From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • This month’s second State Library Jewel focuses on the library’s collection of Washington Territory Volunteer papers from 1854 to 1861. The papers include correspondence by the territorial governor, adjutant general, assistant adjutant general Second Regiment general, and Quartermaster and Commissionary Department, as well as other documents. The papers cover the Indian War and Civil War […]
  • (Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) Valentine’s Day has passed, but for those of you who like romance all year long, the first State Library Jewel for February is right up your alley. It’s a hand-pressed book of romantic and Valentine’s Day-themed poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser. The book is called “Out of […]
  • Secretary Wyman has fun with some of the new Capsule Keepers in front of the Centennial Time Capsule in the Capitol. (Photos courtesy of Benjamin Helle) Washington‘s Centennial Time Capsule was sealed for the next 25 years during a ceremony at the State Capitol Sunday afternoon. Letters and artifacts collected over the last year were […]
  • One of the 1969 photos of the Black Panthers protest on the Capitol steps in Olympia. (Photo courtesy Washington State Archives) Judging by the results of February’s Archives Treasures online poll, classic photos are more popular than ever. This month’s poll featuring three items or collections found in the State Archives revealed that the 1969 […]
  • Local historian Shanna Stevenson talks about the history of suffrage in Washington. Suffragists in Washington Territory were told to leave voting rights to the “chivalry of men,” who would eventually allow for them to vote. Thankfully, many activists and suffragists ignored that advice. Washington state became the 5th state in the United States to permanently […]