty signings that would remove the natives from their historic lands, the roles of such figures as Governor Isaac Stevens, Chiefs Leschi and Patkanim, the Battle at Seattle that threatened the existence of the settlement, and the controversial Chief Seattle speech that haunts to this day the city that bears his name.

David M. Buerge has been a teacher, historian, and writer. He is an alum of the University of Washington and the Peace Corps. He has been researching the pre- and early history of the city of Seattle since the mid 1970s. He has published fourteen books of history and biography.


Making the Cut music CD – free to non-profit orgs

Maritime Folknet announces the release of a music CD with sixteen new songs about the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks. Copies of the CD will be free to non-profit organizations, schools, and libraries.

Non-profit organizations can pick up their copy of the CD at one of the monthly AKCHO meetings, or email to have the CD mailed to you.

The songs on the CD were the winners in a songwriting contest organized by Maritime Folknet, a non-profit organization that continues the legacy of Northwest maritime music. This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. Recording, mixing and mastering were done at Jack Straw Cultural Center.

The Lake Washington Ship Canal and Ballard Locks: triumph or tragedy? At the centennial of the canal’s completion, these songs explore its lasting impact. The canal opened a link between Puget Sound and the rich resources of the freshwater interior, playing a major role in Seattle’s growth into a metropolis. But for Native peoples, the environmental changes brought by the ship canal accelerated the loss of their traditional way of life.

These songs tell many stories: those of migrating fish and Native Americans, dreamers and workers, sailors and fishermen, kayakers and picnickers. The musical genres range from acoustic to soft rock, from swing jazz to folk.

Besides offering free copies of the CDs, Maritime Folknet is also offering them for sale at wholesale prices to organizations that would like to sell them at events or gift shops.


KCLS library histories now available

In 2016,‘s biggest project was to document the history of the King County Library System. Currently they’ve added comprehensive feature histories and timeline essays on libraries in Algona-Pacific, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Boulevard Park, Burien, Carnation, Crossroads, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Fairwood, Fall City, Issaquah, Kent, Kingsgate, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Hills, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Muckleshoot, Newcastle, Newport Way, Redmond, Redmond Ridge, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and White Center. The rest of the KCLS library histories will be added in 2017.



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