The Washington State Senate on Tuesday, passed Senate Resolution 8721, honoring the 125th Anniversary of the Washington State Historical Society. Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, sponsored the resolution and issued the following statement:

“I am incredibly proud to be able to honor the accomplishments of the Washington State Historical Society and to help celebrate its 125th Anniversary. Founded in our state in 1891, it is a rare gem and an incredible asset to learners of all ages studying the varied and rich history of our state.

“Researchers, scholars and more than 16,000 students per year take part in programs sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society. The collection of personal, local, national and regional stories has become the repository of our comprehensive history and heritage of our people and our state.

“I have had the opportunity to take part in many of the programs that are offered by the Historical Society. Each year look forward to the ‘In the Spirit’ show of contemporary Native American art and National History Day and Washington State History Day inspires our students and emphasizes the importance of comprehensive historical research and education. The Washington Women’s History Consortium has created an extensive collection and sources of information about women’s history in Washington through partnerships with higher education institutions across our state.

“The State History Museum in the heart of downtown Tacoma was at the forefront of the revitalization of Pacific Avenue. Today, it is a vibrant hub of historic, educational, cultural, and entrepreneurial activity. I cannot imagine Pacific Avenue, or Tacoma without the Washington State Historical Museum.

“The Washington State Historical Society and our State History Museum remain a critical asset and historical treasure to my community, our region and our state. I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations on their 125th anniversary.”