In honor of Washington's Quasquicentennial
Celebration (WA 125), this year's
theme is 125 Years of Making
History. Our regional branches are hard at work, promoting all
things Archives, so check out what's happening at a branch near you in the
18th - History Day
Fall Workshop for Teachers, 9:00 a.m. - Noon -- in conjunction with the
WWU Libraries Heritage
Resources, Center for the Pacific Northwest Studies and the Washington State Historical
Society 25th - Archives Building Open House,
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- in conjunction with WWU's Fall Family Open
House 28th - Basics of Personal Digital Archiving
Workshop, 4:00-5:00 p.m. -- in conjunction with the
Common Core Tools for Teachers: The History Day Connection,
9:00 a.m. - Noon, Mt. Spokane High School, Meade -- in conjunction with the Washington State Historical
Society - 3 Clock Hours Provided free of charge!
- Information/Resource Table--Educator Night at the
Museum--LeMay Auto Museum in Tacoma, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 4th
- History Day Fall Teacher's Workshops, 9:00 a.m. - Noon and
1:30-4:30 p.m., University of Washington Libraries, Seattle
18th - Basics of
Historic Research, 9:00 a.m - Noon,
The Basics of Historical Research is for teachers, students, beginning
genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past. You'll get practical
advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information you will need to
investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class
project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History
Day, a classroom based assessment (CBA), Common Core learning standards, or
personal historical interest. This class will cover:
What primary sources are--and aren't
What historical sources are--and how to use them
How to use the library system
How to use archival collections
How to find and use reliable online resources
How to properly cite your sources
How to use information from different sources
Common Core Tools for Teachers: The History Day Connection, 9:00 a.m. -
Noon, Suquamish Museum -- In
conjunction with the Washington State Historical Society - 3 Clock Hours
provided free of
Join us at the State
Archives in Olympia to celebrate Archives Month with a series of brown bag lunch
sessions on Thursdays in October! These sessions will feature records in our
collections that may help you with your genealogical or historical
Contact the Southwest
Regional Archives for more information.
Penitentiary Records--Learn about what types of records may be
found with an inmate number from the Digital Archives 9th -
Brick Wall Session with the State Archivist--are you working on
a genealogy project and have hit a brick wall? Come in and talk to Steve
Excell, our State Archivist, to get some hints and
tips! 16th - Vital Records--Learn about
what vital records are available at the State Archives and how to use them to
find additional records. 23rd - Land and Property
Research--Learn about how to research a property's history with records
from the Archives. 30th - Linda
Hazzard--Come and learn about this self-proclaimed holistic healer and
her subsequent murder charge from the turn of the century. Just in time for
- The Eastern Regional Branch and Digital Archives are planning a
Saturday Open House Event, with tours and presentations on how
to use the Digital Archives, what's new on the DA, and how to access the Eastern
Regional Archives records. Details to follow, but it will likely be held from
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.
The focus will be on the
Expo '74 slides and records in the collection, as it has been 40 years since
that landscape-changing event took place in Spokane!
Central Regional Branch to host Volunteer Recognition
Each year, the Office of the Secretary of State hosts a recognition event
to thank volunteers. This year, on October 7, we'll be in Ellensburg at the
Western V.I.P. Room at the Kittitas County Events
Center. As part of this exciting day, the Central Regional
Branch will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes
October 7, 9:00-10:00 a.m. (PDT) -- Presented by Tracy
Rebstock and Lori Larson
Designed for staff of libraries in Washington,
this free web presentation lets attendees share their skills
and successes, while learning about new topics. Join Legacy Washington and the
Archives as they educate us about our history, and how to locate and
access the historical resources available through these two sources.
The Eastside Genealogical Society General Meeting will be held (7 to 9 pm) at the Bellevue Regional Library, Room 1 at 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue. Doors open at 6:30 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome.
Bob will present “Organizing Photos Using Windows Photo Gallery”, which gives a step by step demonstration of the features of Windows Photo Gallery (formerly Windows Live Photo Gallery) using his own pictures. Windows Photo Gallery is an image organizer, photo editor and photo sharing app.
Our Society website is http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wakcegs/ . Check this website for FREE genealogical help and under the “Calendar” tab, find the times and locations of Special Interest Group meetings (Czech/Slovak, German, Irish & Scots-Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, Family Tree Maker software or the Legacy Family Tree software). Visitors are always welcome at these meetings, too.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also will you please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail?
Did your ancestors ever live in the proud little town of Concrete, Washington? With a population of 900, Concrete is located on Highway 20, some 23 miles east of Sedro-Woolley. This little town has been incorporated since 1909.
The town of Concrete has undergone several incarnations, the earliest being a settlement at the northwestern junction of the Baker and Skagit Rivers, known as "Minnehaha". Amasa "Peg-Leg" Everett was one of the earliest settlers and in 1890, the townsite was platted by another settler, Magnus Miller. Shortly thereafter, a post office was established and the town name changed to "Baker". In 1905, a settlement across the Baker River came into being due to the building of the Washington Portland Cement Company and was named "Cement City". After the Superior Portland Cement Company plant was built in Baker in 1908, it was decided to merge the two towns. Inhabitants of the new community settled on the name "Concrete" and the town was so christened and officially incorporated on May 8, 1909. The Washington Portland Cement Company and the Superior Portland Cement Company supplied the materials to build the Gorge, Ross and Diablo Lake Dams, and were opened in 1905 and 1908 respectively. The town is also home to a number of historic buildings and the Henry Thomas Bridge.
This bridge was completed in 1918 and was then the longest single span cement bridge in the world and is listed on the Washington State and National Historic Registers. If you've driven over the North Cascades Highway, then you might have blinked and not noticed the little town of Concrete, but it is proudly there!
According to a bit appearing in The Brewster Herald on September 9, 1911, two men (McKinley and Robinson) were voted the champions at making bannocks."
I had no idea what a bannock was so went I asked Grandma Google (who knows everything). I learned that a bannock is a variety of flat quick bread made from grain, shaped into a round and fried in a greased skillet or baked in the oven. As in Dutch oven in 1911??
Bannocks sound easy to make: 3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 2 TB baking powder, 1/4 c butter,melted, 1 1/2 cups water. Measure dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well; pour butter and water over the mix; stir to make a ball. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead about ten times. Pat into a flat circle about one inch thick. Cook in a greased skillet about fifteen minutes on a side or for 25-30 minutes in a 350o oven.
So could we say that a bannock is a Washington heritage bread? or food?
Probably one of the best reasons for joining a genealogical society is the people you meet, and the volunteers that help run the society are the best. So I was glad when EWGS nominated Lola McCreary for the Volunteer award that WSGS gives out at their annual meeting. Sadly Lola did not attend this years meeting so here she is receiving her award from WSGS vice president Donna Potter-Phillips.
WSGS welcomes the Kootenai County Genealogical Society into membership! KCGS began back in 1979, a spin-off from the Idaho State Genealogical Society. But since geography dictates that KCGS have closer ties to Eastern Washington than to Southern Idaho, KCGS and the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society (in Spokane) share several members.
This is their website: www.kcgs.org and they invite you to come learn all about them and their doings. They meet monthly (except July-August and December-January) and many KCGS members are volunteer staffers at the Hayden Family History Center. KCGS has a wonderful partnership with the Hayden Lake Public Library and use the library's meeting room and keep their book collection there.
Last August 9th, KCGS go-getter-member Kim Morgan arranged a Family History Day at the Hayden Library. There were classes for children and adults such as "Standards for Sound Genealogical Research," and "Help! The Courthouse Burned..Now What?" Pictured below is Kim Morgan with Susan Miner, Billie Jean Grant, Barbara Cole and Bonnie Cook, the arranging committee for this great day. President of KCGS is Jeannie Ventorino with her Board including Donna Schmacker, Louisa Durkin, Carol LaPan and others.
Several members of EWGS traveled the short thirty miles east from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene and just north of there to Hayden Lake Public Library to attend the activities on August 9th. EWGS member Janette Birch talks here with Librarian Carol LaPan about KCGS's wonderful British parish records collection. This collection takes up several library shelves and was donated years ago. It includes such gems as the Liverpool Directory for 1766.
We welcome Kootenai County Genealogical Society into the Washington State Genealogical Society and look forward to some really fun back-and-forth learning and sharing. And who knows how many will travel to use the KCGS British parish records collection, housed in the Hayden Lake Public Library?