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|District 205 Finds Grade Records of Reagan, Sandburg
|POSTED 2:33pm 4/24/12 The Galesburg School District has unearthed a couple pieces of history, and now the Galesburg Public Library will take possession of them.
The District-205 Board Monday night voted to give two old grade books to the Library's archives so they can be better stored. One teacher's grade book from Silas Willard Elementary School covers the years 1913 to 1920 and has records of when late President Ronald Reagan went to school there in the first grade in 1918.
The other is a grade book covering the old Douglas School from 1879 to 1903, which indicates poet Carl Sandburg was there from 1885 to 1889.
"[The Library's] archivist, Patty Mosher, has examined the documents and said 'We can put these in a controlled environment and can preserve them forever.' We do not have that capability in the school district. In fact, it scares me just a little bit what might happen to them if we don't take good care of them."
That's District-205 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Joel Estes, who says the grade books indicate that both Reagan and Sandburg were pretty good students. Sandburg, among other findings, spent only a short amount of time in 5th grade before being promoted to 6th grade.
The books were recently found in the basement of Silas Willard.
(District-205 Assistant Superintendent Joel Estes holds up Monday night a copy of a Silas Willard grade book containing records with Ronald Reagan was a student of there.)
(A grade book from the old Douglas School containing Carl Sandburg's grade records. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|04 24 12 by Newsroom
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