Picture Your School Days
First-time visitors to the Onoway
Museum are only a few steps in the door when, almost
invariably, they step up for a closer look at the
school photos hung on the wall.
When Onoway and District Historical Guild moved into
the old Onoway Elementary School (OES) in summer 2007
(right on the heels of the departing staff and
students), one of the wonderful gifts left behind for
the future museum was the collection of class photos.
Each year, starting in the 1986-87 school year, a
large framed photo collage of the individual students
of grade 6 classes was created. Later, a yearly
composite of the whole school incorporated a photo of
each OES class.
Visitors start browsing the
photos, and then soon are looking for a family
member, relative, friend or themselves. Display
space is limited so the 42 large pieces are rotated
on a regular basis.
Other "gifts" inherited from OES
include numerous plaques and trophies. These range
from the 1966 Farm Safety Essay Award (for gr. 5 and
6) to the Legion Music Award for Best Overall Choir
in 1979 to the Staff Car Rally in 1985. Although not
inherited from OES, the museum collection also
includes school trophies and awards won by students
of Beaupré School (Onoway's first school);
witness the W. Ledger trophy for the Onoway Track
Meet in 1938.
These photos and awards are great
ways to help remember school days – classmates,
teachers, and the fun you had. The museum would
welcome school photos (especially black and white
ones) of Onoway and district schools which could be
added to the collection.