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Historical and Genealogy Gems Saved from the Dump

Over the past years I have cleaned out the homes of several family members.  All of the homes had been occupied for almost fifty years or more.  A few of the homes had been the residence of several generations of the family. In all instances the person’s home was full of what many would consider “junk”. Before having everything hauled to the dump, I cleaned out the homes and was able to preserve numerous artifacts that documented the history of various institutions in the community. I decided to share some of the items in a blog post as a reminder of how we all can take an active role in preserving local history.  I plan to donate the items to various archives and historical societies in the community.


 

People’s Congregational Church

Church bulletins

Church bulletins

Notebooks containing the records of the deaconess board

Notebooks containing the records of the Deaconess Board

Letter to Deaconess Board

Cards, notes and letters sent to the Deaconess Board

 

Book of selected sermons by Pastor A. Knighton Stanley, Pastor

Book of selected sermons by Pastor A. Knighton Stanley, Pastor

 

Deaconess Board and guests

Deaconess Board and guests

 


 

District of Columbia Public Schools

 

Terrell Junior High School 1947 Newsletter

Terrell Junior High School 1947 Newsletter

Sousa Jr High Commencement Program 1972

Sousa Junior High School 1972 Commencement Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardoza High School MidYear Class 1944

Cardoza High School MidYear Class 1944

 


District of Columbia Fire Department

The Vocal Alarm Newsletter

Retired Firefighter’s Association of Washington DC Newsletter

Retired Fireman's Association Directory

Retired Fireman’s Association Directory

 

DC Fire Department Engine Company No 13 - February 1954

DC Fire Department Engine Company No 13 – February 1954

 


Howard University

The Bison - Howard University Yearbook 1949

The Bison – Howard University Yearbook 1949

Howard University Pendant

 

 

 

Howard University Graduation - June 3, 1949

Howard University Graduation – June 3, 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DC Youth Orchestra Program

DC Youth Orchestra Button 1969 DC Youth Orchestra Program 1972

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  1. Janet Booker Tennent
    November 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Marion, I think it is great you were able to save all of that history from the dump Ironically I and several other people from my church were recently able to do the same. We were in the process of having construction on our church which was founded in 1893. The current building was built in 1955. Records of the women of the church and some other records were found and some wanted to just dump the items. A few of us convinced them to keep them and downsize what was there but to not just throw away a rich history.
    I am happy to report that today at church we had a viewing of all what we considered to be the important documents and history of the women of the church. I am thankful that I was able to be a large part of the saving of such important items. Some has suggested I become the archivist of these items which means they may end up being stored in my house. If that becomes the case I will put in bold red letters, “Do Not Destroy Important History of the Women’s Group of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church”.
    Thank you for all you do in such important work in your family and community.
    Janet Booker Tennent

    • November 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Janet.

      Congratulations for taking an active role in preserving the history of your church. I would suggest that instead of keeping the historical records at your house you donate them to an archive or library. I believe Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church is in Montgomery County, Maryland. You can check with the Montgomery County Historical Society to see if they would be interested in the records or the Montgomery County Library system. You may want to check out this link on Donating Your Organization’s Records to a Repository for more suggestions.

  2. sue mardres
    November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Marion,
    Enjoyed reading about the finds and glad to hear you will donate someplace. Reminded me that I have some records from the establishment of my church in W. Hyattsville. There are members names, and things the women’s class did to help build and maintain the church. I was going to give them back to the church, but after a former minister destroyed all of the files I don’t know what is left, so also plan to donate them someplace. Another person could do the same thing as that minister. Now I need to find the records while I am downsizing!

    • November 20, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Hi sue,

      I am glad you enjoyed the post. It is great you are interested in preserving the history of your church. I suggest you donate the records to the county. historical society.

      Marion

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