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From Digital Archives: photos of 1889 Seattle Fire

From Digital Archives: photos of 1889 Seattle Fire

When you ask the historical significance of June 6, most people think of the anniversary of D-Day. But June 6 also marks a horrific event in Seattle history. On that date in 1889, a fire destroyed much of Seattle, which was then a timber town and many years from becoming a world-famous city. Our Legacy Washington program’s exhibit on the year when Washington reached statehood, “Washington 1889: Blazes, Rails and Year of Statehood,” includes a section on the 1889 Great…

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Latest WWII profile on our own`Rosie the Riveter’

Latest WWII profile on our own`Rosie the Riveter’

The latest World War II profile by our Legacy Washington team focuses on a 92-year-old Olympia resident who is one of the last of about 15,000 women who worked in Boeing’s Seattle factories during the war. Regina Sawina Tollfeldt worked eight hours a day, seven days a week during the peak of the war, wriggling through the wing jigs for the B-17s leaving Plant No. 2 at a rate of a dozen a day. Tollfeldt’s job was to drill the…

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New exhibit showcases Washington’s mark on the world

New exhibit showcases Washington’s mark on the world

Members of Nirvana, from left: Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl. (Photo by Anton Corbijn) A free, privately funded exhibit opening next week in the State Capitol does more than just celebrate the many triumphs in business, science, technology and music that put Washington on the global map. “Grand Coulee to Grunge” is a good reminder that, as a state, we’ve been making it big for more than a century, and continue to do so. The image-based exhibit will…

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Tacoma World Trade Center honors Reed

Tacoma World Trade Center honors Reed

(Secretary of State Reed stands with former Secretary of State Munro (left) and WTC Tacoma President/CEO Anthony Hemstad after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.) The World Trade Center Tacoma has honored Secretary of State Sam Reed for his long years of work on behalf of international trade and tourism to benefit the nation’s most trade-dependent state. The center, a fast-growing member of the international network of trade centers, gave Reed its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.   The 19th Annual Globe…

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