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Chronicling Washington: WSL receives additional funding for newspaper digitization project

Chronicling Washington: WSL receives additional funding for newspaper digitization project

(Image courtesy of the Washington State Library.) We are pleased to announce that the State Library has received an extension of funding from the National Digital Newspaper Program to continue digitizing historical newspapers through 2014.  The NDNP is a collaborative grant program between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.  The Chronicling America project covers all newspapers in the public domain in all U.S. states and territories, approximately from 1836-1922.  Select titles are available through the…

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And they’re off and running!

And they’re off and running!

Washington’s campaign season is officially under way. Filing Week opened with a bang Monday with hundreds of candidates statewide filing for office.  There are 344 state offices open this year, along with potentially thousands of party precinct committee officer slots. Besides the presidential election and a U.S. Senate race, the state has an unusually rich assortment of open offices this year that are sure to attract heavy attention this week, says Secretary of State Sam Reed.  Reed himself is an…

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Slade talks redistricting, 9/11, Senate and more

Slade talks redistricting, 9/11, Senate and more

John C. Hughes and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton sign copies of the book that Hughes recently wrote about the longtime statesman. Former state Attorney General and U.S. Senator Slade Gorton was the featured guest at a forum and book signing Thursday in the Legislative Building’s State Reception Room. More than 50 attendees heard Gorton speak about his enduring and prominent career in state and national politics.  Gorton is the subject of a recent biography entitled “Slade Gorton A Half-Century…

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From Your Corner Of Washington: Dick & Jane’s Spot

From Your Corner Of Washington: Dick & Jane’s Spot

Photo courtesy of Jim Nielend Dick and Jane’s Spot “Art for the heart, from the heart, in the heart of Washington” 101 North Pearl St., Ellensburg, WA 98926 If you’re ever rolling through Ellensburg, check out this vibrant and eye-catching corner, you can’t miss it! Dick and Jane’s Spot is made up of their own homemade artwork but also various other artists that they have compiled together. It’s so intricate! All the different artistic elements that they incorporate can keep…

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March is National Umbrella Month

March is National Umbrella Month

Despite Washington’s notoriously long (okay, endless) rainy season, Washingtonians tend to be ambivalent about the use of umbrellas.  The following is a typical conversation in a Washington workplace… Jill: “Ack, it’s pouring!  It wasn’t pouring two minutes ago when I was packing up for lunch.” Jane: “Give it two minutes, and it’ll stop.” Jill:  “What do you think?  Should I bring my umbrella?” Jane:  “No.” Jill:  “But I don’t want to ruin my suit.” Jane:  “Fine, then take an umbrella.” Jill: …

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Countdown to the November 8th Day of Jubilation – Part 11

Countdown to the November 8th Day of Jubilation – Part 11

Image courtesy of Washington State Archives In 1889, Congress passed the Enabling Act, which “enabled” Washington to draft a state constitution and request admission to the Union.  During the Washington State Constitutional Convention, women petitioned the delegates to include women’s suffrage in the new state constitution.  The issue was presented to the voters as a separate amendment on the ballot.  In the ensuing vote, 16,527 voters voted to include the amendment granting women the right to vote, but 34,613 voted…

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Come party like it’s 1910!

Come party like it’s 1910!

Mark your calendars for November 7 and 8 for two events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the vote to amend the Washington Constitution for women’s right to vote in the state as part of a Day of Jubilation.  The American Association of University Women is sponsoring a Women’s Suffrage Pink Tea at the State Capital Museum in Olympia  on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Visit this website for more details! The Office of the Secretary of State, the WSHS/Women’s…

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Countdown to the November 8th Day of Jubilation – Part 10

Countdown to the November 8th Day of Jubilation – Part 10

1887 and 1888 proved to be dark years for the women’s suffrage movement in Washington.  In the 1887 case of Harland v. Territory, the Territorial Supreme Court overturned the Women’s Suffrage Act of 1886 because it allowed women to serve on juries.  Justice George Turner (photo on left courtesy of Washington State Archives), who firmly believed that women were incapable of voting intelligently on public matters (tsk-tsk!), ruled that the title of the 1886 election law was defective and the…

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Promoting trade between India and Washington State

Promoting trade between India and Washington State

Hemant Sonawala of Mumbai, India, with Secretary Reed Hoping to increase trade and tourism between Washington State and India, good friend of Sam Reed, Hemant Sonawala, met in the Secretary of  State’s Office today with colleagues from the Department of Commerce and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.  Hemant is on a two-week trade mission, promoting India and the vast opportunities for small- to medium-sized Washington businesses to invest in that market. Please follow and like us: