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Honoring National Guard Day

Honoring National Guard Day

(Photos courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) In honor of Friday being National Guard Day, here are two classic photos from our State Digital Archives featuring the Washington National Guard. The photo above is from 1911 and shows officers of the National Guard of Washington at Camp Fortson. The bottom shot, taken in 1906, features five Guard members with Company D, 2nd Infantry. The photos are from the State Digital Archives’ Military Department Photograph Collection, 1890-1975. The collection includes 500…

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From Digital Archives: Vintage pass views & autos

From Digital Archives: Vintage pass views & autos

(Photos courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives.) Anyone who drives across the Washington Cascades gets to enjoy million-dollar views and recreational opportunities of mountain pass highways that are the envy of the nation. The passes also play a crucial role in Washington’s transportation system, connecting the western and eastern sectors of the state and providing speedy farm-to-market roadways. Our Digital Archives has cool classic photos that will get you in the mood for a roadtrip down memory lane! The top…

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Remembering Mount St. Helens & May 18 eruption

Remembering Mount St. Helens & May 18 eruption

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Library.) For many Washingtonians, the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, is one of those moments forever ingrained in collective memory. Saturday is the 33rd anniversary of the iconic mountain blowing her top. We  feature photos from our State Archives and State Library showing how the mighty mountain and nearby Spirit Lake were popular recreational spots in the years before the devastating eruption. The last photo shows the mountain sending ash thousands…

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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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Secretary Reed tapped for open-government honor

Secretary Reed tapped for open-government honor

Secretary of State Sam Reed, who has made government transparency and access to public records a signature issue during his three terms, has been ann0unced as the 2011 winner of the James Madison Award of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. The award honors Reed’s “appreciation for, and dedication to, the cause of open government since taking office,” including advocacy of accessible and accountable government, preserving and displaying public records, battling successfully in the Supreme Court to defend the public’s…

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March is National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month

Photograph courtesy of the Washington State Digital Archives How do the beauty and frontiering spirit of Washington inspire the creative genius in us?  Whether you are a maker or appreciator of crafts, springtime in Washington is a special time for artistic types.  As you may have witnessed, the emergence of spring sparks the openings of Washington’s festivals, markets, craft shows, and art fairs.  Though March is nearly over, it is never too late to try out a new craft or…

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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:

Celebrate the 4th with a bang!

Celebrate the 4th with a bang!

Photograph courtesy of the Washington State Digital Archives This photo taken around in 1890 is of a parade in Grays Harbor celebrating the 4th of July.  It’s a little difficult to decipher the sign the women are holding, but a closer look reveals that it reads, “Our Infant State Washington.” Please follow and like us:

Booze & ballots: A popular initiative topic

Booze & ballots: A popular initiative topic

The very first initiative ever passed by Washington voters, back in 1914 when the state was just a pup, was Prohibition.   And ever since, liquor and its sales and regulation has been a regular topic for initiatives, including two dueling liquor privatization measures now circulating for signatures (I-1100 and I-1105). Photograph courtesy of the Washington State Digital Archives An Elections Division compilation covering most of statehood showed 58 booze-related initiatives. Measures dealing with DUIs and alcohol servers also were filed…

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Didyaknow…?

Didyaknow…?

… that the Washington State Digital Archives is a treasure trove of historical pictures?  Thousands of scanned photos are available for anyone to download, free of charge.  Just last week as I was thumbing through the collection, I came across this slightly unique photo below: In the photo, Governor Rosellini is presenting a giant pickle to a gal representing National Pickle Week.  National Pickle Week still exists and begins tomorrow, May 15, and ends the 25th.  It first began in…

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