Submitted by Secretary of State

Our State Archives is celebrating its annual Archives Month in October by making “Strange Washington” this year’s theme. As always, the State Archives has a great-looking free poster to commemorate the month long celebration that goes with the theme.

This year’s poster features classic color and black-and-white photos of strange things and events that have occurred here in Washington. The poster is available in the State Archives headquarters in Olympia, the front desk of our Executive Office at the Capitol and at all regional Archives branches in Bellevue, Bellingham, Cheney and Ellensburg, as well as several local historical societies, universities with archives/library collections, museums and heritage centers. Make sure to get a poster while supplies last!

If you want to download the digital version of the new poster, just go here. The poster includes images from archival institutions across the state, including the Odessa Public Library, Seattle Municipal Archives, University of Washington, Western Washington University, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and the State Archives.

Three events related to Archives Month will be held in Olympia over the coming weeks:

Tales of Strange Washington – Hear speakers talk about some infamous individuals and incidents in our state. Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., State Archives Building, 1129 Washington St. SE, Olympia

Haunted Tours – Archives staff will take visitors on a tour of the Archives’ underground stacks.  There will be four separate tours in 30-minute increments. Friday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. State Archives Building, Olympia

History Happy Hour – Here is a chance to enjoy some fun, historical trivia! There will be prizes, food and drinks. Thursday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., 3 Magnets Brewery, 600 Franklin St., Olympia

Other Archives Month-related events will be held in October at various Washington State Archives branches. Contact the State Archives at 360-586-1492 or archives@sos.wa.gov for more details.

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