began work on four classrooms of
Looking to upgrade the rooms with new whiteboards and
smartboards, the workers had to first remove the outdated chalkboards. But when
they began to pull away the old boards, they made a startling discovery
Beneath the current boards rested another set of chalkboards
- untouched for nearly 100 years. Protected and totally undisturbed, the
century-old writings and drawings looked like they were made just yesterday.
Here, a November calendar rolls into December. A turkey marks the celebration of
Look at the top of this blackboard below!
A multiplication table gives us a glimpse into the
curriculum and methods taught in 1917, techniques perhaps lost in the passage of
time. When regarding a wheel of multiplication, Principal Sherry Kishore told
The Oklahoman, "I have never seen that technique in my life."
Within each of the four rooms, the subject matter and
lessons mirrored one another - indicating, as an
And though the boards' style and subject matter might be
unfamiliar to younger folks, they certainly resonate with older generations.
Principal Kishore told The Oklahoman what it was like to show her 85-year-old
mother the boards: "She just stood there and cried. She said it was exactly
like her classroom was when she was going to school."
But these boards actually predate Principal Kishore's mother
by 13 years. Two dates were found on the boards: November 30, 1917, and December
Some of the writings and drawings were done by students,
while others were made by teachers - but I'm not always clear whose is whose.
Regardless, the work is a striking look into days long gone.
While reading the boards - like this one listing "My Rules To Keep
Clean" - the past comes alive in a very personal way.
English teacher Cinthea Comer told The Oklahoman, "It
was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn the
same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago. it's like you're going into a
looking glass into the past."
Built in 1895,
When removing old chalkboards in the past, contractors have
only found broken pipes and wires, so this is a shocking surprise.
Hopefully, the spirit of these teachers and their students
will be enjoyed for many years to come. Who knew that scribbles on a chalkboard
could become such a precious piece of history.