Parham became interested in the project during her time at St. Lawrence University, where there exists an archive of information on the project. She spoke to some workers then, but was told the topic wasn't analytical enough for her dissertation at Binghamton University so the project was put on the back burner for 20 years.
Parham's book is the only recent account of the project, she said, mostly because most people take it for granted.
"No one else has attempted to write anything on it, because it's something that functions is obscurity, it does what it's supposed to do," she said. "Most people don't consider where their power comes from or how something they buy at the store gets there."
An official 50th anniversary celebration will take place in July, but there is already talk about how the seaway " largely unchanged since its opening " can be improved to allow more ships through. A dredging is also on the horizon.
"The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project" will be on bookshelves everywhere April 1, and is available for preorder through national booksellers and the publisher's Web site: www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu. (ISBN: 978-0-8156-0913-1) Parham hopes to make local appearances at libraries and bookstores after its release.""