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Month: June 2013

Latest Washington Rural Heritage addition: Sedro-Woolley

Latest Washington Rural Heritage addition: Sedro-Woolley

(Photo courtesy Washington State Library) For the past several years, a program coordinated by our State Library has helped libraries, museums and other cultural institutions in rural communities organize and digitize historical photos, texts, scrapbooks, maps and other items  documenting early culture and community life in Washington. This program, called Washington Rural Heritage, provides these photos and documents for the public to view, for free. The program has helped fund the addition of a project that helps tell the history…

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From Your Corner: Zillah’s name

From Your Corner: Zillah’s name

(Photo courtesy of City of Zillah) If you’ve driven from Yakima to the Tri-Cities or if you’ve done a wine-tasting tour in the Yakima Valley, chances are you’ve been through Zillah, a town of roughly 3,000 inhabitants in south-central Washington. Zillah is in beautiful Yakima County, known for more than two dozen local wineries and vineyards. Zillah (pronounced ZIL-uh) was named by Yakima Valley irrigation pioneer Walter N. Granger, president of the Yakima Land and Canal Company. One of the…

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Budget breakthrough means no shutdown

Budget breakthrough means no shutdown

Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders from both parties and both houses on Thursday announced the good news that had eluded them for weeks — a budget deal that will avert a partial government shutdown. The state is closer to the budget deadline than ever before — and the phrase “government shutdown” had moved into the state lexicon as anxious state employees, their managers and the public wondered if it could happen here. With just three days before the June…

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Central Asian student leaders visit our office

Central Asian student leaders visit our office

One of the highlights of working in our office is seeing the flow of visitors to the Capitol, not only from our state but from around America and the world. The latest example is a group of 20 female student leaders from five Central Asian nations who stopped by our office Wednesday morning during their daytrip to Olympia . The students, from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, are in Washington to participate in the 2013 Study of the United…

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Picnicking in Spokane a century ago

Picnicking in Spokane a century ago

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) With summer supposedly here (Sunday night’s drenching around Olympia suggests otherwise), many of us will be looking for excuses to be outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. Whether you’re part of a couple, a family or a group of friends, a picnic in a park on a nice day is hard to beat. That was the case 100 years ago, as shown in the photo of a group picnicking at Manito Park in…

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Patriotism in every stitch

Patriotism in every stitch

Currently being hung in the Secretary of State’s lobby in the State Capitol are 13 “Quilts of Valor”. Each quilt has been beautifully handmade by residents of Washington and will be proudly displayed for the month of July. The lobby is being transformed to a patriotic display of red, white, and blue. The project is part of the Quilts of Valor program that has awarded over 80,000 quilts to veterans and current service members affected by war. These quilts bring color to the Office…

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New video focuses on military voting

New video focuses on military voting

We’ve just finished a cool new video that chronicles efforts on behalf of our office to assist military voters. Watch the video here. Entitled “Serving Those Who Serve – A Guide to Military Voting in Washington State,” the approximately 10 minute video aims to educate military members living in Washington or overseas, a group of voters who represent one of the most mobile demographics. Washington has a large military population, and almost 50,000 registered military voters. The state enjoys a…

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Budget leaders: 320 million reasons to avert shutdown

Budget leaders: 320 million reasons to avert shutdown

Relieved budget writers say Washington should be able to avoid a government shutdown, after getting the year’s best revenue news, new, more robust revenue projections and a $90 million reduction in expected caseload costs. State budget Director David Schumacher and budget writers from both houses and both parties said the $320 million one-day windfall should break the Olympia logjam that had threatened to trigger a partial government shutdown if no budget were produced by June 30.  Senate budget Chairman Andy…

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Farewell to Native exhibit, hello to Quilts of Valor

Farewell to Native exhibit, hello to Quilts of Valor

Staff carefully remove panels from the Native Indian tribe exhibit. The Office of the Secretary of State has packed up the Northwest Indian tribe exhibit and soon will be hanging the new exhibit, “Quilts of Valor,” honoring our veterans. The Northwest Indian tribe exhibit, created by the Washington State Heritage Center, part of the Office of the Secretary of State, will continue to be displayed throughout Washington state. Starting in August, the exhibit, “We’re Still, Here, The Survival of Washington…

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It’s Flag Day

It’s Flag Day

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives) For many schoolchildren here in Washington, June 14 is the first day of summer vacation or the last day of school. It’s also Flag Day, the holiday when we celebrate the birthday of the U.S. flag. The “Stars and Stripes” originated as a result of a resolution offered by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia and adopted on June 14, 1777. The resolution read: “Resolved: that the flag of the…

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