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History Notes: 75 years ago this month

Image of itemPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The order authorized the military to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.”  In June of 1942 all Japanese Issei and Nisei people were evacuated Wednesday under U. S. Army supervision. The Great Northern depot in Burlington was the scene of excitement and tearful farewells, as Japanese from Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and Island counties gathered with baggage and belongings and transported to Tule Lake in California.

There were a few families of issei and nisei who worked in the oyster beds and farmed potatoes.  The local photographer and the laundry owner was also Japanese.

Hub HistoryNewsclippings from the Burlington Journal document this event that took place in June.   See our Hub History page to see the clippings and further information about the Internment of local Japanese.  For the conclusion of the Burlington story, which is more positive than most.  See the unpublished Master’s Thesis describing how this event affect the local Takagi and Akita families by Alyssa Joy Vis “Where everybody knows your name: growing up Japanese in Burlington, WA, 1920-1942” (2013). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 316.
http://cedar.wwu.edu/wwuet/316

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While you are waiting for “Victoria”

Image of itemIn anticipation of Womens’ History Month here are few biographies you might have missed.

Queen Victoria always suffered from a rather stuffy, prudish reputation until Masterpiece Theater’s latest historical drama on Sunday nights. If you are enjoying the program, there is a new biography of her that will soon be on the shelves (click the book cover to place a hold).

While you are waiting there are other historical biographies of women ruler’s on our shelves to try:

Elizabeth The Queen – The Life of A Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell SmithImage of item

 

 

Queen Isabella – Treachery, Adultery and Murder in Medieval EnglandImage of item by Allison Weir

 

 

 

 

Christina Queen of Sweden by Veronica Buckley

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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

 

 

As Always – Ask A Librarian

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Presidents Day Reads

Click the box for books about the Presidents or As Always – Ask A Librarian

 

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Happy Birthday Alice Walker

Today happens to be author Alice Walker’s birthday and in honor of African American History Month we are featuring  her influential books and other writings.  In 1982 her  book “The Color Purple” came out.  It won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1983 and was made into a successful movie.

For more information about her and her other books, click here.

 

-Karen

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Books for African American History Month

(Click the covers to place a hold; for more Ask us!)

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Seattle Sketcher visits Burlington

In case you missed it, the Seattle Times Artist Illustrator Gabriel Campanario was in Burlington recently and created sketches of two of our historic buildings, the Old City Hall and the Carnegie Library and the new Chamber Information Center designed as a historic railroad station.  See his sketches here.  The article was published in the Saturday Oct 1 2016 issue.

 

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Time Capsule Opening – Treasures from 1916

Members of the Burlington Historical Society, library and city officials gathered Saturday June 25th to officially open and reveal the contents of the “time capsule” stored in a cornerstone cemented into the historic Burlington Carnegie library building (see image below).  The local newspaper of the day described the ceremony of a century ago. [Click here for slide show of the process and event]

Under [within] the cornerstone the following articles of more or less historic community value were deposited in a sealed jappaned box, These documents were placed in a japanned tin box, in large manila envelopes that were heavily coated with paraffine (sic) wax.”

“Burlington Library Cornerstone is laid” The Journal, Burlington Washington June 2, 1916
1. Two copies of the Burlington Journal
2. Two copies of the [Skagit County] Informer  [so far there is only one reference to another copy (microfilmed) of the Skagit County Informer held at the Washington State Library – however we have not yet checked with the Skagit Museum]
3. Copy of the Burlington Journal containing the library ordinances
4. History of library and reading rooms
5. History of new library activities in getting money for founding Carnegie library
6. Year book of the Alpha Club
7. Yearbook of the Monday Civic Club
8. Ordinance establishing Library Board
9. List of city and school district officers

These items will be on display soon at the library temporarily and viewable on our Hub History page.

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Historic Carnegie Library cornerstone “time capsule”

Historic Carnegie Library Centennial CelebrationJoin us for the June 25th Tour and Program (Saturday) celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the historic Carnegie Library building.

The Burlington Public Library, Burlington Historical Preservation Advisory Board and the fledgling Burlington Historical Society are co-hosting Burlington’s Historic Carnegie Library Centennial Celebration

Saturday, June 25, 2016

  • Noon ~ Tour inside the Carnegie Library building by local historian and city councilwoman, Edie Edmundson. The Carnegie Library is located in historic downtown Burlington at 901 E. Fairhaven Ave.
  • 1 p.m. ~ Short program and the opening of the 100-year-old Carnegie Library time capsule at the new Burlington Public Library (820 E Washington Ave)

The time capsule was installed in June 1916 behind the cornerstone of the Carnegie Library at the start of its construction. The cornerstone has been removed and the time capsule box was inside.  The contents of the time capsule will be removed and displayed with related historical artifacts at the library during the celebration. Please bring and share your memories of visiting and using the Carnegie Library.

All ages welcome. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Burlington Library.
Questions: (360) 755-0760, karenp@burlingtonwa.gov,

More information

Burlington Historical Society Facebook page

HubHistory Online Collection

 

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Save your Stuff

businesscard_template_ukThis week is Preservation Week at libraries all over the country.  Although we can’t save everything, some family and institution treasures are worth taking the time and effort to preserve.  Here are some beginning suggestions for preserving your heirlooms and family memories.  Use these quick tips as a starting point for taking care of your precious items or come in and talk to me about the process.  You can also come in to the library for some help with this process. Just ask a librarian!

audio   |   books   |   data   |   documents and paper   |   film and home movies   |  photos   |   scrapbooks   |   slides   |   textiles

—Karen

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Women’s Basketball in Burlington

Women’s (and men’s) high school basketball started early, class pictures show the girls playing in Burlington as well as all over the United States with the invention of the game.  The game of basketball was invented in late 1891 by Dr. James A. Naismith, physical education director at the Young Men’s Christian Association. Women started playing immediately in high schools and colleges everywhere.  It was a welcome relief to the tedium of calisthenics.  See this title and all of our books on the sports and basketball below.  [ scroll down and click the covers to get to our catalog]

Burlington Girl's High School Basketball Champs 1917-18 1918-19

Burlington Girl’s High School Basketball Champs 1917-18, 1918-19

 

 

Hoop Genius - How a Desperate Teacher and a rowdy gym class invented basketball.

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