Photo Challenge
Many recognized, few knew what to call it
Most of the guesses were correct... sort of. This is indeed I-90 on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass, at Lake Keechelus, but we were looking for the word, "Snowshed!" This one was just demolished in 2014. Its sister tunnel on the west side of the pass was brought down back in 2000. Learn more about the Snowsheds' retirement here.

Thanks to all of our readers who remembered their childhood cars and trips across the state. We always love when the Photo Challenge brings back good memories!

Presidents '  Day Challenge
by Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach

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You should immediately recognize one of the fellas pictured here. The other two might make you think for a minute. Name all three men featured in the photo, taken in Seattle. 

Bonus points if you can tell the street on which they are parading. None of the signage has been 'shopped out, so the hints are there. Email me with your guesses.

Were any of you at this parade?

Cracking the Archives
Original State Flag Visits the Archives
by Ben Helle, Olympia Branch Archivist

Original flag of Washington.
Cracks were evident on the hand-painted seal where the flag had once been folded. Through the overpaint one can see corrections were made to the lettering from an earlier design. Its verdant green silk had long turned a shade of purple. Such was the condition of our original state flag.

Staff of the Department of Enterprise Services, after determining continued exposure to natural light would cause further damage to the fabric, began the process of removing the flag from its enclosure and prepared for transport to fabric conservators charged with reproducing the flag. 

Before that was done, staff at the Washington State Archives scanned the original to capture the historic artifact. This digital image, and photographs documenting its move and evaluation, are now held by the State Archives.

See how staff removed the painting from the Reception Room, captured it on the Archives' large format scanner, and how the conservators evaluated the historic fabric in our Flickr album: Original State Flag Visits the Archives .

Original state flag on the Cruse scanner, ready for imaging.
A Movie Studio in Tacoma
by Emily Venemon, Olympia Branch Research Assistant

Did you know Tacoma had its own movie studio back in the 1920s? Hollywood producer Harvey Cook Weaver incorporated H.C. Weaver Productions in 1924, hoping an independent movie studio would flourish in a new environment outside Los Angeles. Weaver had been a producer for around seven years at that point, working on popular pictures like... read more
Land Records Uncover Old Family Cemetery
by Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn, Olympia Branch Researcher

Thomas Griffith was an early settler in Mason County. he was born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada at a young age, and sometime before 1864, settled in Union City, Mason County, Washington Territory. As was true for many immigrants, Thomas dreamed of marriage, children and acquiring land. Thomas married Kate, a native woman of Haida descent, whom he met on Queen Charlotte Island, British Columbia. The family moved to Clifton, Washington (now Belfair), where... read more
Employee Spotlight
Allie Honican, Digital Archives Archivist.

This month's Employee Spotlight takes a look at Archivist, Allie Honican from the Digital Archives in Cheney. 

In her interview, Allie gives her fresh take on the Archives and their accessibility, and shows off her love for dogs. She also previews an article she's been working on, for what feels like years, about an unsolved murder in 19th century Spokane.

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Banner photo: Harry Truman visits Washington, September 26, 1958.