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Legacy Washington honors those with ties to Korea

Legacy Washington honors those with ties to Korea

As it prepares for the September launch of its new online program and exhibit called “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered,” our Legacy Washington team gathered about 40 people who are either Korean Americans or connected to the Korean War. They included veterans and people displaced by the war. The group met at the Korean War Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia Monday for photographs, followed by an honorees reception in Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office and a…

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From Your Corner: Capitol Campus rhodies

From Your Corner: Capitol Campus rhodies

  (Photo courtesy of Adam Noble) This time of year, you’ll see a wide range of beautiful flowers blooming throughout the Capitol Campus. The rhodies (Washington’s state flower!) in this photo can be found on the north side of the Temple of Justice. Thanks to OSOS employee Adam Noble for submitting this colorful shot. We invite you to e-mail your photos and stories to us as part of an ongoing feature called “From Your Corner of Washington” – we want…

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Fall colors at the Capitol

Fall colors at the Capitol

(Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle) Nothing says it’s autumn like leaves changing colors. That’s definitely the case here at the Capitol, as trees have transformed into brilliant shades of orange and yellow. Gotta love fall! Please follow and like us:

Bloomin’ good time at the Capitol

Bloomin’ good time at the Capitol

Capitol employees and visitors are being treated to an annual highlight — the blooming of the cherry trees and rhododendron bushes next to the Legislative Building. The cherry blossoms made their entrance last week and should be around for a few more days. The rhodies just started blooming a few days ago and should be at their colorful best for at least a couple of weeks. And if that isn’t enough to make you want to visit Olympia, there are…

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But where is the building?

But where is the building?

(Photo courtesy Washington State Archives) We found this old photo in the State Archives that shows construction on the north side of the Legislative Building in September 1923. At this point, only the steps and first floor were visible. The building was completed in 1928. The photo below shows the north side of Washington’s Capitol today. With its tall dome and grand appearance, the Legislative Building is a prominent sight from Capitol Lake and the Olympia waterfront. (Photo courtesy Patrick…

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Bird’s-eye view of Capitol Campus in 1950s

Bird’s-eye view of Capitol Campus in 1950s

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives) The Legislative Building not only is the centerpiece of our Capitol Campus, it is a notable landmark that can be seen from many vantage points throughout Olympia and Budd Inlet. There once was a time when visitors were allowed to walk up to the very top of the Lege Building’s dome, where they could enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the campus and much of Olympia. Unfortunately, the top of the dome has been…

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A Capitol day for rhodies

A Capitol day for rhodies

The middle of spring is usually when the rhododendron bushes on the Capitol Campus start to bloom. As if on cue, the rhodies are showing off their beautiful red, pink and purple colors for all to enjoy. If you want to see Washington’s state flower in all of its glory on campus, you should have at least another week. Please follow and like us:

A bloomin’ good time at Capitol

A bloomin’ good time at Capitol

Rain or shine, the Capitol Campus is a great place to visit this time of the spring, thanks to the colorful outburst of flowers and tree blossoms. On the east side of the Legislative Building, flowers are starting to appear on the rhododendron bushes. Behind this blooming rhody, you’ll notice that the cherry trees are still showing off their blossoms on either side of the appropriately named Cherry Lane. Please follow and like us:

Tivoli Fountain over the years

Tivoli Fountain over the years

(Black-and-white photos courtesy of Washington Digital Archives) One of the highlights of any tour of the Capitol Campus is seeing the Tivoli Fountain. The 50-foot-diameter fountain, located northeast of the Legislative Building, alongside Capitol Boulevard, was built in 1953. It’s a replica of the famous Roman-style fountain located in Tivoli Park in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Olympia fountain is in operation from around April 1 until Oct. 30, when it is turned off and winterized. The black-and-white photos, from the Digital…

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Blossom time at the Capitol

Blossom time at the Capitol

Need an excuse to come to Olympia this week? Just check out the blossoms on the rows of cherry trees on the east side of the Legislative Building. Seeing the cherry trees in bloom during a sunny spring day is a highlight for Capitol workers and visitors alike. Please follow and like us: