In a world where every endeavor is supposed to make money, this website makes no sense. Yet it makes all the sense in the world. Every town should have a site like this, just as every family should have a scrapbook and every school a yearbook. The alternative is allowing Father Time to erode and ultimately erase everything. Who wants that? Yet that’s exactly what happens in most towns. The people, the stores, the restaurants, churches, schools — they just lapse into the void. They’re throwaways.
Burlington can do better — but it requires teamwork. Please take the time and effort to dig up old Burlington images, even if they’re on 35mm slides, from your basements and attics. What function are they serving by languishing in a box somewhere? Zero. But they can serve a real purpose right here.
What purpose? Older residents will appreciate the nostalgia. Middle-agers will marvel at things they’ve heard about but never thought they’d see. Younger people, and recent Burlington arrivals, will see their town from a whole new perspective. It’s like going from 180-degree vision to a full 360. Everything gains a new dimension. The buildings, the people, the street names — they all start to come alive.
When knowledge is passed from one generation to another, a town transcends itself and becomes a culture instead. Let other towns be mere towns, where every generation hits a “reset” button and starts over again. Burlington should be a culture.
If you don’t have pictures but do have a colorful Burlington story, even a short one, you’re welcome to submit it here. The more voices, the better this site becomes.
- Robert Fahey, BHS ’86
- Former Reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune