Korea 65 launch countdown: Jim Evans and Sotero Soto

Korea 65 launch countdown: Jim Evans and Sotero Soto

Our Legacy Washington team is preparing for its Sept. 14 launch of its new exhibit, “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered.” It 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 after the war. The public is welcome to attend the Korea 65 exhibit launch at the Capitol….

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Korea 65 launch countdown: Cindy Ryu and Joan Kim

Korea 65 launch countdown: Cindy Ryu and Joan Kim

Our Legacy Washington program is getting ready for the Sept. 14 launch of its new exhibit in our front lobby, “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered.” The exhibit tells 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 after the war. The public is welcome to attend the Korea…

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Legacy Washington to launch Korea 65 exhibit September 14

Legacy Washington to launch Korea 65 exhibit September 14

Our Legacy Washington team recently finished installing an informative and terrific-looking new exhibit in our front lobby. Called Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered, it provides a series of stories about 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 after the war. On September 14, our office is hosting a Korea 65…

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State Library closed Aug. 30 for training

State Library closed Aug. 30 for training

The Washington State Library will be closed Aug. 30 for staff training. No appointments, online chat service or telephone assistance will be available that day. The State Library will resume normal operations on Aug. 31. The State Library’s Reading Room is open by appointment Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Its front lobby, which includes two computers available for public use, also is open during this time. The library is located at 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE in…

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Scenes from State Library’s Eclipse Event

Scenes from State Library’s Eclipse Event

For those who couldn’t make the trip (or chose not to go due to the expected large crowds and brutal traffic) south to Oregon and watch this morning’s solar eclipse in its totality, there were many eclipse events held in different Washington communities. The Eclipse Event at the Washington State Library in Tumwater proved to be one of the most popular, as an estimated 500 people gathered on the south side of the library building to view an astronomical event…

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Reminder: Aug. 31 is deadline to nominate a WA company for state honor

Reminder: Aug. 31 is deadline to nominate a WA company for state honor

If you know a Washington corporation or business that gives back to your community, you have until the Aug. 31 deadline to nominate it for a 2017 Corporations for Communities Award. Nomination forms can be found here. Past nominations included charitable activities like paid time for employee volunteer work, sponsoring and organizing fundraisers, matching of employee giving efforts, direct cash and in-kind donations, and building a community of giving within their organizations. Winners will be announced in late September, with…

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Legacy Washington to host Korea 65 fundraiser in Tacoma Saturday

Legacy Washington to host Korea 65 fundraiser in Tacoma Saturday

The Korean War – sometimes called “the forgotten war” – is too often a complete mystery to Washington students, who know little to nothing about the events that took place on the other side of the world nearly 65 years ago. But you have a chance to help students learn more about the Korean War by attending a “Korea 65” fundraiser hosted by Legacy Washington this Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Legacy Washington – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit – is…

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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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Check out 1950 Washington highway map

Check out 1950 Washington highway map

Most Washingtonians probably can’t even remember life before Interstate 5, I-90 and I-405 were built in our state. But a 1950 state highway map found on our Legacy Washington webpage shows the routes drivers traveled before the arrival of our interstate freeways. You can make some interesting observations by closely examining the map, which was published by the Washington State Highway Commission: The main north-south highway in Western Washington was U.S. 99, which connected Bellingham, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and…

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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.