Yearbooks preserve school history

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Yearbooks are history books, too.

I agree with the last letter to the editor, “Yearbooks are teaching tools.” It doesn’t matter if there are errors. The previous article went over all that. What’s important is that yearbooks are history books, too. Most history books have errors that were not caught in editing and a lot of them even have historical fact errors. We still need them, correct or not.

Yearbooks are a significant method of recording our history. They show our progress through school, events that we took part in, and who were our classmates. There is also a lot of history in what the kids write in their yearbooks at the end of the year. Have you ever read what they write in those yearbooks? They write notes to their friends and express their opinions. There is some pretty good poetry and prose, too. Those are good memories that shouldn’t be lost. That’s history.

People are always going back through their old yearbooks usually looking for an old classmate, a relative or when an event took place. Since everyone did not keep their old yearbooks, they come to the museum looking for them. We have a lot of inquiries.

I want to ask you to bring the old yearbooks that you no longer need to the Mansfield Historical Museum. The museum wants to expand their collection of yearbooks. It started out with only Mansfield High School yearbooks, but now we have five more high schools with no yearbooks representing them.

We do not have yearbooks from the following: Timberview, Summit, Legacy, Frontier or Lake Ridge. From Mansfield High School, we are missing years prior to 1946, and 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 and later.

If you have old yearbooks or got one at a garage sale, you can contribute them to the museum. They will be greatly appreciated.


Vern Raven

Mansfield Historical Museum

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