This is what visitors saw last week when they walked into the Edina History Museum: piles of stuff.
Well, to be honest, we have piles of stuff most days, but we try to keep them somewhat under control and out of the public eye. Last week, however, we had piles on the floor and all the way down our 10-foot long table in our research library as we started organizing a huge collection of Edina High School memorabilia collected by former teachers Delmar and Lavonne Frederickson.
Here's Del from a 1988 Edina East yearbook.
Lavonne also worked for Edina schools off and on throughout their marriage (so I didn't immediately locate her photo). Their son Kent (Edina East Class of 1978) brought in the school collection he found as he was settling his parents' estate. His mother died three months ago and his father died in 1991.
As he pointed out, he and his family have no reason to keep programs for Coronation Balls, theater productions and award banquets that occurred before they were born. While he values the stuff from his own high school years, his parents kept everything from their entire careers advising student council, theater, prom and other school activities.
I love the prom mementos, like this (complete with a tiny pencil so students could record the names of their date, their favorite song, the time they got home and other details of the big night.)
Thanks to the Fredericksons, we now have commencement programs from the first in 1951 to 1988.
Kent assured us that we could recycle or give away what we didn't think was useful, and I assured him that I thought we would keep everything. In fact, many school reunion groups ask for items just like these. While they may have saved their "stuff," they often can't find anything 25 or 50 years later among their boxes in storage, attics, basements or still at their parents' home.
We are beyond happy to get the collection, although we do have some work ahead of us, sorting like items with like and putting them in chronological order. We also have a small stack of photos (and one large framed Homecoming court portrait) to identify. (If you know what year this photo was taken, we can probably find the names in the yearbook.)
The collection has already grabbed the attention of every visitor, who first exclaims over the many piles of stuff when they first walk in the door. And every person who takes a closer look sees treasures.
Do you have "treasures" that you no longer want but are too good to throw away? The Edina Historical Society values anything that tells Edina's story, from old phone books to election flyers to Little League uniforms to... the list goes on and on. Call me at 612-928-4577 or email me with questions.
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