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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.

At the next AKCHO meeting at 10:30 AM on September 26, three of the songs from the CD will be performed live by the songwriters. The meeting will be in the auditorium of the Visitor Center at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka the Ballard Locks), 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle. The live music will be followed by a program on “Lessons Learned from ‘Making the Cut’ Centennial Commemoration”. For more meeting details, click here

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.


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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