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Native American Heritage Month challenge results

Who is the man on the left celebrating Christmas with his family?

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This particular photo shows the Celilo version, but this annual ceremony is not exclusive to them. Most tribes along the Columbia River celebrate the First Salmon Feast. The event occurs at the beginning of fishing season; each tribe times its feast as the salmon reach its longhouse.
Pacific Northwest’s connections to Steinbeck’s Cannery Row revealed in new research
Michael Kenneth Hemp, a regular patron of Washington State Archives and author of Cannery Row: The History of John Steinbeck's Old Ocean View Avenue and Its Connections to the Pacific Northwest, is thrilled to announce new historical findings. Hemp's extensive research uncovers the previously unknown Washington-centered history of John Steinbeck and marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts.

Hemp wrote this article to overview the findings, which are detailed in his book:

Historical research is well underway in Washington’s Hood Canal area on the almost completely unknown 1930s presence of Cannery Row’s pioneering ecologist, marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts. Ed, as his friends called him – not “Doc” from Steinbeck’s 1945 novel Cannery Row – drove the almost thousand-mile spring and summer trips from Monterey to his maritime Pacific Northwest headquarters in... keep reading
The Olympia armory, a landmark in the city's Eastside Neighborhood, is getting ready to transition from a military installation to a creative campus owned by the city. As it retires after more than 80 years of military service, the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, the Washington Army National Guard, the city of Olympia, and many other partners have come together to commemorate the life of the monumental building and the lives it has touched.

Do you have stories, photos, or other memories of the Olympia armory? A new storytelling project needs your help to capture the living history of this iconic building. To submit your story and become part of the armory's living history, visit The deadline for submission is March 31, 2022. For questions, contact
"Stump the Archivist" starting in 2022
Beginning January 2022, Washington State Archives will present an almost-monthly Q&A webinar series called "Stump the Archivist."

Bring your questions and a notebook, and chat with Research Archivist Tracy Rebstock! Learn how to use state and local government records in your historical research or family history.
New records are added to our collections all the time. Updates to vital records means more access to birth, death, marriage, and divorce collections. Ask questions so you can dig deeper into your research.

More information and a link to register for the first webinar will be available in the January 2022 edition of our Out of the Archives e-newsletter.
Who said
In fall 2021 the Washington State Heritage Center Trust became the ALL Foundation of Washington. The Washington State Heritage Center Trust was established in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) to fund and support Washington State Library, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL), Legacy Washington, and Washington State Archives programs and collections.
All Washington State Archives branches are open to the public.

Patrons must make an appointment prior to visiting, and wear a face covering during the visit.

Go here for more information, including how to contact each branch to set up an appointment.
"Christmas has a way of bringing out the best in everyone."

Which famous Washingtonian said that? (Hint: it's not the person in the photo.)

Last month's quote was from Chief Spokane Garry.