Reddit user breakmedown has posted photos of 98 year old drawings uncovered by Emerson High School when it replaced the chalkboards on campus.
Looking to upgrade the rooms with new whiteboards and smartboards, the workers had to first remove the outdated chalkboards.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 Thanksgiving.
The discovery has already impacted locals by reminding them of a past that’s now nearly a hundred years old. Oklahoma was a completely different place, with a completely different culture.
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 4, 1917.
Emerson staff and local historians are looking for ways to preserve the boards as a monument to the school’s history, and the legacy of our nation’s education system.
With any luck, generations to come will be able to learn from what was found on these boards, and who knows? Maybe all of those incorrect math problems and cartoonish dongs you scribbled across the whiteboards of your youth will someday be preserved in a museum too.