Wilton, Lyndeborough work to preserve school history
The committee is asking anyone who wants to share stories, photos or videos of the Wilton or Lyndeborough elementary schools to get in touch. A book and possible DVD will be available when the project is completed.
A plaque that accompanied a flag that was flown at the U.S. Capitol on May 19, 1992, by request of Congressman Dick Swett in honor of the Florence Rideout Elementary School was recently found in the basement at the school in Wilton as the town prepared for school construction project. 8Kathleen Baglio Humphreys
Recalling high school memories Current School Board member Joyce Fisk during a videotaped interview of her memories of attending high school in the 1895 school building in Wilton as part of a historic piece being conducted by the Elementary History Committee. Kathleen Baglio Humphreys
In preparing the Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton for demolition of part of the 1950 wing, historical artifacts were found in the basement including, ironically, photographs from when the wing was built.
Maybe in 50 years, this photograph of the June 23 groundbreaking ceremony at Frances Rider Elementary School will a valuable piece of school history but will be preserved by the new Elementary History Committee. Kathleen Baglio Humphreys
A photo of teacher Florence Rideout was found when preparing the school for a major construction project.
Before demolition of the old wing begins, committee members and volunteers have been interviewing former students, including current school board member Joyce Fisk, who was in the last class to graduate the school, and current students about their memories of times in the classroom.The 1950s wing will be demolished in two phases and replaced by a new building. The 1895 wing, including the gymnasium, will be renovated.
In Lyndeborough, multiple classrooms will be renovated to meet state kindergarten standards, and the SAU 63 staff will relocate there.When the construction is complete in September 2016, Wilton and Lyndeborough will share the elementary school in Wilton for grades 1 to 5 while prekindergarten and kindergarten students will be housed at Lyndeborough Central.For more information on the history project, contact elementary Principal Tim O'Connell at 654-9381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.