A Beautiful
Photo Challenge
These beautiful waterfalls are roaring somewhere in Washington.

They probably look like a lot of waterfalls, but these have a distinct look to them.

This picture was taken in 1940 by an unknown photographer. If you recognize this location, let us know, and maybe share some memories!

Last month:
It's Jesse Owens!
Here I thought everyone and their cousin would be lighting up my inbox. Only five correct guesses came in, which is probably a record-low for the Photo Challenge.

Owens used to make stops in Olympia and play basketball in Oly High School's gym.

One reader even met Owens' wife. She wanted the world to know: The story about Hitler refusing to shake Owens' hand is false.

Cracking the Archives
by Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn, Olympia Branch Researcher
In my research at the Archives last month, I discovered a couple of the first African-American families to homestead in Washington Territory.

Lewis G. Caruthers and Civil War veteran William F. Bryan are two of the first men of color to take out homesteads and patent them in the Washington Territory. With support from Centralia founder George Washington paving the way, both men were able to secure homesteads very near George Washington... keep reading
Remembering the Spellmans
U pcoming
A joint memorial was held Monday, February 12 to remember former Governor John Spellman and his wife Lois, who were married 63 years and passed away only nine days apart.

Archives staff assisted in providing material for the services, held at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

John Spellman was elected King County's first executive in 1969, and served as governor from 1981 to 1985.
The Archives will have a couple of events coming up in May. We will host a workshop at the Olympia Archives Building with a theme of maps, land and transportation on Saturday, May 5. See next month's newsletter to register.

History Happy Hour will be held in partnership with The Schmidt House, Washington State Historical Society and 3 Magnets Brewery. See next month's newsletter for the date.
In honor of Women's History Month, Archives Imaging Services Manager Patrick Williams, highlights the Register of Voters from the City of Tacoma from the mid-1800s.

The register shows women all over Puget Sound were active voters during the brief time in the 1800s when women were allowed to vote.

Puget Sound Regional Branch celebrates 20th anniversary
Please join the staff of the Washington State Archives Puget Sound Branch as we celebrate 20 years on the campus of Bellevue College!

We will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. Be sure to see our specific driving and parking directions! The building can be difficult to find.
Out of the Archives, March 2018 banner photo: Edgar and Arthur Gilson, from Adams County, celebrate their Irish heritage, Gilson Family Scrapbook, 1978.