Free Archives Month Events

It's Archives Month and the theme is Strange Washington! Help us honor the long history of strangeness in this state, by attending one (or all) of these free events:

Tales of Strange Washington
Sat. 10/7, 10 am - 1 pm, Olympia Archives Building

Haunted Tours
Fri. 10/27, 6 - 8 pm, Olympia Archives Building

History Happy Hour
Thu. 11/2, 9 - 9 pm, 3 Magnets Brewing Co., Olympia
Click here to view description (registration not required)

Photo Challenge
His story is well-remembered... His name, not so much
The Greenwood Ark.
"It's the boat some crazy guy in Oly built when the world was supposed to end in the 30s," sums up most of the e-mails I got about this one. Which is fairly correct. 

More accurately, it is "Captain" William Lound Greenwood's ark, built in preparation for a massive 1932 flood that never came.

Attend Tales of Strange Washington at the Olympia Archives Building on October 7, to learn more (it's free).

October Photo Challenge
by Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach
Click photo to enlarge.
Yes, this building is in Washington, not Transylvania... and no, it is not haunted. Well, at least we don't think it's haunted. If anyone has a ghost story about this place, please share!

Otherwise, just tell us which building is in the photos.  Send us your guess!

Cracking the Archives
U.S. #578. Issued 1923. 1¢ Ben Franklin.
by Patrick Williams, Imaging Services Manager

Those of you who are interested in collecting stamps know there are many iterations of stamps throughout history. For archivists, it is not always the content of the record that holds our interest. Some records here in the Archives include the envelopes on which they were delivered through the mail. Some were sent on the back of a wagon, or in the satchel of a Pony Express. Most of us are not old enough to remember that correspondence could take weeks or... keep reading

Historical Events in Your Area
Join us for an event at your nearest Regional Branch of the State Archives.

Sat. 10/7, 9am to 1pm - 3rd Annual Ellensburg Archives and Museums Crawl
Central Regional Branch, Ellensburg
A shuttle explores the fascinating history on display and accessible in Central Washington. Hosted by the Central Regional Branch.

Thu. 10/12, 8:30am to 12:30pm - Pre-conference Tour 
Eastern Regional Branch, Cheney
Partnering with the Washington State Historical Society, attendees of the Pacific Northwest History Conference can take a tour of the Digital Archives.
Sat. 10/14, 10am to 1pm - Basics of Historical Research
Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue
A practical overview for students, teachers, local heritage volunteers and family researchers. Teachers are eligible for three free clock hours through the Cispus Learning Center.

Sat. 10/14, 10am to 2pm - Information Table
Camano Island Genealogy Fair
Archivists from the Northwest Regional Branch will be on-hand at an information table at this free event, answering questions about "Fantastic Ancestors and Where to Find Them."

Sat. 10/28 - History Day Teachers' Workshop
Eastern Regional Branch, Cheney
Attend a workshop for high school and junior high educators. Teachers earn three free clock hours.
Register here

Employee Spotlight
Database Administrator David Holt shows us geeks can also be athletic.
David Holt, the Database Administrator at the Digital Archives in Cheney, gives a little behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to work in information technology within a division completely revolving around information technology. 

He even gives warning when he's about to speak "geek" so you know which questions to skip. Just kidding. Don't skip questions. They are all very interesting. 

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Out of the Archives banner photo: Mrs. Etta Cox, daughter Inez, son William pose by their summer tipi, Wellpinit, Spokane Indian Reservation, c. 1954.