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Alumni will gather for reunion June 8

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Alumni of Johnstown High School should look forward to this year's gathering at the high school gym June 8.

"The doors will open at 5:30, and dinner will be served about 6 p.m. or so," said Terry Priest, of the Johnstown Historical Society.

Priest said the program would include the traditional format of honoring the 50-year class, which this year is the Class of 1963. Other classes with significant attendance will be recognized, too. He said he hopes three- or four-generation families of JHS graduates would make it a point to gather for this event.

"We'll recognize any classes that have enough people there," Priest said.

He said the entire event would be videotaped and become a part of the Bicentennial School History DVD, which could be available next spring or possibly by the end of this year.

"Please encourage your classmates to make a point of attending this year's event," Priest said.

He said the Johnstown Historical Society is looking to complete its collection of graduation programs. It has those from 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1970-2012.

"If the graduation program you have somewhere is in black and white, you can loan it to us, and we will make a replica and return the original to you," Priest said. "Another collection we have is graduation invitations."

The historical society has 1942, 1944, 1961, 1974, 1978, 2009 and 2010.

"If you have any of the ones we are missing, we would love to have them," he said. "Surprising as it may seem, we have more of the really older graduation invitations, programs and souvenirs."

He said the society also is looking for programs from 1894, 1900, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1925 and 1927.

"You will note that these were held at the Opera House because the old Academy on Kasson and College had no large area to observe these events," Priest said.

After 1927, all graduation events were held in the new high school at Maple and Oregon.

"Graduation and class reunion pictures and directories are always worth preserving," he said. "Any old school photos (including grade-school composites) are welcomed. We also collect programs from plays, banquets and special events."

Priest said anyone with questions should call 740-967-8721.

"Be included," he said.

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