Heritage Center


Our Mission

The Washington State Legacy Project captures stories of fascinating newsmakers to educate the public and students through history. Biography and oral history subjects include Lillian Walker, who fought for her civil rights long before Martin Luther King Jr. professed his dream, and Billy Frank Jr., who stood up for treaty fishing rights and emerged a global leader. The book series on prominent officeholders includes U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, Governor Booth Gardner and Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn.

Since 2008, the Legacy Project has documented life stories of influential people, distributed them to libraries statewide and made them accessible online for free. Subjects include statewide officeholders, congressional leaders, judges and remarkable citizens. Many, in the face of controversy and the most challenging circumstances, refused to give up and inspired change.