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Preserving eastern Washington’s rural heritage

Preserving eastern Washington’s rural heritage

Several public libraries in eastern Washington have been hard at work this year preserving local history with assistance from the State Library’s Washington Rural Heritage program. Whitman County Library, based in Colfax, continues its countywide campaign to digitize the unique historical materials held by small museums and historical societies, local families, clubs, and other community organizations. In its tenth year, the Library’s program now features material from more than a dozen organizations and over 130 family photo collections. The Whitman…

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Announcing the winners of our 3rd Annual Zine contest!

Announcing the winners of our 3rd Annual Zine contest!

How many of us remember sitting through dry history classes in school?  And yet history done right is a fascinating and important subject.  Here at the Washington State Library we take history seriously.  One of our strategic goals is to “Preserve and share Washington’s stories.” We have several paths to achieving this goal. There are our historic digital newspapers, the digitized “Classics in Washington History” collection, our collection of Historic maps, and the  Washington Rural Heritage Collection.  But making the resources…

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State Library’s annual report showcases successes

State Library’s annual report showcases successes

Every year, the Washington State Library (WSL) reports on its use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). On December 21, 2017, the LSTA State Programs Report for use of the 2016 LSTA award was submitted to IMLS for their review, comment, and approval. The year’s report is 126 pages in length. Reporting is a team effort by all those who manage and support projects which use LSTA funding….

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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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New collection highlights Sno-Isle’s early days

New collection highlights Sno-Isle’s early days

Tree fallers on Whidbey Island in 1887. (Photo courtesy of Sno-Isle Libraries) A grant from the Washington Rural Heritage program has helped provide a spark resulting in a new collection of digitized photos, just unveiled by Sno-Isle Libraries, that captures the early days of Snohomish and Island counties. Called the Digitize Our Community History Project, the library system has more than 500 images available online here. The collection focuses on the Snohomish County communities of Darrington, Edmonds and Snohomish, and…

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Happy 125th birthday to Roslyn

Happy 125th birthday to Roslyn

1930 Labor Day Parade in Roslyn. (Photo courtesy Roslyn Heritage collection) It’s a small town in Kittitas County, tucked into the foothills of the Cascades a few miles northwest of Cle Elum. Years ago, it was celebrated as the setting for Cicely, Alaska, the fictional town in the 1990s TV series “Northern Exposure.” But now, Roslyn can celebrate its 125th birthday, if you go with its “first birthday,” that is. Roslyn originally was incorporated on Feb. 4, 1889, nine months…

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New collection captures Ocean Shores’ early years

New collection captures Ocean Shores’ early years

Contestants in the 1968 Miss Washington-Universe Pageant, held at Ocean Shores. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Shores Heritage) The latest digital collection of the Washington Rural Heritage program looks back at how Ocean Shores became one of Washington’s best-known beach resort communities in the 1960s. The Ocean Shores Heritage Collection includes material from the local history archives of the Ocean Shores Public Library, digitized earlier this year.  The collection includes photos from Ocean Shores’ local newspaper, The Ocean Observer; a series…

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Washington Rural Heritage collections keep growing

Washington Rural Heritage collections keep growing

This 1915 photo shows Carl Monson (left) and his brother Arthur pretending to box on First Street in Langley. Their brother, Ernest, died from an accidental gunshot wound in 1910. Their father, Leander Monson committed suicide in 1908. Their mother, Emma, served on Langley’s all-woman town administration in 1920, along with her daughter, Esther, who served as Town Clerk. (Photos courtesy of Washington Rural Heritage.) The State Library offers many online collections and resources that bring Washington’s rich history to…

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