Photo Challenge
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This one was pretty easy for most, though many readers guessed other game show hosts before landing on Bob Barker, the man holding up the gavel at John Cherberg's desk. 

The longtime host of The Price is Right (1972-2005) and Truth or Consequences (1956-1974) is a native of Darrington, Washington.

Good job, everyone!
Mother's Day Photo Challenge
by Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach
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This woman, whose birth name was Esther (but if you know who this is, you know that's not the name we're looking for), pioneered advanced health care and schooling in the Pacific Northwest.

While this woman may not have literally been a mother, she surely made mothering possible and/or easier for many in Washington.

Cracking the Archives
Governor Jay Inslee got a close-up look at the Archives last month
Click image to visit the original Facebook post and watch the video of Governor Inslee's visit.
On Wednesday, April 19, Governor Jay Inslee paid a visit to the State Archives and got a glimpse into some state history, as well as some Inslee family history.

Watch the video on his original Facebook post.  
by Ben Helle, Olympia Branch Archivist & Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach
Andre the Giant's application for a wrestler's license with the Athletic Commission of Washington, 1978.
We recently cracked open the old Washington Athletic Commission records and found some pretty interesting documents.

In Washington, you must obtain a license to participate in organized fighting activities, and superstars are no exception. 

Click here to check out the applications for such a license, filled out by the likes of Andre the Giant and Muhammad Ali, among others.

KING-5: Ballard's Big Jake receives overdue recognition
by Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn, Olympia Branch Researcher
Seattle Police Sergeant Jakob "Big Jake" Bjarnason, of Ballard, WA, patrolling a neighborhood, c. 1904.
In the early-1900s, Ballard was home to Seattle Police Sergeant Jakob Bjarnason, better known as "Big Jake." At 7-feet-4-inches, he remains the tallest Seattle officer on record.

For nearly a century, Jake's grave has been marked with a temp, featuring the wrong birth date. On May 10, 2017, the 90th anniversary of his death, he will get a permanent marker and an official funeral. KING-5 tells the story of how this came about

The Archives also got to play a role. 

Occasionally we are asked to help Washington-based agencies or private groups to locate lost ancestors... keep reading
Washington State Archives employees rocking their socks, 2017.
The Archives joined in support of Kim Wyman's cancer battle, participating in the Wyman Rocks the Socks campaign. 

Show off your crazy socks in support of your Secretary of State by posting a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram photo with the hashtag #wymanrocksthesocks.

She loves seeing all your silly socks!
Employee Spotlight
Tracy Rebstock, Southwest Regional Archivist, Olympia.
"You don't seem like an archivist," is something Tracy hears often. She has bright colors in her hair. She is outgoing. 

She is indeed, and verifiably, an archivist; she is the Southwest Regional Archivist. Though, after reading the interview, you will see she has also been a lot of other things.

Read the full Spotlight to find out many interesting things about Tracy!
Remembering Volunteer Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis, Archives volunteer at the Puget Sound Regional Branch, 2016.
With a heavy heart, the Archives must say goodbye to a longtime-volunteer, Helen Lewis.

A regular and a favorite at the Puget Sound Regional Branch, 94-year-old Mrs. Lewis passed away unexpectedly on April 14.

In her memory, here is a re-posting of her Employee Spotlight article from February, 2016.

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Out of the Archives banner photo: Memorial Day celebration from Ritzville Library subgroup of A M Kendrick Collection, c. 1950.