Photo Challenge
Your mothers should be proud
Did you guess Mother Cabrinni? 

Well, don't feel bad. So did a lot of others, and it was a good guess. 

This is Mother Joseph Pariseau, founder of hospitals and schools all over Washington, and one of the state's two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in D.C. You can also find a statue of her in the Olympia Capitol Building.
"Summer is upon us" Photo Challenge
by Ben Helle, Olympia Branch Archivist & Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach
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Check out this beautiful sight and tell me if you can identify the location of this aestival scenery.

None of the visible transoms display the name of this location. 

Cracking the Archives
 by Emily Venemon, Olympia Branch Research Assistant

Mrs. Agnes Gorman, 1908.
It sounds like something from a children's novel, but Grandma Gorman's House for the Poor was an official nonprofit organization that operated in Seattle from 1910 until around 1914. Agnes Gorman, or "Grandma Gorman" as she liked to be called, is a rather mysterious figure.

Her death record states she was born around 1834 in Georgia. By the early 1900s, she was an active member in Seattle's charitable community, working with organizations like the Ryther Home (which is still active today as the Ryther Center for Children & Youth). She opened her home to displaced children and single mothers... keep reading
Flying saucers spotted over Mt. Rainier!
by Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach

Kenneth A. Arnold posing with his own rendering of the flying saucers he spotted near Mt. Rainier, 1947.
This month marks the 70th anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's infamous flight over the Cascades on June 24, 1947, during which he claimed to spot nine shiny, very fast unidentified flying objects. The press coined the term "flying saucers" while Arnold maintained they looked more like a crescent moon, as shown in his drawing, in the photo on the right.

Arnold estimated the objects were traveling at least 1,200 miles per hour as they whizzed around Mount Rainier in a tight formation.

Never mind the skeptics, this event triggered intrigue that lasts to this day, and now you can tell your friends the term "flying saucers" originated in Washington. You're most welcome for the  (oxymoron alert!)   valuable trivia if you didn't already know. 

Keep an eye out: This topic is sure to come up again in future newsletters.

Ray Bishop's scrapbook on the history of Sea-Tac Airport (originally Bow Lake Airport) is now online with new, easy-to-use navigation. The scrapbook covers the construction and history of the airport from 1942 onward. The new navigation was developed at the Archives. Check out the entire collection on the Digital Archives website.

A couple sample clippings from 1971 newspapers, about D.B. Cooper, in Ray Bishop's Sea-Tac scrapbook.

Honor the Forgotten War
Legacy Washington's Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered   is a series of online stories and an exhibit at the Washington State Capitol that document the broader impact of the war. The extraordinary experiences of Washingtonians invite visitors to think critically about the different aspects of the conflict and its continuing influence.  Read more

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Out of the Archives banner photo: View from Mt. Spokane, c. 1930.