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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  See the unpublished Master’s Thesis describing how this event affect the local Takagi and Akita families by Alyssa Joy Vis “Where everybody knows your name: growing up Japanese in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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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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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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For our Burlington Businesses

Reference USA business and telephone directory database.

This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit

Try our new business and telephone directory database called Reference USA.

This database is very useful for finding phone numbers (landlines only), business data, customers for direct marketing projects, help with your business plans and job searching.  Specific examples are listed below.

  • Small business owners: If you are interested in opening up a new business in a certain area, historical data enables you to research that location to see how many businesses were there before. If there have there been multiple restaurants at the same location within a few years—that may be a red flag. You can research which businesses were located nearby over the last 10 years and even get executive contact names to conduct additional market research.
  • Developers/Investors: Developers can use this to make sure they develop and invest in land and businesses that are thriving. This module allows you to research industry trends across the U.S. or within a geographic location. In addition, investors can track a company over time to find out if the company opened or closed locations, moved locations multiple times and whether the company is shrinking or growing.
  • Job Seekers: The best tool for job seekers is research! It’s always a good idea to research a company before applying and interviewing. You can search for a company of interest and study any trends in the business since 2003. Similarly, they can search by the same industry and study overall business trends. Employers love educated job candidates!
  • Researchers: The data collected by Reference USA might help with research on the effects of city laws on businesses over time, the effect of natural disasters on a region’s local economy or how advances in geographic technology boosts the economy, anything is possible with the historical data module.

Please check with us any time if you have questions or would like a demonstration.  You need an active Burlington Library card to access this database.

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Flooding History

Watching the Skagit  and Nooksack Rivers rise and pool up in the low areas has been something of a tradition for Skagitonians.

Burlington Hill is in the background of the little cottage in Burlington Washington

Burlington Hill is in the background behind this little cottage in Burlington Washington.  For more info, click the postcard photograph.

Decades of news articles and photographs document the history of the rivers.  To learn what it was like there are two websites :

Historical Flood Article  Archives on the Skagit County website

And the Skagit River History website http://www.skagitriverhistory.com/

 

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The Burlington Story Trail is Open !

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Scoot ! by Cathryn Falwell

The Story Trail book – Scoot ! by Cathryn Falwell

The Burlington Story Trail was designed to help parents and caregivers take an active role in their children’s learning.  The guided walk with the story along the way helps parents encourage an active lifestyle for their kids, appreciate nature and cultivate a life-long love of reading and books.

The project was a collaboration of many hands, minds and hearts, not all listed here but help us celebrate with a visit to the trail!

Story Trail Ribbon Cutting

Story Trail Ribbon Cutting

Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project

Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project

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Librarian Jennifer and Librarian Maggie celebrate the Story Trail installation!

Away they go!

Away they go!

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Discover Burlington History @ the Library

Discovery Burlington History at the Library

Discover Burlington History Program Sept 16 7 pm at the Burlington Library

Tuesday evening, Sept 16, 7 pm
Burlington Public Library Community Meeting Room
820 E Washington Ave

Learn to find Burlington historical places, people, events, buildings, houses, dates, using the library and other new resources – print and online.  Also learn about the new Hub History Digital Collection of online photographs and documents for learning history.

Bring your questions and share your history stories with the Burlington Historical Society group for a fascinating trip back in time here in Skagit County.

Reference Librarian and local historian Karen Prasse will talk about finding the hidden-in-plain-site resources for history.

The program is sponsored by the Burlington Historical Society

For more information call 360-757-4757

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Grade school life in 1930s Burlington

Purity, Loyalty, and Knowledge are the three main themes of the Burlington Grade School Honor Code.

An excerpt from the 1934 grade school scrapbook lists the honor code that “graders” were expected to follow

In 1934, student Elsie Ovenell assembled the Lincoln Grade School’s annual scrapbook.  The scrapbook includes photographs and newspaper clippings representing a year at Lincoln.  From the looks of it, the school year was filled with orchestra concerts, puppet shows, diphtheria vaccines, basketball games, broken arms, faculty picnics, and, of course, a lot of learning.

The scrapbook currently resides in the library, but it has a home online as well: the entire scrapbook is available through our new Hub History project.  Take a look for a trip back to 1930s Burlington.

Want to see more documents from Burlington’s early days?  Take some time to immerse yourself in our Hub History project, a digital collection of family and community history.

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Celebrating May in Burlington

omeka-net_11655_archive_fullsize_5329b5c591fada94ffe0be0c0ce6f5e5Sunny May days in Skagit Valley are beautiful enough to call for a celebration.  In fact, we have photographs from over a century ago showing people who felt the same way.  We think that these photographs were taken in Burlington around 1910, but we know for sure that they depict an excited group celebrating the arrival of spring with a maypole dance.  In this colorful dance, people weave intricate patterns with the ribbons that are tied to a central pole.

Want to see more scenes from Burlington’s early history?  Check out our new Hub History project, an online digital collection of family and community history.

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