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Washington Territory citizens vote for statehood on November 5, 1878.
On November 5, 1878, the voters of the Territory of Washington approve a resolution asking the U.S. Congress for admission to statehood. Congress declines. Eleven more years pass before statehood is achieved.
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Washington statehood bill is introduced in U.S. Congress on December 10, 1878.
On December 10, 1878, the first bill for Washington statehood is introduced in the United States Congress.
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Washington State Constitutional Convention delegates frame constitution stipulating that voters must be male, but append separate woman suffrage and Prohibition amendments on August 17, 1889.
On August 17, 1889, delegates to the Washington State Constitutional Convention in Olympia tack two amendments, one for woman suffrage and the other for Prohibition, onto the ballot by which voters will decide whether or not to ratify their new state constitution. The ballot also asks voters to decide which city should be the new state's capital.
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Washington is admitted as the 42nd state to the United States of America on November 11, 1889.
On November 11, 1889, Washington becomes the 42nd state of the United States of America.
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The exhibit A Time of Gathering: Native Heritage in Washington State opens at Seattle's Burke Museum on March 30, 1989.
On March 30, 1989, A Time of Gathering: Native Heritage in Washington State opens at the Burke Museum in Seattle. The exhibit was originated by the 1989 Washington Centennial Commission and its Lasting Legacy Committee as part of the celebration of Washington's statehood centennial. The committee chose the Burke Museum to host the exhibit, marking the first time the Burke formally collaborated with Washington tribes in developing an exhibit. Robin K. Wright (b. 1949), the museum's new Curator of Native American Art, and Roberta Haines of the Colville Confederated Tribes curated A Time of Gathering. They worked with exhibit manager Patricia Cosgrove (b. 1955), museum and committee staff, and a Native American Advisory Board to identify artifacts and artwork and develop text describing tribal history and contemporary Native communities. Wright will continue to work with tribes and the advisory board on issues arising from passage of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act in 1990 and on future museum exhibits. She will also work to develop and maintain relationships with scholars, tribal members, and the general public around the museum's collections.
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