We recently received this program for the dedication of Cornelia Elementary School, dated Sunday, November the 6th, 1960 at 3:00 p.m.
When first saw it, I thought (honestly) "Happy belated 50th, Cornelia School!" We at the Edina Historical Society tend to notice big anniversaries and birthdays, and this one went by last year without us noticing. (I'm not sure if the school celebrated the milestone or not.)
So, after it sunk in that I missed the big 5-0 for Cornelia, I noticed a few other things:
1. When Cornelia opened, it was a big deal for both the city and the school district. For the first time, the two governmental units worked together to create a joint school playground/city park on the 25-acre open space next to Cornelia. Village Manager Warren Hyde and Superintendent of Schools Milton Kuhlman discuss the significance of the project on the last page of the program.
2. Those milk bottles in the school lunch photo. I grew up with the paper box cartons that kids still drink from today. Are these really glass? And what was on the menu that day? Even with a magnifying glass I can't identify the food on their trays. Apparently, it was popular because I don't notice anyone eating lunches from home.
3. The dedication was on a Sunday and featured prayers from two Protestant ministers. I don't think most school staff (and families) would appreciate spending a family day at school any more. While schools today seldom mix religion with school events, not that long ago (former students tell me), classes were dismissed during the school day so that students could attend religion classes.
Those more familiar with the school may notice more changes since 1960. I do know that the playground underwent a few upgrades. New equipment was installed this year to replace 13-year-old play structures. (See more on the new playground in the Edina Sun-Current and on the project's web site.)
What observations do you have about this 51-year-old dedication program? Or tell me about your Edina school lunch and give me the scoop on those milk bottles. Leave a comment here or email me.
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