Korean War Exhibit Installed at Secretary of State’s Office


A new historical exhibit recently installed in the Washington Secretary of State’s lobby tells stories about America’s  “Forgotten War” in Korea.

The exhibit was installed by Legacy Washington, an effort organized by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Legacy Washington uses sources from the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives and heritage organizations to document “extraordinary stories” in Washington History, according to its website. 

The exhibit, called “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered,” tells stories about Washingtonians who experienced the Korean War in different ways. They include stories of a nurse who worked in a MASH unit and Korean Americans who grew up in Korea during or after the war, according to Wyman’s September newsletter.

A Korea 65 exhibit launch event at the state Capitol is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Sept. 14, with entertainment beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.

Legacy Washington is also sponsoring a contest for sixth- through 12th-grade students about the exhibit. The contest begins Wednesday and ends Nov. 30. 

The contest asks students to show how the Korean War affects Washington today in formats such as writing, film or two-dimensional art. 

For more information about the contest, go to sos.wa.gov/_assets/archives/korea-65-contest.pdf or contact Laura Mott at laura.mott@sos.wa.gov or 360-902-4171.

For more information about the exhibit, go to sos.wa.gov/legacy/korea65/.