Thursday, October 13, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent October 2

Classmates: I have info on several items/events, sent by other classmates, and I have decided to just send out as I received it. So....look forward to it and back to 'original' format soon. gjw
Appreciate this from Peggy (Elledge) Long:

Dear Friends and LHS Graduates:
Phase One through Four of renovation of our [old] LHS into the new Lawton City Hall is finally completed……and it looks wonderful. The City of Lawton will be having an Open House to introduce it to the community and other interested people from 1:00-5:00pm on Friday, October 7.

They will then have a Building Dedication Ceremony at 5:00-6:00pm on Tuesday, October 11 before the first City Council meeting in the LHS Auditorium. James Brock, Class of 1948, will be Master of Ceremonies for the occasion. The auditorium has been restored as much as possible to its original d├ęcor as we remember it from our days there. The chairs are red velvet and in the style of the originals. You are all invited to attend either of the events.

Would also like to let you know that the first phase of the Oral History Project for LHS is nearing completion. I have interviewed 62 graduates from 1930 to the late 1940’s. Thirty of those have been edited and will be available for viewing on the interactive kiosk in the Archive Room which holds memorabilia from our days there. We have also decorated five lockers outside the room with mementos representing early LHS. I hope you will drop in sometime and see some of the interviews which are full of really old memories.

If you would like to be interviewed as we begin the second phase with an emphasis on the classes of 1950-1954, please give me a call at 580/248-4680 or 580/695-6625. I particularly want to know when out-of-towners are coming this way. Unfortunately, we can only video on week days as Jim Whitely, the camera man, works at the Museum of the Great Plains and is only available during the week.

Auditorium chairs are still available to be bought for $500. A plaque with your name or your family name will be affixed to the back of the chair and you can designate the copy. Also available are packets of 20 note cards with a wonderful engraving of the school on the front for $10. If you live out of town, please include $2. for postage. They are great for thank you notes or other personal messages.
Peggy (Elledge) Long, Class of 1954


It was also mentioned, the Class of 1954 is taking up donations to buy one of the auditorium chairs, which would be special since theirs was the last Senior class to graduate from that building. Please send your donation to '54 classmate Janette Hanes at 12314 West Westgate Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375 or call her at 602/881-1823 or e-mail her at JHANES@STELLAR.NET

Perhaps classes that graduated from the old building might also want to consider buying a chair?

I was told the dedication on October 11 was the more important of the two events, in case you can't do both.

Regards to all and hoping to see many of you at these events. This is the building many of us only knew as our [Central] Junior High. Georgia

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