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Contest: Guess date when Digital Archives reaches 200 million records

Contest: Guess date when Digital Archives reaches 200 million records

If you’re into genealogy or just like contests, you’ll want to take part in this new one run by our State Archives. The State Digital Archives has nearly 196 million records, and it will reach the 200 million mark in the near future. With the record milestone approaching, the State Archives has started a contest in which the first person to guess the correct, exact date when Digital Archives reaches the 200 millionth record will win an AncestryDNA kit. Don’t…

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From the Archives: Classic photo of Rosario Beach

From the Archives: Classic photo of Rosario Beach

While a drive to Deception Pass State Park spanning Whidbey and Fidalgo islands in northwestern Washington is scenic any time of the year, it’s especially gorgeous on sunny summer days. Need proof? Check out this 1936 photo of Rosario Beach, just north of Deception Pass. You can find the digitized photo by going to the Washington State Digital Archives website and then clicking on the State Parks and Recreation Commission, Photographs of Park Development, 1933-1938 collection. Please follow and like…

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From the Archives: Seafair hydros and Bob Hope

From the Archives: Seafair hydros and Bob Hope

If you mention “Torchlight Parade,” “Blue Angels” and “hydro races” anywhere near Seattle, people know that you’re talking about Seafair. This year’s Torchlight Parade has come and gone, but the planes and hydroplanes are coming up this Seafair Weekend. The hydroplane races have been a Seafair staple since the early 1950s. Hydroplane drivers like Bill Muncey, Chip Hanauer and Dave Villwock became racing legends. With the hydro races coming up this weekend, the State Archives is getting into the mood…

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Is Capitol Campus sundial disappearing?

Is Capitol Campus sundial disappearing?

Capitol staffers and visitors might soon notice that the sundial between the John L. O’Brien and John A. Cherberg buildings and just south of the Legislative Building has gone missing. Is the sundial going away for good? No. The Department of Enterprise Services has announced that the popular sundial is being removed this week for repairs. According to a DES news release: The sundial will be taken to Seattle for further condition assessment and repair. Work will include: Crafting of…

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Digital Archives’ classic fair photos

Digital Archives’ classic fair photos

For many people throughout Washington, a summer highlight is attending the local fair. In fact, many folks in the Olympia area have attended Capital Lakefair, which wraps up this weekend. The main fair season is coming up. The Seafair Torchlight Night is July 29 and Seafair Weekend is Aug. 4-6. And the Washington State Fair in Puyallup is Sept. 1-24. Go here to see a listing of fairs, festivals and other events in our state this year. Fairs are fun…

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From the Archives: Classic mountain photos!

From the Archives: Classic mountain photos!

Mountains are among the physical marvels that draw visitors throughout the world to our state and make Washingtonians proud to call this place home. Our mountains serve as grand and inspiring, yet dangerous, playgrounds for climbers, scramblers, backpackers, dayhikers and others wanting to get close to nature. Several of Washington’s most notable peaks are dormant volcanoes, including one (Mount St. Helens) that has been active more than once in recent decades. You can find many classic photos of Washington’s best-known…

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From Digital Archives: Classic WA sailing photos

From Digital Archives: Classic WA sailing photos

When you visit Puget Sound or one of the many lakes in Washington, especially during the gorgeous summer months here, you’re bound to see someone sailing. (And maybe you’re the one on the sailboat!) Sailing has been a popular activity around these waters about as long as sailboats first appeared here. These photos on the Washington State Digital Archives website confirm it. The top picture shows a couple of sailboats on Lake Washington around 1960. The middle shot features a…

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Dollivers visit building named after their father

Dollivers visit building named after their father

It isn’t every day that a building is named after one of your parents. In the case of Peter and Beth Dolliver, the James M. Dolliver Building in Olympia is named after their father, who was an advisor and chief of staff for Gov. Dan Evans for 12 years and later a State Supreme Court Justice for nearly a quarter century, including two years as Chief Justice. James Dolliver died in 2004 at age 80. The building, located at 801…

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Descendants of `last signer’ view state constitution

Descendants of `last signer’ view state constitution

Like they say, it’s better late than never. Even if it’s 42 years late. James A. Hungate would have agreed. A Democrat and farmer from Pullman, Hungate was a delegate to the 1889 Constitutional Convention in Olympia. But Hungate had to leave for home before the new state constitution was ready for him to sign. “The constitution was almost ready for signature,” Hungate recalled in a 1931 interview with the Spokesman-Review, “when I received a letter from Mrs. Hungate telling…

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Batman star Adam West’s connection to Washington State Archives

Batman star Adam West’s connection to Washington State Archives

Like many “Batman” fans, we were saddened to hear of last week’s passing of Adam West. West, who played Batman on the 1960s TV series, died in Los Angeles on June 9 following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 88. What we didn’t know is that our State Archives has a connection to the actor who played the Caped Crusader in the popular yet short-lived series.   Holy Archives, Batman! West had deep roots in Washington! On September 19, 1928,…

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