Heritage Center

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Features of the Heritage Center

The Heritage Center Today: Although the building is not yet constructed, the Heritage Center is alive and active through the ongoing programs of the State Archives and State Library, exhibits in the Legislative Building and elsewhere, the publication of oral histories and biographies by the Legacy Project, programs such as author talks with the State Library, family genealogy workshops with the State Archives and State Library, and a vibrant website with many historical resources accessible in one location. Check out the links below for more details.

Archives: Valuable historical documents, including the original Washington State Constitution, maps, photos, and records from Washington's entire history are preserved and made available to researchers at the State Archives.

State Library: The Library offers an extensive collection of books and publications relating to Washington State, including all the pioneer newspapers, the original collection of books brought to the Washington Territory by Territorial Governor, Isaac Stevens, and thousands of resources in the Family Genealogy Research Center. All these are available, many online, to researchers and the general public.

Exhibits: Exhibits will feature stories of the people and events that have made Washington what it is today. From stories of the first peoples in the state, through Territorial times, Statehood and the phenomenal growth of Washington into a multicultural society and a hub for technological, agricultural, and industrial innovation will be told through the lives of the people who made our state great.

Education: Activities for children and youth designed to make Washington's heritage come alive will be focused at the Heritage Center. In addition, programs sponsored by the Library, Archives and historical organizations will be held to appeal to visitors of all ages.

Visitor Services: The Heritage Center will include a small café, a Gift Shop, and an extensive Reading and Research Room where visitors can access the resources of both the Archives and the Library in one location.