From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • (Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) These days, a picture like this is more likely to come from the Olympic Rainforest than central Spokane. But in 1910, these elk were bathing in the middle of what is now Manito Park. Manito Park is an important part of Spokane history because it encouraged settlement in a […]
  • (Map courtesy of Washington State Library) We recently finished showcasing three special items housed in our State Archives. Now, it’s the State Library’s turn. Starting this week, we’ll do a monthly feature on three of the many rare, unique or interesting items, maps and collections found in the State Library. After we show them off, […]
  • The Kalakala during its glory days. (Photo courtesy Washington State Digital Archives)  Fans of the historic Kalakala are sad over the news that the sleek silver ferry boat has been taken this week to the Tacoma dry dock where it will be scrapped. The Kalakala was a Seattle icon before the Space Needle was built. […]
  • January’s Archives Treasures online poll showed that older can be more popular. Of the three candidates this month, the 1853 Washington territorial seal received 40 percent of the votes, knocking off the boxing legends’ applications (33 percent) and Legislative Building construction photos (27 percent). Next week we’ll begin a segment on interesting and cool items […]
  • Talia Anderson of Port Angeles was the winner of the 2014 Kids’ Art Contest, which celebrated Washington’s 125th birthday. (Image courtesy of Elections Division)  Our office is inviting Washington’s fourth- and fifth-graders to enter the 2015 Kids’ Art Contest! This year’s theme is “Every Vote is Equal!” to honor of the 50th anniversary of the […]