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Former Gov. Spellman visits WA Capitol

Former Gov. Spellman visits WA Capitol

More than three decades after serving as Washington’s governor, John Spellman returned to Olympia to tour the Governor’s Mansion and Capitol and meet with current Gov. Jay Inslee. Before seeing the governor, 90-year-old Spellman, along with two of his sons, a grandson and a granddaughter, stopped by our office to meet with staff, including two alumni from Spellman’s gubernatorial staff – State Archivist Steve Excell, who served as Spellman’s chief of staff, and Patrick McDonald, who was an intern and…

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Second-grader gives WA Capitol thumbs-up in letter

Second-grader gives WA Capitol thumbs-up in letter

Washington’s Capitol Campus receives thousands of visitors each year, including many tourists from other states or other nations. But a large number are elementary school students from right here in Washington. Usually, an entire grade of students from a school will make the bus trip to Olympia to see the campus. For most of these students, it’s their first time to the Capitol. So you can imagine their reaction when they look up at the top of the domed Legislative…

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Legacy Washington honors those with ties to Korea

Legacy Washington honors those with ties to Korea

As it prepares for the September launch of its new online program and exhibit called “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered,” our Legacy Washington team gathered about 40 people who are either Korean Americans or connected to the Korean War. They included veterans and people displaced by the war. The group met at the Korean War Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia Monday for photographs, followed by an honorees reception in Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office and a…

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Writing contest champions share their winning letters

Writing contest champions share their winning letters

Three Washington students showed that the emotional power and inspiration of the written word is as strong as ever. The three state champions in this year’s Letters About Literature contest read aloud their winning entries before a large audience in the Capitol Friday, sharing life lessons they learned from authors who inspired them. Sponsored by the Washington State Library – a division of the Office of Secretary of State – and the Library of Congress, the competition encourages students to…

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From Your Corner: Capitol Campus rhodies

From Your Corner: Capitol Campus rhodies

  (Photo courtesy of Adam Noble) This time of year, you’ll see a wide range of beautiful flowers blooming throughout the Capitol Campus. The rhodies (Washington’s state flower!) in this photo can be found on the north side of the Temple of Justice. Thanks to OSOS employee Adam Noble for submitting this colorful shot. We invite you to e-mail your photos and stories to us as part of an ongoing feature called “From Your Corner of Washington” – we want…

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WA state politics forum draws crowd

WA state politics forum draws crowd

Secretary Wyman (left) with Cornell Clayton, Todd Donovan, Sen. Hans Zeiger, Maria Chavez and Nicholas Lovrich after the forum ended.  A panel discussion on the state of politics in our Washington attracted a standing-room-only crowd at a public forum Friday on the Capitol Campus. The public forum was co-hosted by the Office of Secretary of State and Washington State University’s Foley Institute. The symposium included a panel discussion on the latest developments in Washington state politics, including the state’s political…

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OSOS legislative package includes Presidential Primary date change, other election reforms

OSOS legislative package includes Presidential Primary date change, other election reforms

Secretary of State Kim Wyman is proposing a date change for Washington’s Presidential Primary, as well as other reforms of the state’s elections system as part of her package of requested bills to the Legislature this year. Wyman is asking legislators to make a few modifications to the state’s Presidential Primary, including moving its date from the fourth Tuesday in May to the second Tuesday in March. “The lateness of Washington’s Presidential Primary last year made it clear that we…

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SEA…HAWKS! Wyman joins fans at Capitol rally

SEA…HAWKS! Wyman joins fans at Capitol rally

  Secretary Wyman with former Seahawk Marcus Trufant in her office. (Photos courtesy of Benjamin Helle) Not even freezing temps could keep hundreds of Seahawks fans from gathering on the north steps of the Capitol for a rally Friday morning to cheer on the Hawks before their home playoff game Saturday night against Detroit. Secretary of State Kim Wyman joined Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and former Seahawk defensive back Marcus Trufant in firing up the cold crowd…

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Holiday Tree has left the building

Holiday Tree has left the building

As Blood, Sweat & Tears sang many years ago, what goes up must come down. The 2016 Holiday Tree was removed by a Department of Enterprise Services crew Wednesday morning after standing tall in the Capitol Rotunda for a month. The Capitol is being prepared for the Inaugural Ball Jan. 11. Here are photos showing the tree’s removal. Please follow and like us:

From the Digital Archives: 1959 Capitol Christmas tree

From the Digital Archives: 1959 Capitol Christmas tree

(Courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) Now that Christmas is over, many families have removed their Christmas trees or will soon. In fact, the Holiday Tree in the Capitol Rotunda outside our office will be coming down in early January. In case you’re wondering about these trees of yesteryear, here’s a rare photo of the 1959 Christmas tree that stood in the Rotunda. The classic photo is part of the Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990 found in the State Digital…

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