Join SMU’s Society of Fellows for an evening of music and history
November 21, 2007
Lacey, Washington — The Saint Martin's University
Society of Fellows presents its Fall 2007 Colloquium on Wednesday, Nov.
28, at 7:00 p.m. Special guest Hank Cramer will entertain and educate
with his program, “Bound for the Northwest — Songs of Settlers and
Sailors.” The event, free and open to the public, will take place in the
Norman Worthington Conference Center on Saint Martin’s main campus, 5300
Pacific Ave. SE, in Lacey.
Weaving together music and history, Cramer will give
an overview of the settlement of the Pacific Northwest and examine how
settlers told their stories in traditional folk songs. Tales set to
music include those of sea explorers who hunted furs, land explorers who
struggled to map territory, eastern-state "emigrants" who sought a new
life in a strange land, and non-natives such as Aleuts and Hawaiians who
were "imported" to do the work of Hudson Bay Company — plus stories of
how these groups interacted with indigenous Native Americans.
Cramer is a traveling folk singer who lives in
Washington State. He is best known for his booming bass voice,
accompanied by vintage flat-top guitar and a wry sense of humor.
Cramer’s penchant for songs about the itinerant lifestyle reflects his
own wanderlust, having been an underground miner, professional soldier,
shanty-man on a square-rigged sailing ship, wrangler for a high-country
outfitter and world traveler. He has 12 albums and two television
soundtracks to his credit.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Humanities & social sciences divisions
Foreign language divisions