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.
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
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.
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 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/
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
Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project
Librarian Jennifer and Librarian Maggie celebrate the Story Trail installation!
Away they go!
Discovery Burlington History at the 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
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.