School Stumbles Upon Chalkboards Filled With Lessons From 1917 During Renovation

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Classrooms at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City were getting a routine face lift when renovators accidentally uncovered an incredible glimpse into the history of American education.

Construction workers were removing chalkboards– taking them down to replace them with new Smart Boards– when they stumbled upon some older chalkboards underneath. Luckily, they stopped to examine the chalkboards before destroying them, and they quickly realized that the boards were from 1917… Nearly 100 years ago! Stuck underneath layers of other boards, these antique chalkboards had been preserved with the chalk still on them, providing an amazing view of life in a mid 20th century classroom.

Dates on the chalkboards were from November and December, 1917.

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“It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant, it looked like it was drawn the same day,” said English teacher Cinthea Comer. “To know that it was drawn 100 years ago… it’s like you’re going into a looking glass into the past.”

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All photos via:  Shareably.net

Talk about an excited and interesting blast from the past! 

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