Monday, July 30, 2007

Class of 1937 yearbook available on Flickr

As part of my ongoing effort to write a history of Madison Central High School, I've been acquiring copies of the school yearbooks. Most of the ones I have are hardbound and are not easily scanned or photocopied.

However, I recently acquired a copy of The Orange and Black yearbook for the Class of 1937. During the 1930s and the Great Depression, publication of the Tychoberahn was suspended. Instead of 100+ pages, the yearbooks from the 1930s tend to have about 40 pages. Because the pages are stapled rather than bound, it was fairly easy for me to scan them without damaging anything.

I've scanned all 36 pages of the 1937 edition of The Orange and Black, plus the front and back covers (both inside and out) and posted them on the Central Alumni Flickr account. You may view each page individually, or click on the set and use the slide show option.

The resolution on my scanner is not high, but it seems to be acceptable for this project. The yearbook pages were slightly wider than the scanner screen, but I've done my best to capture everything on the page. The only things you may not be able to read are some of the autographs (like all the yearbooks I've acquired, this one is "pre-owned," but because there are so many autographs, I haven't been able to determine the owner's name).

Please let me know what you think of this online yearbook. Eventually, I would like all of the Madison Central High School yearbooks to be available online -- and to be indexed as well. Indexing is expensive, as are server charges: That's why I'm experimenting with Flickr as a low cost, interim option. A generous donation from the Class of 1956 is helping to pay the annual cost of the now upgraded Flickr account. The upgrade allows for an unlimited number of photos and sets. Prior to the upgrade, the account was limited to 200 photos and 3 sets.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Class of 1943 Annual Reunion

The Madison Central High School Class of 1943 will hold its 64th reunion next Wednesday, July 24, 2007 at the Elks Club in Madison, according to an email I received from Selma Dewey Calnan.

Tom and Dorothy Jafferis, who were high school sweethearts, have been keeping track of the alumni for 50 years.

The class voted to meet every year because "we don't want to take any chances!" It draws alumni from Hawaii, California, Florida and the states where they settled down after service in WWII.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Activity update

Most of what I've been posting, lately on the Madison Central High School blogs has been a bit behind the scenes. I continue to update the obituary archives. Recently, for instance, I've posted obituaries for a member of the Class of 1920 and a member of the Class of 1967 in the archives for obituaries published after 1990. I've also posted an obituary for a member of the Class of 1966 and a member of the Class of 1907 (whose five children later graduated from Central, too) in the archives for obituaries published prior to 1990.

The Blogger search engine (upper left hand corner of the blog) has been greatly improved. If you're looking for a particular person or date, try using it. And, as always, if you have a copy of an obituary for someone who is not yet included in the archives, please contact me so I can add it.

I continue to do research about the history of Central, but don't have the time to write about all my discoveries, especially since I've started a personal blog covering a wider range of subjects. I hope you'll take time to visit it, too. Tonight, I posted a continuation of the "Dirty dancing" and "Puking in the parking lot" posts there. When they were originally published here in January, they prompted a lot of comments. I hope more people will join in the conversation now that I've resumed it in a more general forum.