Photo Challenge
We got the response we hoped for last month
Click photo to enlarge.
Dozens of readers recognized this Northwest landmark. Go up Mount Rainier, and you would find the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center; or at least you would have from 1966 to 2008. The building was replaced, but the new structure is also named after the late U.S. Senator.

Thanks to all who shared stories of Mount Rainier with our staff!
January Photo Challenge  
by Benjamin Helle, Archives Outreach

Click photo to enlarge.
If you recognize this location, maybe you remember what kind of car you (or your parents) were driving the first time you traveled through this tunnel/bridge, designed to protect drivers from avalanches. Let me know if you can guess this one! Bonus points for remembering the car.

Cracking the Archives
Get inside the Archives and take in a wealth of knowledge from professional researchers. Register now! Seating is limited. Registration includes both workshops and a tour of the Olympia Archives Building. Registration is free, but you may submit a small donation here.

Event date & location: 
Saturday, February 18, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Washington State Archives:  1129 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA, 98501
Workshop 1: The Basics of Historical Research
Emily Venemon - Archives Expert
A practical overview for students, teachers, local heritage volunteers and family researchers.
The Basics of Historical Research is for anyone interested in exploring the past! You will get practical advice and learn the steps to gather info you need to investigate and interpret any historical topic.

Workshop 2: Family: Records & Sources
Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn - Genealogy Specialist
A practical overview for genealogists, historians and other family researchers. 
We will talk about the importance of using more than just birth, marriage and death records to tell a story.  We'll cover the importance of the FAN principle, researching the whole family and not just your straight/direct line.  Context is everything, letting the records tell a story of the person or family you are researching.

Register now! Seating is limited.  Parking is free.

Property of the Month:  Capitol Hill Cold Case
by Midori Okazaki, Puget Sound Branch Archivist
On the night of October 6, 1935, the body of 7-year-old Sally Jean Kelley was found in an unused garage in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. She was last seen by a janitor of the nearby Ben Lomond apartments, where she was visiting her grandmother, but failed to respond to calls to dinner. She had been seen earlier in the evening at the Garfield Drug Store a block away. Police detained a 65-year-old Russian monk for 10 days, during which he was questioned by King County Prosecutor Warren Magnuson, but ultimately he was released. The case remains unsolved.

Volunteers in Action
Thank you Rose! You are the first Volunteer of the Month of 2017!
All-time, Rose has indexed OVER 200,000 records on Scribe. 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
Mike Saunders, Puget Sound Regional Archivist.
No, not the former Seattle Mariners outfielder, the Puget Sound Regional Archivist. Mike has been in the archival profession since coming out of grad school, so when he starts offering up advice on research, listen up.

Read his whole interview to get insight on the Archives, and find out which questions Mike would ask if he could go back and interview civil rights activist Edwin Pratt.
Help Us Write History

Spread the Word

Out of the Archives banner photo: The Seattle chapter of the Black Panthers standing on the steps of the Capitol Building, Olympia, 1969.