Photo Challenge
Few Entries, but All Correct
For November's challenge, we gave you one we knew would require a little research so we asked everyone to let us know how much Googling it took to arrive at the answer. On average, it took only a few minutes for our entrants to figure out Miller Freeman is the man in the photo. Maybe a few participants were thrown off by the hint referring to him as a "state congressman." More accurately, he was a state legislator. He was the grandfather of development magnate Kemper Freeman Jr., who remains heavily involved in the community to this day, particularly in Bellevue.
The December Challenge
by Benjamin Helle, Olympia Branch Archivist
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We are hoping to inspire many fond memories with this one.

Don't be shy, folks! If you know where this photo was taken, let us know, and maybe share a brief story about your time there.  

Cracking the Archives
by Celia Fulton Walden and Michael "Tug" Buse, extremely dedicated researchers
Tug and his wife, Celia, are a couple of the most enthusiastic researchers to ever grace the Olympia Archives. 

This must-read article is their marvelous essay on the discovery of the treasure hidden in the seal of Washington Territory. 

For all of you die-hard history buffs and researchers, here is your first Christmas or Hanukkah present:  read the full article here.

by Lee Pierce, Eastern Region Archivist
How can the Washington State Archives help a tiny municipality in the middle of wheat country? By reducing the burden of fulfilling public records requests for City Council records, and by preserving foundational records of governance in a secure, environmentally-controlled facility. 

In April, 2014, the City Clerk's Office in the town of Palouse, a city with a population of about 1,000 citizens, transferred 14 volumes of Minutes, four volumes of Ordinances and one binder of Resolutions to the State Archives facility in Cheney. Another, previously missing, volume of Minutes was subsequently located in Kansas and returned...  keep reading

by Larry Cebula, Assistant Digital Archivist, Digital Archives, Cheney
The movie's historical accuracy is amazing due the lack thereof. 

Pillars of the Sky is a 1956 B-movie western, based on a 1953 novel, To Follow a Flag, by Henry Wilson Allen. Though ostensibly set in 1868 (apparently so the characters can reminisce about how they fought together in the Civil War), it is loosely based on the Yakima War (1855) and... keep reading
Volunteers in Action
Thank you Stephen Baylor! You are December's Volunteer of the Month!
So far, in 2016, Mr. Baylor has indexed over 65,000 records. Unbelievable! Keep up the amazing work! We appreciate every single second of precious time dedicated to volunteering. The amazing corps of volunteers we're fortunate enough to have is truly making a difference. They are making it possible for the public to easily access the wealth of information within the Archives.

If you would like to join our volunteer program and help us write history,  become a Scribe today!

Employee Spotlight
This month's Employee Spotlight takes a look at Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn. You have probably read one of her articles as she is a frequent contributor to the Out of the Archives newsletter. 

Jewell loves genealogy, the Mariners, Seahawks and her cats.  She gives some more tips on how to efficiently utilize historic records, and talks about genealogy and onions. Click here for the full interview
Happy Holidays!
M erry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year  
Decorative display for Coast Artillery 248th soldiers' Christmas Mass, including miniature snow cover town and Christmas trees, 1944.
From everyone here at the Washington State Archives, happy holidays!

"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it white." 
- Bing Crosby
Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary
A salute to Washington's Pearl Harbor soldiers
Eleven members of a Pearl Harbor veterans group join Governor Rosellini in his office,
November 18, 1963.
As the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor approached, CBS aired a segment on the survivors of that fateful Oahu morning. The segment talked about the USS Arizona, which accounted for nearly half the fatalities in the attack. Of the 1,177 men on board the Arizona, 23 sets of brothers went down with her. Two of those sets were from Washington. George Edward and Jimmie Bromley came from Pierce County; and Charles and Joseph "Joe" Starkovich were born in Kittitas County. At least 50 other young men from Washington were lost on the Arizona that day.

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