The Historical Society of Mount Airy is collecting graduation photos from Mount Airy High School’s students.
If you or someone you know graduated from Mount Airy High School between 1912 through 1967, the Historical Society of Mount Airy is collecting graduation photos for those years.
Althea Miller, an active member of the Historical Society of Mount Airy stated in an email interview that the schools have been an important part of the history of Mount Airy and that people love looking at class pictures.
Miller and other members of the society, including, B.J. Dixon, Diann Linton, and the president, Mike Eacho, came up with the idea of the graduation photographs display at the museum.
Miller explained that they moved in August to their new museum and they thought that it would be a good idea to have an exhibition like this one. She did say that they had some graduation pictures but some were too large and some had been damaged by water leaks.
Miller also mentioned that Eacho has been planning and brainstorming ideas of displaying the photographs via use of an interactive kiosk design.
Eacho also emphasized, in an email interview, that he and the other members of the society realized that the interactive video display is a great way to showcase the pictures.
“We have contracted a company in Alabama to design and produce this display. It will allow a visitor to enter a person’s name of a graduating class and the exhibit will display the class photo,” explained Eacho.
Eacho stated that they have been collecting many graduation pictures, but they are still missing many of them. This is why the society is encouraging everyone in the community to submit their pictures.
He explained that the school was open from 1912 through 1967 and that there was no graduating class in 1913 because requirements changed from 10th grade graduation to 11th grade. Also, there was no graduating class for 1950 because graduation moved from 11th grade to 12th.
At this point, Eacho said they are missing graduation pictures for the years: 1912, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928 1929, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1939, 1941.
“We may never get them all, but we have high hopes of at least acquiring a few more,” stated Eacho.
Eacho stated that the exhibit should be ready for the first viewing at the end of December and that all of the pictures will be borrowed and copied to be used for the display. All of the originals will be returned to their owners.
Also, The Historical Society of Mount Airy is promoting their three new publications, which are “A Vision of Home,” “A Rolling Slice of History on Main Street, Mackenzie Comes Home to Mount Airy,” and “The Mt. Airy and B&O Story.”
“A Vision of Home” is a book that tells the story of Mount Airy from its earliest days through its Centennial Year, 1996.
“A Rolling Slice of History on Main Street, Mackenzie Comes Home to Mount Airy,” is a compilation of photographs and stories that describe the history and restoration of the B&O Railroad caboose C-2095, “Mackenzie.” This book was written by Michael and Nanci O’Brien.
“The Mt. Airy and B&O Story” is about the B&O Railroad’s construction and the impact that it had on the people and history of Mount Airy and the surrounding area. This book was written by Mr. Herman B. Beck.
These books are available at the Blossom and Basket Boutique in Mount Airy, and all proceeds go to the fabrication of new museum displays and the maintenance of the Historical Society’s collection of artifacts.
The Historical Society of Mount Airy is also displaying an HO scale model of the Mount Airy rail yard with running trains.
The society is working daily to bring to the community new exhibitions and more historical knowledge.
The museum is open every Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., during all town special events, and by appointment. Starting in January, they are also going to be open Fridays from noon until 4 p.m.
“We all hope you will come down and visit our museum and learn a little bit about our town so you will know why we have all worked so hard to create this museum and its exhibits,” stated Eacho.
For more information about The Historical Society of Mount Airy or to submit your graduation pictures, you can contact Bonnie McElroy at email@example.com.
The Mount Airy Museum is located in the historic Train Station, located at 1 N. Main Street.
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