The state we're in: Washington The State We’re In: Washington is an online and printed educational publication developed by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund. Part of a larger Civic Education Project, this instructional resource establishes the link between public participation and effective government. Colorful graphs, historical photos and thought-provoking illustrations help to describe the basics of government, and the connection between a governing authority and culture and economy. Young readers and adults alike will gain a robust sense of past and present tribal governance and their relationship to state and local government in Washington.
Washington History A wealth of information about Washington State history from the Washington Secretary of State.
Encyclopedia of WA State More great information about Washington from 'The free online Encyclopedia of Washington State History'.
Washington Place Names This database provides information about geographic places in Washington - sponsored by the Tacoma Public Library.
Simply Washington "Want to learn more about the beautiful state of Washington? Browse through our new online book, 'Simply Washington', which explains all aspects of Washington State – from profiles on key players in state government, to the basics of voting, to lessons in law creation. We have also highlighted what makes this state so unique, like its booming tech industry, history of strong women leaders, and much more." - Sam S. Reed, Washington Secretary of State
Historical Books of Washington Classics in Washington History is a digital collection of full-text books that brings together rare, out of print titles for easy access by students, teachers, genealogists and historians. Visit Washington's early years through the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in Washington Territory and State.
Pacific Northwest Historical Documents Database The Pacific Northwest Historical Documents database is a collection of original, diaries, letters, reminiscences and political documents drawn from various sources within the University of Washington's Special Collections Division.
Research Washington Research Washington is the gateway to learning about Washington’s past by exploring objects, publications, ephemera and more. The Washington State Historical Society is home to many unique collections and includes over 80,000 artifacts and half a million images.
Washington State Parks Whether you're looking for outdoor adventure or a quiet retreat from the world, you'll find it in one of Washington's extraordinary state parks.
Did you know that the Pacific Northwest’s first hospital, school, orchard, library, grist mill, saw mill, shipyard, and dairy were all established at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver? Learn more about this by visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site!
The Mighty Columbia River Produced in 1947, this 10 minute, historical film shows the work of the Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams in making the Columbia River a source of hydroelectric power. Also depicts other uses of the river, such as shipping and irrigation and as a fishing bed for salmon. Use this link if you don't have a VPS account: http://www.archive.org/details/MightyCo1947
Bureau of ReclamationPowering One Corner of the World (1987) The Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River has brought many benefits to the people of the West Coast. This 8 minute film from 1987 shows the operation of the dam and how water and power is supplied to the West Coast. Use this link if you don't have a VPS account: http://www.archive.org/details/gov.ntis.ava19490vnb1.3
Japanese-Internment Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar “Suffering a
Great Injustice: Photographs of Manzanar” These images of
Japanese-American Internment provide a visual record which
augments the written record of this historical event.
Tule Lake Segregation Center Tule Lake Segregation Center was the largest and most controversial of the ten War Relocation Authority WRA camps used to incarcerate persons of Japanese descent during World War Two.
Asian Viewpoint Exploring the Japanese-American internment through film and the internet