Washington State Library :: Washington Rural Heritage

Washington Rural Heritage: "Washington Rural Heritage (WRH) is an online aggregation of special collections from small and rural communities throughout the state of Washington." This site from the Washington State Library features "photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more." The idea is that the state library will help small communities put some of their historic collections online.

So far the site consists of the Ritzville Heritage and Whitman County Heritage collections. The photograph above, of a 1948 parade in Tekoa, Washington is from the latter collection.

This is an important initiative from the Secretary of State--enabling obscure local history sources online as part of a larger searchable database. It will be interesting to watch the site grow as additional communities join in.