eSomethin group looking into the past
Some of the eSomethin staff visited Way Public Library on Monday to look through the school archives. The group is investigating the history of the school and some of its first alumni.
“The day off school seemed like the perfect time to go,” said Tim Kitson, eSomethin adviser . “And, it was fitting we learned about local history on MLK day. I’m really glad we went.”
The group was able to read through the first publication of The Somethin’, first printed in the early 1900s. The Somethin’ was Perrysburg High School’s printed newspaper for about 90 years. It was replaced with eSomethin in 2012.
“It’s cool to see how similar we are to students who graduated so long ago,” said Olivia Henthorn, referring to alumni from the class of 1915. “Some things have changed, but some things haven’t.”
Morgan Gnepper was interested the individual quotations seniors published in the yearbook in 1915. She mentioned that, “You can compare the message of most of these sayings to today’s rap lyrics… in a good way. They’re inspiring.”
Joy Wagener, an English teacher and former newspaper teacher herself, decided to join the group.
“I think local history is interesting,” she said. “The writing style is so different from students today. They took eight whole pages to describe graduation. Wow.”
Katie Pach, a senior and eSomethin veteran, was really taken with the pictures in the school’s newspapers and yearbooks. “Some of the poses these kids struck…. wow,” she said flipping through the pages.
This year’s graduating class is the 150th in Perrysburg’s history. eSomethin is working to compile information from the library’s archive for an end-of-year video celebrating the event.
Overall, Mr. Kitson thought the day was a huge success.
“It’s rewarding to see the students connect with the school’s history. It builds a sense of pride knowing that you’re a part of something historic,” he said. “I hope we can take more trips like this in the future.”
If you have a piece of Perrysburg school history that dates back more than 100 years, please contact Mr. Kitson via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.