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Archives Month is here!

Archives Month is here!

If you’re into horse thievery, prison mug shots, bootlegging and finding out more about Washington’s rich and interesting history, this month is for you. For the sixth straight year, the State Archives is celebrating Archives Month throughout October in Washington. This year’s official theme is, “LAW & ORDER IN THE ARCHIVES: Crooks, Cops and Courts.” There’s a cool new Archives Month poster that ties in with this year’s theme. The posters are available for pickup, thanks to a grant from…

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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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‘Not in our House’ for new State Song?

‘Not in our House’ for new State Song?

Dozens of initiatives are filed in Washington every year, ranging from the ultra-serious to the funny and frivolous conversation-starters. Kristopher Brannon of Tacoma, the “Sonics Guy,”  has just filed little plan to change the official Washington State Song from “Washington My Home” to “Not in Our House” by Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Seattle-based artist. His initiative says this use of the Sonics fight song would “honor the proud tradition of over 40 years of professional basketball in this state,” a reference…

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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:

Didyaknow…?

Didyaknow…?

… Washington-themed note cards are being sold for bargain prices through the Secretary of State’s Office!?  The Archives Division recently slashed prices for three separate packages of note cards: Early Statehood note cards are scanned images of Washington trademark designs from 1892 and 1895; this pack includes eight cards and envelopes for $3. The Salmon Run note cards feature salmon trademark designs from1982 and 1897; eight cards and envelopes are being sold for $4. And, the Asahel Curtis note cards display beautiful scenes of Washington landscapes taken in 1925….

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UPDATE: We’re a perfect 10

UPDATE: We’re a perfect 10

Washington apparently is in line for a new 10th congressional district, according to analysts at Election Data Services. The analysis, reflecting fresh population estimates from the Census Bureau on Wednesday, says if the numbers hold up in the 2010 Census, as expected, Washington will take the 435th of 435 House seats as a net gain. The report says six other states, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah, also would pick up a seat and Texas would gain three. …

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Lucky 13? WA population keeps on growing

Lucky 13? WA population keeps on growing

New Census projections show that we’re on the move in Washington — people moving in from other states and folks having babies.  In the past decade, we’ve grown by 13 percent and are now the 13th largest state!  And it could be Lucky 13 if we wind up gaining a new congressional seat. We’ve grown by nearly 100,000 during the last year and — drum roll please — our new statewide population number is nearly 6.7 million. It’s 6,664,195, up…

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