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Meet Pam Burnett of Fort Worthy History in Fort Worth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pam Burnett.

Pam, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
With a background in design and architecture, I was first drawn to the character and aesthetics of historic buildings. Their stories intrigued me, considering the date they were built, the designer/builder, their initial use and/or significance they hold in history. I started gravitating toward Fort Worth’s history when I began diving into my own family ancestors and realized they played a big part in being pioneers of the area.

From that point on I found myself enthralled with learning how the Fort Worth area began. Through time it became important to me that I share the history with many generations of hearts touched by this area. Knowledge of the city’s past can be empowering. Not only do you appreciate what you see around you more, you in turn become inspired to leave a legacy as those did before you to make the city what it is today.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been smooth and a learning experience. With each historic/archived picture, there is a story to be told. Researching, writing and creating images (then & now, picture in pictures) are time-consuming, but the end result is enjoyable. When someone says, “I didn’t know that!” or “I love this page. I learn so much.” I am filled with joy. Spreading knowledge and sparking interest in the city’s history is very satisfying. So is their a struggle? The only struggle is not having enough time in the day to research, create and post.

Please tell us about Fort Worthy History – what should we know?
Fort Worthy History is not a business. I do not sell anything or profit from the post. I do it for the pure joy of spreading the knowledge of our city’s history. Making it clear how the past is still with us in many of the buildings still standing that we see today. Knowledge is empowering and it brings a sense of pride. I hope that as you walk the streets, or drive by a certain area of town you can share with others something you learned from Fort Worthy History.

What sets us apart from other social media accounts is the creative pictures we use. We use archived materials mixed with now day pictures to link the past with the present. If you can recognize it from today and see what it was in the past a solid connection is made, one that you will not forget. I am most proud of the way Fort Worthians have been drawn to the historic value of city’s past. They (the followers) are always ready to learn something new and can’t wait for another post. At Fort Worthy History we have created an online community of friends who support each other in their own creative works. We are always looking for a post to share (repost) from others that highlight our city and it’s past. We have come to know that we are not the only ones with a big heart for Fort Worth!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I have been working with historical facts/pictures/archives and using Fort Worthy History as an outlet for informing others since September 14, 2016. In the beginning, the interest was low but dedicated. Over the years I have seen a rise in interest. More and more continue to follow us every day. Once you could find authentic treasures online from the city’s past and now as historic knowledge has grown those authentic pieces are highly sought after and fewer are showing up. Retro Fort Worth is a growing avenue for what lies ahead. You will be seeing more and more business’ embracing the history of our city within the walls of their establishments. I look forward to the continued sharing of knowledge.

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Special Collection University of Texas Arlington, The Portal to Texas History

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