On the road again

On the road again

Over the past few months, Secretary Wyman has been traveling around Washington on a number of multi-purpose trips. As she is the Secretary OF State, we’ve been calling these community visits her Secretary IN State tour. Since August, she’s visited Kelso and Longview in Cowlitz County; Vancouver and Camas in Clark County; Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County; Pasco, Richland and Kennewick in Benton and Franklin Counties; Walla Walla in Walla Walla County; Bellingham and Fairview in Whatcom County, Mount Vernon…

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Student Mock Election results mirror statewide outcome

Student Mock Election results mirror statewide outcome

Each year, students across Washington get to participate in a mock election to show how they would vote on candidates and measures if given the chance in real life. The Mock Election is a non-partisan, educational event that teaches kids to be informed voters. Nearly 180,000 students have voted in Washington’s annual Mock Election since 2004. Students vote on the same measures and candidates adults will decide. Not surprisingly, the student results were very similar to those of Washington’s registered voters who…

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WTBBL offering braille transcribing course

WTBBL offering braille transcribing course

If you’ve ever been interested in learning braille, what better place to learn it than at the state’s premier braille-service library? Earlier this October, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library kicked off its annual braille transcribing course. (Sorry, it’s too late to join the class this year. But it’s likely the class will be offered next October.) The free class started with 21 enrollees, the second-highest number since the class was reintroduced in 2008 after WTBBL transitioned to a…

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Lights, camera, action: Video shows how Korea 65 exhibit was installed

Lights, camera, action: Video shows how Korea 65 exhibit was installed

For several years, Capitol visitors have been treated to some amazing exhibits in our front lobby, courtesy of our talented and creative Legacy Washington team. The latest is “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered.” The exhibit, along with a series of online profiles, focuses on Washingtonians who experienced the Korean War in different ways, from U.S. soldiers who fought in the war to Korean-Americans who grew up in Korea during or after the war. Ever wonder how an exhibit actually…

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Student contest on Korean War ends November 30th

Student contest on Korean War ends November 30th

Washington students in grades 6-12 have until the end of November to take part in a contest sponsored by our Legacy Washington program. Legacy Washington’s Korea 65 contest encourages students to explore the question of how the Korean War affects Washington state today. Entries can be submitted as writings, film projects or two-dimensional art. The contest ends Nov. 30. Go here to sign up and learn about contest rules and other details. The contest is in connection with Legacy Washington’s…

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State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

The Washington State Library has launched a fun contest for Washington students and adults that allow them to express themselves about some part of state history. The Historical Zine Contest is in its third year. For those wondering what are Zines (rhymes with beans), they are basically self-published magazines – often via a photocopier – that give the creator’s point of view on a subject. Contest participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington history. The…

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“Strange Washington” is 2017 Archives Month theme

“Strange Washington” is 2017 Archives Month theme

The Washington State Archives is celebrating its annual Archives Month in October by making “Strange Washington” this year’s theme. Three events related to Archives Month will be held in Olympia over the coming weeks: Oct. 7: Tales of Strange Washington – Hear speakers talk about some infamous individuals and incidents in our state. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., State Archives Building, 1129 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Oct. 27: Haunted Tours – Archives staff will take visitors on a tour of…

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State Archives receives former SOS Bruce Chapman’s papers

State Archives receives former SOS Bruce Chapman’s papers

Over the years, many former elected officials in Washington have given their papers and other documents to the State Archives for safekeeping and making them available for public viewing. The latest former official to turn over papers to Archives is one of my predecessors, Bruce Chapman, who served as Secretary of State from 1975 to 1980. Bruce’s papers cover his years on the Seattle City Council, as Secretary of State, and when he was U.S. Census Bureau Director and Deputy…

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State Library helps Eastern WA libraries with day camps

State Library helps Eastern WA libraries with day camps

Everyone thinks of libraries as the place to read or check out books. But a summer day camp program in three Eastern Washington communities demonstrated that local libraries are much more. For six weeks this summer, kids in Harrington, Lind and Reardan took part in the Stimulating Summers Enriching Young Minds day camps in the communities that were supported by their libraries. Camp attendees explored different themes through crafts, games and reading. Themes included space camp, art around the world,…

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Korea 65 exhibit profiles: Nam Pyo Park and Johnathon Kupka

Korea 65 exhibit profiles: Nam Pyo Park and Johnathon Kupka

Last Thursday’s launch for the new Legacy Washington exhibit, “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered,” was a great event that brought a large crowd to the Capitol. You can watch TVW’s coverage of the exhibit launch here. The exhibit explores the stories of 13 Washingtonians who experienced the Korean War in different ways, from U.S. soldiers who fought in the war, to a nurse who worked in a MASH unit, to Korean Americans who grew up in Korea during or…

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