Archives honors Washington History Day winners

Archives honors Washington History Day winners

Five Washington students recently showed they might have the stuff to be the next Ken Burns. The Washington State Historical Society coordinates Washington History Day, which features an annual contest for students in grades 6-12 throughout the state. The Washington State Archives supports History Day by having staff volunteer to serve as contest judges. The contest encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Working individually or in groups, students select a topic related to…

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Digital Archives staffer contributes to award-winning book

Digital Archives staffer contributes to award-winning book

As the electronics records archivist for the Washington State Digital Archives, Debbie Bahn plays a key role at the first digital archives in the U.S. Bahn now can claim she also is part of a team of contributors that earned a national archives award. The Society of American Archivists recently announced that Philip C. Bantin, director of the archives and records management specialization at Indiana University, is the 2017 recipient of its Waldo Gifford Leland Award for his book, Building…

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Filing Week makes it official for thousands of candidates

Filing Week makes it official for thousands of candidates

Washington’s 2017 election cycle is officially under way following last Friday’s completion of Candidate Filing Week. This year’s Filing Week produced a total of 3,232 candidates (which includes state and county filings) for more than 3,100 offices open this year. To find out who filed in each of our 39 counties, go here. Perhaps the most-watched local race in the state will be for Seattle mayor, a position that saw 21 candidates throw their hats into the ring. Candidates filed…

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From the Archives: Mount St. Helens photos

From the Archives: Mount St. Helens photos

If you mention “May 18, 1980” to an older Washingtonian, you’ll likely get a knowing response: It’s the day Mount St. Helens erupted. It was on a sunny morning 37 years ago today that the eruption blew off the top 1,300 feet from its once cone-like summit, killing 57 people and thousands of animals, and destroying or flattening thousands of acres of timber. The eruption occurred when the mountain’s north face collapsed due to an earthquake, resulting in the largest…

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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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Candidate Filing Week runs May 15-19

Candidate Filing Week runs May 15-19

Many candidates already have been running for weeks or months, but the official start to campaign season in Washington – Candidate Filing Week – is next week, May 15-19. Nearly all of the 3,100-plus offices open for this election this year are local offices, such as city council, school district, fire district, port district and other races, including Seattle mayor. There are eight legislative races (see which district you’re in here), two Court of Appeals elections in King County, one…

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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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From the Archives: Classic fishing photos!

From the Archives: Classic fishing photos!

We know we don’t have to tell Washington’s fishing community, but Saturday marks the opening weekend of trout fishing in many lowland lakes. To help celebrate the big opening, and to help get folks in the mood to grab their poles and tackle boxes, we’re sharing a few of the classic fishing photos found in the State Digital Archives website. The top photo shows a man in waders fishing in an unidentified river with mountains in the background.  The photo…

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WA Archives: First Dan Evans scrapbook has been digitized!

WA Archives: First Dan Evans scrapbook has been digitized!

As we shared in March, the Washington State Archives received a historical bonanza in the form of 40 scrapbooks covering the long career of iconic Washington statesman Dan Evans. The scrapbooks cover a political career starting when Evans was a state representative from Seattle in the 1950s and early ‘60s, followed by his 12 years as governor from 1965 to 1977, and capped by his five-plus years as a U.S. senator in the 1980s. A crew at the Archives’ Olympia…

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Bill changing uniform business organizations code signed into law

Bill changing uniform business organizations code signed into law

A bill requested by Secretary of State Wyman and her Corporations Division has been signed into law by Gov. Inslee Monday. Senate Bill 5040 makes revisions and clarifying changes to the uniform business organizations code. The Office of Secretary of State’s Corporations Division worked with the Washington State Bar Association on crafting language for the bill, which provides a technical clean-up for a new law passed in 2016. “The uniform business organizations code was adopted last year with the goal…

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