Photo Challenge
July Solution 
We received a whole lot of guesses, but only one correct answer. Good job, Jerika Ferguson, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State! The bath house in this photo, taken in 1936, is located at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park.

According to the National Register: "The [Cranberry Lake] CCC constructed bath house that once served patrons has been removed." An  adjacent bath house at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park was converted into the Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Center

Now for August!
by Benjamin Helle, Olympia Branch Archivist

Here is the August challenge, still with no hints, but should be a little easier than last month.  Click on the photo to enlarge, and  tell us  where this photo was taken. Look out for the September newsletter to find the answer.
Cracking the Archives
Accessibility via Technology
Making Huge Documents Available Online!
by Mary Hammer, Digital Projects Archivist

Large format scanning enables the Washington State Archives to provide access to a plethora of oversized records while keeping the originals safe and secure. After the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, staff regularly pulled Capitol Campus building blueprints for architects working on historic building repair. Each time these fragile blueprints were pulled (some dating back to 1893), they made a three floor journey from our dark... 
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This 49-inch photo is a sample of what the large format scanner can do.
Naturalization Records - a history of forms & laws
by Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn, Olympia Branch Researcher
The first United States Naturalization Law was enacted in 1790. Since then the laws for naturalization have frequently undergone changes and appeals (click here for a list of laws ). One important thing to remember when researching naturalizations, is knowing which law was in effect when your ancestor applied for citizenship.  The laws could change during a person's naturalization process.
Following the paper trail of forms can be difficult because people moved during the process. The naturalization files include all or some of the following... Read more
Saluting Washington's Brave - A Veteran's Tale
"Saluting Washington's Brave" is here to inspire you to thank and appreciate the veterans in your life. Every month we will share a tale as told by a family member, friend, or a veteran him or herself. This installment recounts a story of a World War II Army nurse from Yakima, Washington.

Aunt Ruth
Like so many of her generation, my great aunt Ruth Venemon Lewis volunteered to serve in World War II. Ruth was one of the thousands of women who served in the Army Nurse Corps during the war. At the age of 23, she made the decision to leave her position as a hospital pediatrics department nursing supervisor in Yakima and enter Army Nurse Corps basic training. This decision would soon take her farther from home than she had ever been before...  Read more
Who Said That?
contributed by Steve Excell, State Archivist

Which famous Washingtonian delivered this gem?

'' And in a democracy, when we say we're mad at what's going on, what we need to be saying is we're mad at ourselves.''

Hint: this person also said, "A great thing about these trees is that they are excellent for cleaning, both groundwater, and of course, air."

Employee Spotlight
Meet Larry Cebula

This month's Employee Spotlight is on Assistant Digital Archivist, Larry Cebula, from the Digital Archives in Cheney. He is also a Professor of History at Eastern Washington University.

In his interview, Larry gives us insight about his life in the Archives. He also tells us about the key to navigating the Digital Archives, his Spokane Historical app, and the hilarious title of his autobiography (if he had one). Read more
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