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Call for articles from emerging history professionals

AASLH History News Magazine
Deadline: 8/15/2017

Emerging History Professionals are taking over the Winter 2018 issue of the American Association for State and Local History’s History News magazine! The issue will be guest co-edited by emerging history professionals Hope Shannon and Hannah Hethmon. Features and articles will all focus on Emerging History Professionals and reflect their insights and opinions about the field.
Anyone in the early stages of a public history career, broadly defined, is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who identify as belonging to this community.

History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

The editors are seeking submission of article abstracts. Proposed articles must:

• Be relevant to the theme of Emerging History Professionals.
• Articles by emerging professionals will be given priority over those with more time in the field.
• Not have previously been published elsewhere.
• Be 2,500-3,000 words in length and properly footnoted and cited in Chicago/Turabian style.

Instructions and Deadlines:
• The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2017.
• Authors of accepted articles will be notified by the first week of September 2017. • They will then have until November 1 to submit a final edited and reviewed version of their article. At that time, the article must be fit for print.

Along with the abstract (500 words max), submission must include:
• A brief paragraph explaining how the article is relevant to the early history career/emerging history professional issues and AASLH’s mission (200 words max)
• A brief biographical statement (100 words max)

Read the full submission instructions and submit your abstract. Questions about topics and submission guidelines should be directed to Hope Shannon and Hannah Hethmon.


Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

by David B. Williams, Jennifer Ott, and the staff of HistoryLink
HistoryLink – 176 pp, 160 illus – $24.95

This book highlights how Seattle’s civic leaders doggedly pursued construction of the ship canal over several decades despite numerous setbacks and competition from other canal schemes. The book explores how the waterway was rearranged, the canal’s wide-ranging environmental impacts, who has worked and played on the canal, and how it has shaped the local economy and communities. Filled with maps and historic photographs, Waterway will offer a new way to see and understand one of the more importance changes to Seattle economic, ecologic, and social landscape.


Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

David B. Williams
UW Press – 264 pp, 50 collor illus, 18 maps – $17.95

Walks that contemplate both the natural and manmade histories of Denny Hill, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, Seattle’s historic shoreline(s) and more.

David B. Williams is the recipient of AKCHO’s 2016 Virginia Marie Folkins Award.


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. 


Lake Washington Ship Canal Digital Collection

This online collection developed by the Seattle Public Library includes a variety of materials related to the history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal such as maps, photographs, postcards, correspondence, tourism ephemera, and more. Discussion of the canal dates back to 1854 when Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer proposed the idea of Lake Union serving as a connection point between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Over the next 50 years, various routes were considered for the canal, including a short-lived attempt to build a South Canal through Beacon Hill. Finally in 1909, local government provided funding to enlarge the Montlake Cut and in 1910, federal funding was approved for the creation of the ship canal and locks. The locks were officially opened on July 4, 1917. For a comprensive history of the ship canal and locks, take a look at “Dig the Ditch!: The History of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.”



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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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