Sunday, December 07, 2008

All six Madison Central High School blog templates have been updated; plus how you can contribute to this ongoing project

This blog was only intended to involve a short-term commitment of time – from the summer of 2005 until the Class of 1965's 40th reunion in October 2005. Instead, it's become a long term project and has acquired five siblings: one for the history of Madison Central High School, one for obituaries of alumni who died after 1990, one for obituaries of alumni who died prior to 1990, one for faculty and administrator obituaries, and one for alumni news and reunion announcements.

Unless you've used some of the links post texts or in the sidebar, you may not have even been aware that there were other Central blogs – especially since most Class of 1965 obituaries are posted on this blog, as are many teacher obituaries.

In the past several weeks, I've upgraded and customized the templates for all six CHS blogs in order to make them easier to navigate, as well as encourage people to take a look at their contents. In the sidebar to the right of this post, you'll find a list of the other blogs that includes a brief excerpt from the latest post. I hope you'll be curious enough to visit some of them. Among recent posts on some of the other blogs are the following: an obituary for an obituary for James Dalbec, Class of 1966; an obituary for Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, Class of 1927, renowned for his work in cancer surgery (post-dated to reflect the original publication date); an obituary for Alfred Patek, Class of 1876, a newspaperman who staked his reputation on a hunch about the Titanic disaster – and won.

On the history blog there two recent posts listing the names (and occasional biographic information) of the members of the Class of 1907, a class that included Gladys Owen, who married legendary University of Wisconsin economics professor "Wild Bill" Kiekhofer; Alfred Buser, captain of the undefeated 1912 UW football team,; and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Timothy Brown. The alumni and reunion blog features information about the upcoming Class of 1964 reunion.

Other new features include links on the history blog to complete editions of the 1935 and 1937 Orange & Black yearbooks (the name for the Tychoberahn during the 1930s), as well as to the complete archives for The Madison Mirror. Several of the blogs also feature highlights from (and links to) the CHS Alumni Flickr account.

Contributions welcome (and encouraged)

And speaking of that Flickr account, if you enjoy reading these blogs and checking out the photographs, perhaps you'll consider making a donation to the cause. The Alumni Flickr account is at capacity (200 images) right now. A donation of $25 would allow me to upgrade that account to "Pro" status for a year; this allows unlimited images to be uploaded and visible. Donations also help support expenses such as the server space I'm beginning to use to upload and make available PDF files, and the cost of making copies of obituaries, graduation lists, and other CHS-related stories on microfilm.

In addition to cash donations, I'm always eager to accept donations of Madison Central High School yearbooks from 1900-1969. Most are called Tychoberahn, but during the 1930s and 1940s, the yearbooks were also called Orange & Black and The Mirror. I'm also interested in paper ephemera (graduation programs, photographs, reunion lists). Eventually, all of this material will be archived in a local library.

If you have copies of alumni obituaries that do not yet appear in the more than 600 I've posted thus far, I'd appreciate copies. I'm also interested in any tips about alumni in the news. And if you want to be a guest blogger, I'm certainly interested in that, too.

If you're willing to contribute in any way – cash, yearbooks, paper ephemera, photographs, blog posts, send me an e-mail. If you want to talk, include a telephone number and I'll get back to you in a timely manner.

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