Stories from the Washington State Archives—Debbie Bahn at RootsTech 2019

Every record tells a story, as Debbie Bahn, an archivist, knows firsthand. Bahn, the first electronic records archivist at the Washington State Archives, spoke at Access and Preservation Day at RootsTech 2019. In her presentation titled “The Washington State Archives Online Patron Experience,” Bahn shared a few of the stories discovered in digital records, as… Continue Reading →

Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” – Anne Frank Ninety years ago today, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Edith Holländer Frank and Otto Frank, a businessman. By 1934, the family had moved to Amsterdam after the Nazi party came to power in Germany. Image: Wikimedia Commons For her 13th birthday, Anne was given a diary and immediately began writing in it. Shortly after, her older sister,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Gene Wilder

Do you remember watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? On this day in 1933, actor Gene Wilder was born. Image: Gene Wilder / Nationaal Archief, CC0 Wilder was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He first gained an interest in acting after his mother was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. The doctor had told the 8-year-old Wilder that he should try to make his mother laugh. By the age of 13, he began studying acting… Read the full story