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SKAGIT CITY SCHOOL PICNIC Tickets can be bought online at this link! Celebrate with us the official re-opening of Skagit City School July 16, 2017 1 to 4 PM
In the Valley of Mystic Light Opening Reception & Book Signing October 27, 2017 6 to 8 PM Exhibition from October 28, 2017 - February 4, 2018 More detail at the museum website 4th Annual Historic Cemetery Tour Mount Vernon Cemetery October 15, 2017 NOON to 4 PM
SKAGIT CITY SCHOOL PICNIC Tickets can be bought online at this link! Celebrate with us the official re-opening of Skagit City School “Washington Remembers World War II And The Skagit Home Front” February 10 through June 25 - Exhibit extended through October 8. Opening Reception February 9 from 6 to 8 PM ENDS in October 2017 WWII Service Remembered Feb. 2017 Skagit Valley Herald La Conner – Featured exhibit on loan from the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office. “Washington Remembers World War II” is a collection of stories that take you around the globe to crucial battles on foreign soil, to German concentration camps and to the American home front where defense plant workers contributed to the war effort. The exhibit features large compelling photographs, personal stories and fascinating war facts. “The Skagit Home Front” presents the stories of Skagitonians who served, and those who stayed and kept care of the Home Front. The Museum is located at 501 S. 4th Street, at the top of the hill in La Conner. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Families $10. For more information call 360.466.3365 or visit www.skagitcounty.net/museum
The American Legion Memorial Post #91 present 'The Historic Military Museum'
Featuring military artifacts from many wars dating back to the 1800s! Uniforms, medals, citations, war artifacts, and so much more!Located: A.L. Memorial Post #91, 721 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington, WA 98233 360-755-1202; firstname.lastname@example.org The museum is open 10 to 2PM on Tuesday and Thursday
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La Conner – The Skagit County Historical Museum is pleased to host the authors of ‘Fir Island and Conway’, a new publication in the Images of America series. They will be at the Museum from noon to 2 PM on Saturday April 1st and Saturday April 8th signing their book!
‘The North Fork and the South Fork of the Skagit River were navigated by those searching for gold and land in the 1870s. Flooding became a deterrent for many, but those who stayed discovered an abundance of fertile soil and natural resources. Scandinavian immigrants, predominantly Norwegian, came to settle in the area, some with their families, and worked in logging and in farming. As the population grew, small towns and businesses were soon established. Skagit City and Fir were located on Fir Island; Conway and Milltown were located east of the island. In 1914, a bridge connected the island to the mainland, replacing the ferry at Mann’s Landing. After many floods, the removal of logjams, and the arrival of the Great Northern Railroad, Mount Vernon began to prosper upriver, and the little towns began to disappear. Today, Fir Island and Conway are destinations for tourists who come to see snow geese and trumpeter swans during migration. Farmers continue to work the soil, and many descendants of pioneers still remain.’Skagit Valley Genealogical Society 30th Anniversary 1:00pm General Membership Meeting When Sat, April 8, 1pm – 3pm Where Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233, USA (map) Description "SVGS 30th Anniversary and Speaker" Spokane area genealogist, and sought after speaker will be traveling across the mountains to bring SVGS a timely and informative program. Join us for a festive afternoon celebrating SVGS' 30 years of providing Skagit county with personal family history presented by Donna Potter Phillips. Skagit Valley Genealogical Society 13th Genealogy Seminar O'CANADA! "Children of a Common Mother" April 21, 22, and 23, 2017 Details: skagitvalleygenealogy.org
We are delighted to have Dave Obee and Mary Kathryn Kozy as our keynote speakers for this Spring seminar. Get your application in early as this seminar will fill up quickly. Canada is celebrating their 150th anniversary as a Confederation. Our 3-part heritage weekend features 1) an opening reception on Friday evening, 2) dynamic speakers seminar on all day Saturday and 3) a guided Historic Walking tour of Burlington, Washington on Sunday morning. Click this LINK for a Heritage Weekend brochure.
Then of course, the tulip fields await you.
The American Legion Memorial Post #91 present 'The Historic Military MuseumFeaturing military artifacts from many wars dating back to the 1800s! Uniforms, medals, citations, war artifacts, and so much more! Located: A.L. Memorial Post #91, 721 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington, WA 98233 360-755-1202; email@example.com The museum is open 10 to 2PM on Tuesday and Thursday Hollywood and the Homefront
Stories of the Latino community in Skagit County from 1940 to the recent history – in their own voices. What brought them to the Valley - their celebrations, gathering places, traditions, community leaders. The Braceros Program, the La Guadalupe Club, Cine Rio, and the Mexico Cafe are just some of the stories you will hear. Come and share your stories.
"Spirits of Christmas past come to Sedro-Woolley Museum" Skagit Valley Herald
Alger Community Fundraiser, Saturday, September 3 at 10 am to 4 pm, Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Ln., Alger, WA. Donations to Alger Fire Hall.
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society has scheduled 4 weekly classes beginning October 1, 2016. Details are available on our society website http://skagitvalleygenealogy.org We would like very much to have you join us if you are new to the hobby of genealogy or you just want to refresh your memory. We are here to help.
The 112th Skagit County Pioneer Picnic this year will be Thursday, August 4 at Pioneer Park in La Conner, WA. The honorees for 'Pioneer Family of the Year' will be the Johnson clan and descendants, specifically siblings: Herman, Alfred, Edvin and Ida Johnson who came into Skagit County around 1891, they made their mark in the Cedardale area and throughout the county since. This years inductee to receive this years 'Pioneer Spirit Award' is Don Wick, recently retired from EDASC. More information to come. Take the time while on Facebook to find and LIKE 'Skagit County Pioneer Association'. Like us on FACEBOOK
Join us Sunday, July 17th
from 1 to 4 PM at the Skagit City School, 17508 Moore Rd, Mount
Vernon for the Skagit City School Picnic! This event is a
fundraiser for the rehabilitation of this wonderful historic structure.
Come enjoy a tasty meal catered by Kelley’s BBQ, see the work that has
already been accomplished on the school – and learn about the rest of
the project and plans for use of the facility. T-shirts, caps, mugs and
totes will be available for purchase so you can be a “Friend of Skagit
City School”! Reserve your tickets now by phoning the Museum at
360-466-3365. Tickets are $20 for individuals, $60 for a family of four
(two adults/two children).
Suspenseful Opening of a 100 Year Old Time Capsule to Highlight Burlington Library's Anniversary Celebration
Century-Old Burlington time capsule opening celebrates local history. Skagit Valley Herald
BURLINGTON – 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 on Saturday, June 25, from noon to 3:00 pm. Festivities kick off with a tour inside the Carnegie Library building by local historian and city councilwoman, Edie Edmundson, from noon to 12:45pm. The Carnegie Library is located in historic downtown Burlington at 901 E. Fairhaven Ave. Immediately following the tour, the festivities move to the Burlington Public Library, one block south of Fairhaven, at 820 Washington Ave. During the celebration the public will witness first hand, “history-in-the-making,” with the suspenseful opening of the 100-year-old Carnegie Library time capsule. The time capsule was installed in June 1916 behind the cornerstone of the Carnegie Library at the start of its construction. The contents of the time capsule and related historical artifacts will be displayed for public viewing at the library during the celebration. The story of the fund raising efforts of a small group of dedicated Burlington women of the Alpha Club who made Burlington's first public library a reality will be told by Karen Prasse, a local historian, archivist and reference librarian at the Burlington Public Library.
A search is currently underway to locate and invite to this historic event any descendants of these original Alpha Club members. “We hope to be able to extend an invitation to the descendants of these civic minded women so the accomplishments of their ancestors can be recognized by the community at this event,” said Edie Edmundson. “We are asking the media to help us locate these descendants so they can attend.”
“The local community is sure to be curious about the opening of the 100 year old Carnegie time capsule”, said Margie Wilson, member of the City of Burlington Historic Preservation Advisory Board. “Such an event ranks up there with the viewing of Haley's comet in one's lifetime. Such opportunities only pass through our personal universe once-in-a-lifetime. It is also a rare event for Burlington, especially since so many of these beautiful, historic Carnegie Libraries have fallen under the wrecking ball in other communities.”
Sarah War, executive director for the Burlington Public Library commented, “The Burlington Library and the City of Burlington are honored to have such a historical landmark that depicts the value of public libraries and ushered in a public library system for our small community. We invite everyone to come out to experience this memorable celebration of the Burlington Public Library's 100th anniversary.”
All ages welcome. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Burlington Library. Questions: (360) 755-0760, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://hubhistory.burlingtonwa.gov/.
On Facebook: burlingtonhistoricalsociety to find out more about Burlington's start-up historical society contact: Margie Wilson, email@example.com.
Seeking the Descendants of
Burlington's Alpha Club for Historic Time Capsule Opening
BURLINGTON – About 1910 in the small city of Burlington, a group of women established a civic association called, the Alpha Club. Their immediate goal was to promote an interest in reading in this fast growing community. This group of women organized many fund raising programs such as plays and guest lectures for their cause. In 1916 these dedicated women succeeded in gaining the attention of philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie gave a grant to the City of Burlington for the building of its first public library on the 900 block of East Fairhaven Avenue. This small Carnegie Library building still stands today.
On Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 pm, one block south at 820 E. Washington Ave., the Burlington Public Library, the time capsule placed in the Carnegie Library's cornerstone in June 1916, will be opened for the first time in 100 years..
The Burlington Historical Society wishes to recognize at this event the present day descendants of these dedicated Alpha Club members. If you are a descendant or know of a living descendant of an Alpha Club member please contact Margie Wilson, Co-Chair, Burlington Historical Society, (360) 757-6224, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Alpha Club was disbanded decades ago but the group was formerly affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) a national organization.
Prior to the time capsule opening at the present Burlington Library, there will be an open-house tour at the Burlington Carnegie Library building from noon to 12:45pm. There will be an opportunity for former patrons of the Carnegie Library to share their memories during the event. If you have a business card, bring it to the event sto add your card in the 2116 time capsule that will be placed back in the building's cornerstone. The Burlington Carnegie Library Centennial events are free and open to the public. For more information visit on Facebook: burlingtonhistoricalsociety and https://burlingtonwa.omeka.net.
Sedro-Woolley Museum in Sedro-Woolley, Washington has a new website address and they are excited for you to access it. Just click on this link: sedro-woolleymuseum.com and you will find yourself there.
79th Annual Berry Dairy Days Festival present by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce upcoming Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19. Nothing like Strawberry Shortcake during this fest.
2016 Sedro-Woolley's Loggerodeo 4th of July Celebration in Sedro-Woolley coming this year from June 25 through July 4. See Skagit River Journal's webpage on the history of Loggerodeo. "The oldest Fourth of July celebration in Washington, the Loggerodeo takes place in Sedro-Woolley every year. Dubbed the "grand daddy of the Northwest Independence Day Celebration," this unique extravaganza celebrates the history of both the beginning of a new nation and the rugged heritage of Sedro Woolley."
The new Woolley Market, at the site of the old Bus Jungquist Furniture store at State and Metcalf, made its mark soon after rising on July 26, 2014. It was just named Best New Business of 2014 by the Skagit Valley Herald. Weekly highlight: Music and Beer, 5 p.m. Thursdays; Hottest act in town.
Skagit Topic Presentation Ramon Mesa Ledesma June 12th 2 to 4 PM - Ramón Ledesma is a northwest writer living in rural Sedro Woolley. He was born into a family of sixteen brothers and sisters. He’s a Vietnam Veteran, and a graduate of Eastern Washington University, where he earned a BA and M.Ed. He worked as a mental health therapist before turning his energies to writing. Ramon has written several books including “Tomás and the Magic Race Cars”, and “Migrant Sun”, and has another, “Echoes of the Wind”, being published this year. Join us as for a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit at 4 PM on Sunday, June 12th.
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