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Introducing Primarily Washington, a new education resource

Introducing Primarily Washington, a new education resource

How do you make history exciting and real to today’s always-connected students? You meet them online. For the last few years, the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, and Legacy Washington have been meeting with Washington teachers. We asked for their help in finding a better way to serve our education community, promote education and lifelong learning, and connect Washingtonians to their history. After extensive cooperation with teachers and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, we are proud to…

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State Library Jewel #3: suffrage leader’s scrapbook

State Library Jewel #3: suffrage leader’s scrapbook

Early this week, we began our “State Library Jewels” blog series to show off some of the many interesting items and collections found in the State Library. The first jewel we presented was a  1924 Washington road map, followed by a list of motor vehicle owners in 1912. Our third piece to be showcased is the scrapbook of Clara Watson Elsom, a leading activist in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Inside the scrapbook (pictured here) is Elsom’s own collection of newspaper…

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Library jewel #3: Women’s suffrage documents

Library jewel #3: Women’s suffrage documents

(A 1910 letter sent to Washington suffrage leader Emma Smith DeVoe from the president of the California Equal Suffrage Association, courtesy of Washington State Library) Our third State Library jewel for August is an assortment of documents pertaining to women’s suffrage in Washington State and beyond.  Just in case you were not privy to the state’s recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of Washington women winning the vote, you can still find a marvelous collection of women’s suffrage documents in…

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“State Library jewel” #3: suffrage leader’s scrapbook

“State Library jewel” #3: suffrage leader’s scrapbook

Early this week, we began our “State Library jewels” blog, created in order to give the State Library a chance to brag about some of the most interesting items that reside along its many shelves and beyond. The first jewel we presented was a 1924 road map, followed by a list of motor vehicle owners in 1912. Our third piece to be showcased is the scrapbook of Clara Watson Elsom, a leading activist in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Inside the…

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Countdown to the November 8th Day of Jubilation – The Final Chapter

Countdown to the November 8th Day of Jubilation – The Final Chapter

In 1910, Emma Smith DeVoe and May Arkwright Hutton led campaigns in Washington supporting the women’s suffrage amendment.  The ballot measure to amend Article VI of the Washington Constitution was on the 1910 General Election ballot and was passed by majority of 22,623, a favorable vote of nearly 2 to 1.  Washington State joined the western states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Idaho, that had already enacted women’s suffrage.  Washington was the first state in the 20th century to pass…

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