About Us

Legacy Washington is an education campaign for history. Its goal is to further the knowledge of the state’s past and its continuing story. This collaborative venture, spearheaded by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, recognizes the immeasurable value of our state’s history and our promise to preserve it.

Legacy Washington includes Secretary of State Kim Wyman and a core group of staff members who promote Washington heritage, write and develop stories, and fundraise to benefit SOS historical programs. Every employee working in history at SOS contributes to its success. Legacy Washington regularly draws on the extensive knowledge of the state’s librarians, archivists and historians.

Legacy Washington produces authoritative accounts of history. Facts are corroborated and uncovered through the use of SOS holdings and other sources. These sources include: critical government records; oral history; books; unpublished manuscripts; audio, video and online databases, among others.

Legacy Washington stories are unique, compelling and advance the cause of history to generate interest in our heritage. They highlight little known occurrences and activists, surprising facts, as well as celebrated people and events that changed the course of history. Stories appear in multiple formats such as books, e-books, exhibitions, online presentations and in lesson plans.

Staff and Contact Information

Legacy Project

Stories of Our Past and Present

Since 2008, the Legacy Project has published oral histories and biographies online and for free, accessible to readers across the world. The Legacy Project documents the lives of extraordinary people who changed the course of history. Courageous citizens from all walks of life have contributed to our heritage, including Members of Congress, statewide elected officials, justices, and unknown heroes next door. 

Washington State Heritage Center Trust

The Washington State Heritage Center Trust was formed in August 2008 and is a non-profit organization registered with the State of Washington. The Trust received its 501 (c) (3) status from the Federal Government in May 2009, making gifts to the Washington State Library (including the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library), Washington State Archives and Legacy Project tax deductible under regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

The Trust is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees that ensures that all gifts to the Trust are used to support Legacy Washington and its programs as the donor intends.

Board of Trustees members:

  • Alex McGregor, Trust Chair – President, The McGregor Company
  • Gerry Alexander, Trust Vice Chair – Attorney,Bean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell, PLLC
  • Jan Ames – Former director of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
  • Catherine Brazil – Director of Public Affairs, Cowles Company
  • Stuart Halsan – Law Office of Stuart A. Halsan
  • Jerri Honeyford – Board member, MaryHill Museum and The Washington Trust
  • Sally Snyder Paxton – Sally Paxton Designs
  • Jennifer Robertson – City of Bellevue Councilmember
  • Jan Walsh – Retired State Librarian 

Ex Officio Trustees:

  • Kim Wyman – Secretary of State
  • Laura Mott, Trust Secretary – Director of Development
  • Steve Excell – Washington State Archivist
  • Jennifer Kilmer – Director, Washington State History Museum

Emeritus Board Member:

  • Sam Reed – Former Secretary of State