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SCH creates new archive showcasing Springside and CHA history

Jenny Gellhorn
The new archives room is becoming the old archives room, moving from The Inn to the Thornley Middle School.

This year SCH faculty are creating a new archives room on the middle school campus for alumni, students, and families who are curious about the school’s history. This archive will include old documents such as play scripts, school newspapers, and photographs when Springside and CHA were separate schools. In addition to the new archives room, there will be an online database where most of the documents will be in PDF format.

SCH Upper School Librarian Dan Pevear is one of the main contributors to the new archives project. He explained how the archives system works and what materials are needed: “First you need materials which are typically literary magazines, school play scripts, newspapers, yearbooks, photos, and everything of interest produced by the day to day activities of the school.” He also estimated when the combination of the two archives will be finished: “ It will most likely be done within the next year or two.” 

SCH Teacher, Head Football Coach, and SCH Alum Rick Knox talked about why this new alumni project is important not only for alumni but also for use in the classroom: “It is important for an institution that’s been around for over one hundred years to have historical documents for people to look at to keep the school’s history alive.” When asked if it was important for students to learn about the school’s history he said, “Yes, definitely. In different classes, I could see different reasons students could use the archive.” Mr. Knox is happy with how the archives project is coming out and is excited for when it becomes fully digitized.

SCH Senior Tucker DeLisle talked about what the archive means to him as a current student: “As a student, the archive does not mean as much to me as it would if I were an alum.” Tucker added, “It will be something I want to look at after I graduate to bring me back to when I was a student.”

Many faculty members have dedicated their time and resources to making this archive special. While students may not understand its relevance now, they are looking forward to seeing the work they’re creating now in the archives room when they come to visit in the future.

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    AmeliaFeb 9, 2024 at 10:12 am

    I like how you talk about what the archives will mean to future alumni. I think its really cool to write piece about the collection of knowledge and how important it is to have archives.