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Remembering Polly Dyer: New exhibit profiles a Cascades champion

Remembering Polly Dyer: New exhibit profiles a Cascades champion

The ‘American Alps’ were in peril. One of the world’s largest mining companies had designs on excavating within the jagged wilderness known as the North Cascades. A band of conservationists, including the cheerfully tenacious Polly Dyer, had other ideas. Dyer’s living room became a sort of academy for envelope-stuffing, stamp-licking activists who advanced a budding movement of middle-class professionals with the leisure time to defend the natural world. With crucial help from U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson, they won protection…

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2016 Archives Month celebrates Washington parks

2016 Archives Month celebrates Washington parks

  2016 Archives Month poster. (Image courtesy of Washington State Archives) When it comes to parks, Washington is pretty blessed. Just consider our national parks. Our oldest, Mount Rainier, includes its namesake peak that majestically stands nearly three miles above sea level and draws visitors not only from our state but around the nation and world. Then there is Olympic National Park, which is highlighted by the breathtaking view from Hurricane Ridge, the incredible rain forests on the park’s west…

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Celebrating National Parks centennial

Celebrating National Parks centennial

Climbers going up Mount Rainier’s Muir Snowfield. (Photo courtesy Brian Zylstra) If you go to one of Washington’s three national parks tomorrow through Sunday, you’re in for a treat – the National Parks Service is offering free admission in honor of the Park Service’s centennial Thursday! If you’re looking for things to do at Mount Rainier, North Cascades or Olympic National Park to celebrate the big anniversary, check out this story by News Tribune outdoor writer Craig Hill. Hurricane Ridge,…

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Olympic National Park – National Park Service – Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Olympic National Park – National Park Service – Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Washington is home to three National Parks (aren’t we lucky?)  Each park has its own unique features and opportunities for exploration and discovery.  As the state library we have a mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible to Washingtonians materials on the government, history, culture, and natural resources of the state.  As the national parks are one of our state unique treasures we have a variety of items in our collection that focus on Olympic, Rainier and the North Cascades…

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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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A snapshot of Clallam County

A snapshot of Clallam County

Clallam County flag (Images courtesy of Washington State Archives) The northern part of the Olympic Peninsula is a place where the spectacular Olympic Mountains meet the Strait of Juan de Fuca. For mountaineers trekking up the slopes of the Olympics, a bird’s eye view of Clallam County greets them at the summit. Past the borders of Clallam they may get a glimpse of Canada on a clear day, and to the south they can see the full expanse of the…

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From Your Corner of Washington

From Your Corner of Washington

-Royal Basin, Olympic National Park. Sent in by Woody and Lori who tell us the Olympic Marmots were their constant companions at the campground above Royal Lake. Submit us your photo from your corner of Washington, and add our Facebook application. Please follow and like us: