Learn with OSOS
Message from Secretary Wyman:
Washington has a rich heritage, and all of our students should have an opportunity to learn about our state’s history and culture.
At the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS), we value and prioritize education and civic engagement, and are thrilled we can provide some of our own educational resources to students, parents, and teachers during this unprecedented period in our world’s history.
From lesson plans, student contest, research resources, and more, OSOS has a variety of materials to keep you engaged as you learn from home.
Legacy Washington offers oral histories about extraordinary Washingtonians past and present, and provides engaging content for students with accompanying lesson plans and contests.
Legacy Washington launched a writing, art, and podcast contest in January for students in grades 6-12. The contest is in conjunction with Legacy Washington’s “Ahead of the Curve” exhibit, and asks students to highlight individuals who are ‘ahead of the curve’ in their communities. Contest requirements and more information can be found in the news release. Submissions are due by May 31.
Washington State Elections provides a guide to teaching elections and conducts a student mock election every year for the general election. These resources are available 24/7, and it’s never a bad time to learn how to become more civically engaged.
Take some time to thank a veteran in your life. Vote in Honor of a Vet has the wonderful stories of veterans submitted by their friends and family members.
Read the stories to get ideas and write a submission of your own. Be sure to include a picture of a veteran in your life.
Students who send in a submission will receive a vote pin in the mail a few weeks after the submission. Remember to wear your pin proudly on Election Day!
Washington State Library provides resources for libraries, students, teachers, and parents all in one place. Check out their resources page.
Visit the Digital Collections for historical maps, photos, and more. You can also see a variety of Washington newspapers dating as far back as 1854 by browsing the Washington Digital Newspapers!
Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives offers a treasure trove of historical information about Washington with more than 200 million records online. See what you can discover in the Archives.
Primarily Washington connects collections from the State Library, State Archives, and Legacy Washington with your classroom. See the primary source content partnered with teacher-developed curriculum at primarilywashington.org.
Check out the newly added Road to Equality: The Road to Women's Suffrage in Washington exhibit.
The recently updated Simply Washington booklet highlights state history, resources, culture and more. Read it online and spark your own Washington state research project.