In partnership with the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Warwick Valley Central School District (WVCSD) is planning several activities and events. One of the first events is an exhibit of memorable and historic issues of the Warwick Valley High School newspaper, The Survey, assembled by the current Survey co-editors and faculty advisor, Ms. Denise Markt. The issues are on display in the WVCSD District Office, located in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, 225 West St. in Warwick. Community members are invited to view the exhibit of historic newspapers and artifacts.
Some highlights of the display include:
- A bound volume of the original newspaper/news book, The Survey, from the 1920s, which came to the school district via a call from a woman in South Carolina whose elderly relative, originally from Warwick, had saved it. The volume was a treasure the woman kindly donated to the high school journalism students.
- Single editions of The Survey from the 1930s, 40s, (50/60s – one is missing), 70s, 80s, and 90s.
- An original copy of the Pine Island elementary newspaper, donated by former Pine Island Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Jane Hamburger.
- Many historic events are represented in these newspapers, including wedding announcements from the 1940s and 50s, with students’ favorite song listed as Elvis Presley’s song, “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” to a student analysis of the Vietnam War, bell bottom fashions, an editorial on smoking lounges and personal ads.
- A photo of a journalism student shaking hands with then first lady, Hillary Clinton.
- A more recent section on students’ reaction to the 9/11 tragedy, complete with a very recent article written by Ashley Fodor, whose father, Lieutenant Michael Fodor, perished in 9/11 when Ashley was one of the Editors-in-Chief of The Survey. This is accompanied by a copy of the September 2016 edition of Refinery 29 Magazine, which published a touching reflection piece written by Ashley.
- The change in technology is represented, from a typewriter which required “white out” liquid correction fluid for every error, to a Polaroid instant camera, to a handheld cassette recorder, to a digital camera, and now to a keyboard, with just about everyone armed with a high quality voice and video recorder in their cell phone.
Village of Warwick to celebrate Sesquicentennial in 2017
The Village of Warwick will celebrate its 150 year anniversary next year and plans for the 2017 Sesquicentennial are underway. Celebrations will take place throughout the year, including annual events and Sesquicentennial events. Plans include parades, picnics and contests for all ages. The 50-year-old time capsule will be dug up and another one will be buried in its place. The Sesquicentennial website features historic Warwick photos, upcoming events, links to local history websites, a timeline of the history and development of the Village, and more. For more information visit www.warwick150.org/ or to to the Facebook page at Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial.