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State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

The Washington State Library has launched a fun contest for Washington students and adults that allow them to express themselves about some part of state history. The Historical Zine Contest is in its third year. For those wondering what are Zines (rhymes with beans), they are basically self-published magazines – often via a photocopier – that give the creator’s point of view on a subject. Contest participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington history. The…

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When art and voting meet

When art and voting meet

It won’t be mistaken for the Louvre or The Art Institute of Chicago, but once a year our Elections Division transforms itself into a gallery featuring some special and meaningful artwork. The colored drawings recently on display in the Elections Division conference room were from the 19 finalists in the 2012 Kids’ Art Contest. Each year, our office invites fourth- and fifth-grade students to enter the contest. This year’s winning artwork will be featured in the State Voters’ Pamphlet for…

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Calling young artists: contest time!

Calling young artists: contest time!

Alright finger-painting geniuses and colored-pencil gurus, the Secretary of State’s Office wants your doodles and your masterpieces alike. This year our Elections Division is holding an Art Contest for 4th and 5th graders … and the winning art will appear on the statewide Washington State Voter’s Pamphlet. That’s like a few million people checking out your work! 2010 marks the centennial of woman’s suffrage in our state, so the art should fit the theme “Women’s Votes. Women’s Voices.” Below is a real low-budget example that…

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New civics resource: Simply Washington

New civics resource: Simply Washington

Want to learn more about the beautiful state of Washington? Browse through our new online book, Simply Washington, which explains all aspects of Washington State – from profiles on key players in state government, to the basics of voting, to lessons in law creation. We have also highlighted what makes this state so unique, like its booming tech industry, history of strong women leaders, and much more. Simply Washington is a great civics resource for students and out-of state visitors….

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Study break: From the old school

Study break: From the old school

Happy Friday to all the students across Washington who have their noses back in the books! Need a real quick study break? Here, St. Martin’s students enjoy a break from all those books – back in 1965.  Visible in the background are “Old Main” and the “Grand Staircase.” The stairs being the traditional location for the college’s commencement ceremonies. The Digital Archives is a great student resource, and has thousands of old photos downloadable for free. See what you can find! Please…

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