Washington State Celebrates Archives Month



Saturday, October 22 – 10am to 1:00pm
at the State Archives
Saturday, October 29 – 10:00am to 1:00pm
at the Kitsap Regional Library
A practical, three-hour overview for students, teachers, local heritage volunteers and family researchers. Seating is limited.

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 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), Core State Language Arts Standards for Literacy in Social Studies or personal historical interest.
This class will cover:
  • Primary sources – what are they?
  • Secondary Sources – how are they useful?
  • We will also cover how to use the library, how to use archival collections, how to find and use reliable online resources, how to properly cite your sources and how to use a variety of other sources.


Think you know Washington history? Come to Three Magnets Brewing Co. (600 Franklin St. SE in Olympia) to test your knowledge on Washington facts for a chance to win prizes in our trivia night challenge! We’re joining forces once again with the Washington State Historical Society to bring you the most fun-filled factoids about your city and state parks, in celebration of the Archives Month theme, “We Love State Parks.” There will be great food, even better beer, and a whole lot of entertainment! No need to register–just show up! Seating is limited, so arrive early, grab a seat, and have fun.