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Archives Month is here!

Archives Month is here!

If you’re into horse thievery, prison mug shots, bootlegging and finding out more about Washington’s rich and interesting history, this month is for you. For the sixth straight year, the State Archives is celebrating Archives Month throughout October in Washington. This year’s official theme is, “LAW & ORDER IN THE ARCHIVES: Crooks, Cops and Courts.” There’s a cool new Archives Month poster that ties in with this year’s theme. The posters are available for pickup, thanks to a grant from…

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Hooray for Digital Archives!

Hooray for Digital Archives!

Congratulations to our Digital Archives for making Family Tree Magazine’s “101 Best Websites of 2012.” Secretary of State Sam Reed said it’s a great honor for the Digital Archives team.  The Digital Archives, housed on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, was one of earliest and best digital archives in the country and frequently gets visitors from around the world. The facility opened in 2004. Jerry Handfield, the State Archivist, called the shout-out “a testament to the passion…

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Hard Times in Washington: Hunger March

Hard Times in Washington: Hunger March

Photograph courtesy of the Washington State Archives, Susan Parish Collection and Vibert Jeffers. On January 16, 1933 hundreds of people gathered on the State Capitol steps in Olympia for a “Hunger March” to demand food, shelter, relief and programs to create jobs for the unemployed throughout Washington State. October is Washington Archives Month, and this year’s theme is Washington’s struggles and setbacks over the years and how the people of this state have overcome them. Please follow and like us:

Hard Times in Washington: Old State Capitol Fire

Hard Times in Washington: Old State Capitol Fire

Photograph courtesy of the Washington State Archives In September 1928, fire broke out on the 3rd floor of the old State Capitol Building,  destroying the decorative, 150-foot-tall octagonal clock tower.  Olympia and Tacoma firefighters quickly doused the fire out.  The building itself was soon-after repaired, but the clock tower, deemed unsafe, was never replaced.  October is Washington Archives Month, and this year’s theme is Washington’s struggles and setbacks over the years and how the people of this state have overcome them….

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Hard Times in Washington: Great Seattle Fire

Hard Times in Washington: Great Seattle Fire

Washington might not be as old as most other states, but we’ve had our share of challenging moments, and we’ve shown courage and resilience in getting back on our feet. October is Washington Archives Month, and this year’s theme is Washington’s struggles and setbacks over the years and how the people of this state have overcome them. This photo from the State Archives’ State Library Collection shows a scene from the Great Seattle fire, taken at First Avenue and Madison….

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Didyaknow…?

Didyaknow…?

… Washington-themed note cards are being sold for bargain prices through the Secretary of State’s Office!?  The Archives Division recently slashed prices for three separate packages of note cards: Early Statehood note cards are scanned images of Washington trademark designs from 1892 and 1895; this pack includes eight cards and envelopes for $3. The Salmon Run note cards feature salmon trademark designs from1982 and 1897; eight cards and envelopes are being sold for $4. And, the Asahel Curtis note cards display beautiful scenes of Washington landscapes taken in 1925….

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Unraveling the “Ruddell Riddle”

Unraveling the “Ruddell Riddle”

UPDATE: Sorry! Due to a large number of RSVPs for the event, we are now at capacity and no longer accepting registrations. Please e-mail our development team if you would like to be part of events like these in the future.  If you live in the Olympia area, chances are you’ve driven on Ruddell Road. But do you know the history behind the Ruddell name? On Saturday, January 30, you can find out. Come to the “Ruddell Riddle,” a free event that sheds light…

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Happy Holidays from the Archives

Happy Holidays from the Archives

Hey, if you can’t bend the ear of the Big Man in Red… maybe Governor Evans can get you that bike? Evans is seen here with “Santa” in 1968 in the rotunda. The Archives: Washington’s giant family scrapbook. What memorabilia will you find there? Please follow and like us:

Found it in the Archives

Found it in the Archives

What can you find in the State Archives? You may be surprised… Our Archives team was going through former Governor Albert Rosellini’s papers and spotted this: Sunday is the 46th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas.   Please follow and like us:

Hat’s off to State Archivist

Hat’s off to State Archivist

Washington State Archivist Jerry Handfield is a nationally renowned expert in his field, with more than 20 years of experience in archives, history and records management, including service as State Coordinator for the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). So it was great news – though not surprising – that Handfield recently was appointed to the NHPRC. He will represent the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators on the commission, which meets next on November 20 in…

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