Local residents, alums contribute for Jefferson City school district’s 175th anniversary

Karen Enloe, left, and Laramie Thompson look over the items Myrene Duncan, right, brought in Monday evening at the Miller Performing Arts Center atrium. Duncan graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1949, and was sharing stories and photos from her time at school. The district is collecting items for a yearbook to celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2013.

Karen Enloe, left, and Laramie Thompson look over the items Myrene Duncan, right, brought in Monday evening at the Miller Performing Arts Center atrium. Duncan graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1949, and was sharing stories and photos from her time at school. The district is collecting items for a yearbook to celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2013. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Brittle and faded, the construction paper pages bound with string held precious photos of students and fellow teachers Joyce Phillips knew during her 23 years teaching in the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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Phillips also brought in boxed photos preserved by her late friend, Dorothy Lansdown, who also was a popular kindergarten teacher for many decades in the school district.

“You have a real treasure trove here,” Laramie Thompson said as Philips pulled out folders, envelopes and boxes.

Although worried about the future of these historical gems, Phillips and others who attended the first of three Memory Dates on Monday are contributing to a future scrapbook commemorating 175 years for the local public schools.

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