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The Tree Army

LymanCCC_uw516During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas. Thousands of desperate young men from the East Coast came to Washington state to work in the woods alongside local boys to build bridges, roads and park buildings.

We hope you will join us to learn about the work that the “CC boys” did in Skagit county.  Historian Janet Oakley will come to the library to talk about this part of our area’s history at 7 p.m. this Thursday, April 10.  You can find out more about this program — part of our Roots Projecton our website.  It would be great to see you there!

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Defining our Nation: hope to see you there!

CivilWarMarch6_300wThis Thursday, we’re looking forward to a powerful performance at the library.  Several Civil War re-enactors will portray the events that led up to the outbreak of the War Between the States. In the play, David Imburgia and Matt Clemans will portray two friends, who heatedly debate the issues and political climate of the times. These men, once close friends, part ways as bitter enemies. One takes up arms to fight for the Confederate cause and the other joins the Union Army. Several women and children, who are also WCWA re-enactors, will join in the performance and contribute historic background as to war’s impact the on families both North and South.  All the actors are re-enactors from the Washington Civil War Association.

The performance will take place on Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.  It is designed to support Common Core Curriculum for students but possibly not suitable for early elementary ages due to war and conflict subject matter.  Like all library programs, it is free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there!

This program is part of the Burlington Library and the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s “Making Connections through ROOTS Project.”

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Northwest Passages

Northwest Passages program poster

We’re really looking forward to “Northwest Passages”, a program we’re holding at the library next Thursday.

“Northwest Passages” allows the audience to experience the life of a young Swedish Immigrant, Julia Berg, as she and her family struggle to build a new life in Washington State in the early 20th century. As a nurse, Julia finds herself caring for African and Asian immigrants also new to Washington.  The story covers their experiences during the expansion of the railroad, the discovery of gold, labor struggles and the Great War.  While they observe Swedish and American holidays, they also encounter – as well as witness – prejudice and hostility.

We hope that you can join us for this informative and moving multimedia portrayal of the life of an immigrant of an earlier era.  It will take place from 7:00-9:00 on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Admission is free, and the program is suitable for ages 4th grade through adult.  Teachers and homeschooling parents may be interested in the
Teacher’s Curriculum Guide that gives students a bit more background on the program.

This program is part of the Burlington Library and the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s “Making Connections through ROOTS Project.”

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Learn about African American genealogy research!

Media-4634Join us for the next ROOTS Project Presentation on African American Genealogy Research.  Guest speaker Martha Collins will lead the workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  The presentation will not be at the library, and will instead be using the Burlington Senior Center (1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington).

No pre-registration is required. The workshop is sponsored by the Burlington Public Library Foundation and the Skagit Valley Genealogy Society, with funding provided by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.  It will be offered in preparation for an optional commitment to work with and mentor high school students in the 2013-2014 school year.

If you can’t make it to the presentation, or if you are looking for research resources to support this project, try the Biography and Genealogy page on our new website.

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Burlington Edison High School Yearbooks in our Ancestry.com Library Edition

Ancestry.com Library edition has digitized old Burlington Edison High School Yearbooks for the years 1946, 1948, 1949, 1966, 1967 and 1974.  So if you were in those class years, visit the library and check the U. S. School Yearbooks.  Here is one of the popular fellows from those days!

Don Mapes in the 1946 BESD Yearbook

We invite you to take advantage of our new online subscription to Ancestry.com Library Edition.  It is one of two new databases offered by the Burlington Library and Skagit Valley Genealogy Society Roots Project, our genealogy program for teens to begin in October.  All library visitors can make use of our new Ancestry.com Library edition in the library.

America’s Genealogy Bank is also a great new resource as well because it indexes newspapers from all over the U.S., including the Seattle Times – so if you lived in the area, you never know what you might find about a relative.

For access to more great genealogy resources available at the library or remotely from you home with you library card, click here for more information.

–Karen

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Free Genealogy Classes with the ROOTS Project

Media-4634The library has embarked on the ROOTS Project — an exciting partnership with the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society.  Local Genealogists are honing their research skills and learning to use library sources, and they will then use their skills to help high schoolers discover their family histories.  As part of this project, we are offering a number of exciting workshops, all of which are free and open to anybody who is interested!

On June 24, July 1, 8 and 15, Steve Baylor will present a four-part Introduction to Genealogy series.  Steve is the past president of both the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and the Washington State Genealogical Society, and is also a member of the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board.

On July 22, Theresa Trebon will present on Native American Ancestry. Theresa is the Swinomish Tribal Records Manager and Archivist,  and is the author of First Views: An Early History of Skagit County, 1850-1900.

On July 29, Janice Blackhurst will present on Hispanic/Latino Genealogy Research. Janice is a Professional Genealogist with a B.A. in Spanish, and is a member of APG and NSDAR.

All of these workshops are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in our large meeting room, and are free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

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