by Brian Zylstra | November 25th, 2015 12:22 pm | No Comments
Our third quarterfinal game in the Archives Treasures tourney showcases two items with southern Thurston County ties. The first is a 1906 photo of the Tenino Oregon Trail marker. The second is the collection of documents for the first prison in Washington Territory, located near present-day Bucoda. You can vote for your favorite using the online poll below. It’s open until Monday at 9 a.m., so you can vote even while indulging on turkey or football!
by Brian Zylstra | November 25th, 2015 9:40 am | No Comments
It’s on to the semis of the Archives Treasures tourney for the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption documents. The St. Helens docs eliminated the 1874 photos of Seattle 54 percent to 46 percent in the second quarterfinal of the tourney, aka November Nuttiness.
Our third quarterfinal matchup is between the Tenino Oregon Trail marker and the documents of Washington Territory’s first prison. The online poll for that one begins this afternoon, so be watching.
by Brian Zylstra | November 24th, 2015 5:10 pm | No Comments
An essay and letter-writing contest to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has been extended until December 18.
The competition, sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State’s Legacy Washington program, asks students in grades 8 through 11 to either write a letter to a veteran (living or deceased) or an essay describing what World War II means to them.
Essays/letters can’t be more than 500 words. Students turn in entries should include their teacher’s name, teacher’s score, student name, school name, grade and school district.
Winners from each of the four grades will be chosen by a panel of judges at the start of the 2016 legislative session. A winner from each grade will be selected and invited to a ceremony in Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office and presented with a special certificate and a $100 gift card. Winning essays or letters will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website, featured in SOS publications and appear alongside the Washington Remembers exhibit, which focuses on Washingtonians who served in the war.
For more information about the contest, please go here or contact Legacy Washington’s Laura Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 902-4171.
by Brian Zylstra | November 24th, 2015 2:12 pm | No Comments
Our second quarterfinal in the Archives Treasures tourney, aka November Nuttiness, features two contestants that had strong first-round wins: the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption documents against the 1874 Seattle photos. You can vote for your favorite using the online poll below. The poll closes Wednesday at 9 a.m., so make sure to vote. The winner faces the 1969 Black Panther protest photos in what will be an epic semifinal matchup next week.
by Brian Zylstra | November 23rd, 2015 3:47 pm | No Comments
Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are reminding Washingtonians to make smart choices when giving money to charity and avoid unscrupulous solicitors during the upcoming holidays and afterward.
The two statewide officials who deal most closely with charities are also sharing tips on how to “Give Smart.”
“Washington residents are so generous and caring. Whether it was the Oso tragedy last year or the wildfires throughout much of our state this summer, many of us give money to help those in need, here or around the world. Unfortunately, scammers can victimize donors if they aren’t careful and do their homework before giving. Our goal is to help people give smart and avoid being ripped off.”
“As you look to provide assistance to help those in need, first investigate the charity to understand how your hard-earned dollars will be used. A little research can go a long way to avoiding being scammed. If you are scammed or suspect a scam, file a complaint with my office. I won’t tolerate crooks who prey upon the generosity of Washingtonians to make a quick buck.”
Ferguson said there are several common-sense ways to “Give Smart” and avoid being scammed by those seeking donations:
Don’t give in to high-pressure solicitations that demand you make an instant commitment.
Do your research before giving.
Check to see if the charity is registered with the SOS at its Charities Program website. If the organization is registered, you can review a summary of its tax status and financial records. If the organization is not registered, or you would like further information, contact the SOS Charities Program at 1-800-332-4483.
Check the charity’s rating by Better Business Bureau at www.give.org. More resources for donors can be found here.
Call the charity directly to make sure it has authorized the solicitor to collect donations on its behalf.
Our Charities Program has released the latest figures in its Commercial Fundraiser Activity Report. The report spotlights recent financial information for commercial fundraisers who solicit or collect donations on behalf of their charity clients. The causes vary widely and include police, firefighter and veteran organizations, medical research, animal welfare, civil liberties, and the environment.
Overall in 2015, charities that used commercial fundraisers received an average of 52 percent of contributions, slightly higher than the 48 percent found in the 2014 report. As usual, the continue reading
by Brian Zylstra | November 23rd, 2015 12:54 pm | No Comments
Now it gets interesting.
After more than a week of first-round “games” involving 16 of our more interesting/cool items and collections in your State Archives, we’re ready to start the quarterfinals of our Archives Treasures tourney, aka November Nuttiness.
The first matchup is going to be déjà vu all over again for Baby Boomers: 1969 Black Panther protest photos against 1971 Satsop rock festival photos. The online poll is below. You have until Tuesday at 9 a.m. to vote, so don’t be a square, man!
by Brian Zylstra | November 20th, 2015 2:32 pm | No Comments
We’re finally here: the eighth and final game of the first round of the Archives Treasures tourney, aka November Nuttiness. This matchup features two items from Washington’s early territorial days: the 1859-60 Crosby Store ledger and an 1857 map of Western Washington Territory. The winner advances to the quarterfinals, which begin early next week. You have until Monday at 9 a.m. to vote for your Game 8 favorite. Just use the online poll below.
by Brian Zylstra | November 20th, 2015 10:28 am | No Comments
The Washington territorial seal has advanced to the quarterfinals of our Archives Treasures tourney after knocking off the 38-star 1886 U.S. flag 58 percent to 42 percent. We’re down to our last of our eight first-round games. It’s the 1859-60 Crosby Store ledger against the 1857 map of Washington Territory. We’ll start the online poll for that matchup this afternoon, so be watching.
by Brian Zylstra | November 19th, 2015 2:14 pm | No Comments
We’re now on lucky Game 7 of the first round of our Archives Treasures tourney: the 38-star U.S. flag from 1886 going against the Washington territorial seal. You can choose your favorite via the online poll below. Make sure to vote by 9 a.m. Friday, because that’s when we shut down the poll.
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