State holds St. Helens exhibit

With May 18 being the 30th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ big eruption, the Washington State Archives is featuring an exhibit on what the mountain and Spirit Lake looked like before St. Helens literally blew its top on that fateful Sunday morning in 1980.

The free exhibit is in the front lobby of the State Archives Building (1129 Washington St. S.E.) on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. It will be on display through the end of summer. The State Archives is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The State Archives and its regional branches have several record series related to Mount St. Helens. Go to, then type in “Helens” as the keyword for more records and details.

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