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Washington Rural Heritage Grants help rural communities

Washington Rural Heritage Grants help rural communities

Across Washington state, public libraries have led the way in preserving unique local history collections with help from the Washington State Library’s Washington Rural Heritage program. Currently in its 12th year, this program provides small cultural heritage institutions with grants, training, and a digital platform to bring largely hidden community collections online and make them accessible to all. To date, more than 150 institutions — primarily libraries and museums — have contributed to the collection. According to Evan Robb, Digital…

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Check out new Washington Rural Heritage collections

Check out new Washington Rural Heritage collections

Another grant cycle for the Washington Rural Heritage project is wrapping up! The folks at the Washington State Library are working with participants from all over the state to put finishing touches on new and existing digital collections. In the past year, nearly 2,000 items have been added to Washington Rural Heritage, a digital collection hosted by the State Library. Five new collections were created, 10 libraries became project partners, and nearly 20 partnerships were formed between libraries and local…

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Wyman names Cindy Aden as new WA State Librarian

Wyman names Cindy Aden as new WA State Librarian

Secretary of State Kim Wyman has named Cindy Altick Aden as director of the Washington State Library. Aden will take the helm next month of one of the state’s oldest cultural institutions, dating back more than 160 years when it was created by the state’s first territorial governor, Isaac Stevens. Aden has an extensive background in public libraries and the private sector, including stints at Amazon, Corbis, and community newspapers. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University…

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New additions to Washington Rural Heritage!

New additions to Washington Rural Heritage!

A family packs peaches near Clarkston around 1910. The photo is part of Asotin County Heritage’s recently digitized collection of Asahel Curtis photos of the area. (Photo courtesy of Asotin County Heritage) Since its creation in 2007, the State Library’s Washington Rural Heritage program has worked with libraries, museums or historical groups in rural parts of the state to help them digitize their historic and culturally significant documents and photo collections so everyone can see and enjoy them. As the…

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New collection showcases life on Whatcom County family farm

New collection showcases life on Whatcom County family farm

The almost-completed Nesset family barn in 1919. (Photo courtesy Washington Rural Heritage) Thanks in part to a grant from the Washington Rural Heritage program, a great new collection of digitized photos shows viewers what life was like a century ago on a family farm in Whatcom County. A blog post on our Washington State Library’s webpage tells more: The Nesset Family Farm Collection tells the story of a Norwegian immigrant homesteaders who settled on the South Fork Nooksack River in…

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2015 WA Rural Heritage grants go to 6 libraries

2015 WA Rural Heritage grants go to 6 libraries

–Summertime skiing at Mount Baker, 1938. From the Archives’ Mount Baker Foothills Collections at the Rural Heritage Program.   Six libraries across Washington soon will be able to begin digitizing their historic collections for the public to see and enjoy after receiving grants through the Washington Rural Heritage program. The six grant recipients are: Asotin County Library in partnership with Asotin County Museum ($5,000). Ellensburg Public Library ($2,141). Kettle Falls Public Library, Libraries of Stevens County ($4,259). La Conner Regional…

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From WA Rural Heritage: Celebrating 1889 inauguration

From WA Rural Heritage: Celebrating 1889 inauguration

(Photo courtesy North Olympic Heritage/Washington Rural Heritage) Since Washington’s 125th birthday celebration has come and gone, you’d think we’d be done with looking back at the year we reached statehood. Think again. This photo offers a side view of the inauguration of our  first governor of the new state, Elisha P. Ferry, in Olympia on Nov. 18, 1889, exactly 125 years ago Tuesday. More than 3,000 Washingtonians celebrated their new statehood that day, marching in parades and watching the new…

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Historic issues of Seattle P-I now available on Chronicling America

Historic issues of Seattle P-I now available on Chronicling America

Before its print demise in 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was one of the state’s oldest, most-read and influential newspapers. Fans of the legendary newspaper, as well as history buffs and genealogists, will be excited to know that the P-I is among the latest titles the Library of Congress is loading to Chronicling America. Originally established as the Seattle Gazette in 1863, the P-I  is perhaps Seattle’s oldest continually operating business. Early issues of the Daily Intelligencer (1876-1881) and the Seattle…

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