Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | February 11, 2014

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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Responses

  1. The Northwest Passage program was fascinating. I enjoyed the combination of the vintage photographs and film clips from the early 1900s mixed with the monologue of the Swedish immigrant character “Julia Berg.” The only comments, in addition to the praise for an interesting evening, were: The pace was so fast through time and history with the film clips that for some people it was difficult to keep up with and digest the information being communicated; one other comment was that the Swedish accent combined with the East Coast accent also took a bit of time to adjust to. But, the performance was of high professional quality. There were over 75 people in attendance — so it demonstrated that the topic resonated with the community and particularly the Scandinavian community of Skagit County. Thank you for offering it to the community.

    I’m looking forward to the next presentation on Thursday, March 6, 7pm at BPL: “The Civil War: Defining Our Nation”. I’m sure the Civil War re-enactors will make this complex time in our nation’s history, educational, entertaining and truly “come to life.”


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