archives month


October is Archives Month and the theme is “Strange Washington”

How perfect is this theme for this state, especially in October? A lot of strange things have come out of Washington. Sasquatch. Flying saucers. A disproportionate share of serial killers. D.B. Cooper. And a ton of other things you might not have heard of. Yet.

We have a few events planned for Archives Month to take a look back at some of the strange history our state has to offer.


Haunted Tours

October 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Olympia Archives Building
1129 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 

Join us for a haunted tour of the underground stacks. But, prepare yourself... you’ll be amazed, and terrified, by what you find down there.

There will be four tours in half-hour increments.

Registration will be limited. A link to register will be posted here October 1.

E-mail Tracy with any questions about this event.

Register for 6:00 Tour

Register for 6:30 Tour

Register for 7:00 Tour

Register for 7:30 Tour


History Happy Hour

November 2, 2017 – 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 Magnets Brewing Company

OK, so this didn’t quite make it into October, but it’s a main cog in our Archives Month tradition, in partner with the Washington State Historical Society.

Come down to 3 Magnets Brewing Co. at 600 Franklin St. in Olympia and enjoy some fun, historical trivia! There will be prizes, great food and even better beer.

E-mail Ben with any questions about this event.


(Free admission does not include food and beverages.)



Tales of Strange Washington

This event took place on October 7, 2017 at the Olympia Archives Building

Some great speakers illustrated the strange history of Washington, with talks about some of the infamous individuals and incidents to spawn in our home state.

The event was aired by TVW. You can watch the presentation here.


Serial Killers - Mary Hammer, Digital Projects Archivist

Big Foot & Strange Images - Benjamin Helle, Branch Archivist

Washington’s Strangest People - Tracy Rebstock, Southwest Regional Archivist

Haunted Places & Roadside Oddities - Al Eufrasio, co-author of Strange Washington

E-mail Jamison with any questions about this event.