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A look back at the past

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tears shone in Teresa Gill's eyes as she recognized her father in several photos on display in the Shelbyville Central High School library recently. School librarians hope to identify several photos discovered over the summer with the assistance of the community. See some of the photos in Wednesday's T-G.
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Librarians at Shelbyville Central High School invited not only incoming freshman students to visit during a recent Open House, but alumni as well.

Using displays of found photos archived in the library's media center, the exhibit hoped give students a glimpse into their school's past. Many of the photos date back to the 1940s.

History on display

"SCHS has a long and proud tradition," said Librarian Dona Northcutt, who transferred from Harris Middle School to the high school over the summer.

"The goal of the exhibit was not only to allow our incoming freshmen an opportunity to see the Eagle Spirit evolve over the years, but to invite help to identify the many faces captured in the pictures."

"The best part was seeing SCHS alumni who showed up with yearbooks in hand to help identify Eagles from the past," said Northcutt.

Instructor Teresa Gill was visiting the school library one afternoon and noticed the photos on display. Tears brimmed in her eyes as she pointed to her father Auburn Wheeler's photo, "That's my daddy. And that's my daddy," she smiled.

Sharing photos

The next step for Northcutt and fellow librarian Heather Richards is to scan and place the photos on the school's Facebook page and the school's library page.

"We also hope that other alumni or their family members who have photos they would like to share will do so," said Richards. "We will be glad to scan the photographs so they will not have to give up their originals."

"We hope to build our archives of the many faces that have helped make SCHS what it is," Northcutt said.

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