Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Some Good News


Yearbook stash peek at history

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Do you wonder what your boss looked like 40 years ago? Or maybe your best buddy ... or maybe yourself?

Also, if you want to give a birthday party for a friend, maybe 40th or 50th, and you want a special surprise.

How about a display of a high school yearbook?

It could probably be found at the Main Library's Education & Religion Department. The library has more than 1,000 collections of high school and college yearbooks.

Some of the oldest high school collections are: Walnut Hills, 1902; Woodward, 1904; Rugby School in Covington, 1905; Hughes, 1907; and the College Preparatory School for Girls, 1907.

It has an 1888 yearbook for Ohio State University, a 1906 yearbook for Denison College and a 1908 Miami University yearbook.

"Old yearbooks can be a lot of fun, but by browsing through them you can pick up some history,'' said Charles Nuckolls, a former high school principal. Mr. Nuckolls is involved in the John Parker Project in Ripley, helping to restore the former slave's house.

Don Baker, reference librarian said they can be a study in cultural as different ethnic clubs develop. They can be snapshots of miniskirts, bellbottoms, and accessories such as cat-eye glasses, peace symbol necklace, and hairstyles. "I was looking through a 1940 Withrow yearbook and saw pictures of students speaking out about World War II.''

He said by flipping through class photos from the 1950s through the 1980s, you can watch desegregation unfold before your eyes.

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The Feed The Hungry Community Choir will conducted its 12th Annual concert at 5 p.m., Sunday at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 801 William Howard Taft Rd., Walnut Hills.

Price of admission is canned goods and non-perishable food to be donated to St. John Social Service in Over-the-Rhine.

Irene W. Lewis, founder and director of Calvary's Cupboard Outreach Committee which sponsors the concert, said about 50 people from different churches are in the choir.

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Covington Police and children from Covington Independent schools will spend a day of shopping and eating together Friday during the shop with cop annual program..

For more information, call Michelle Robinson, 859-292-2256.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.




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