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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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