- The historical treasures were uncovered tat Emerson High School in Oklahoma City last week while old chalkboards were being replaced
- Chalkboards were found unchanged in classrooms throughout the school dating back to late November 1917
- Math lessons appear on the boards, as does music instruction, penmanship lessons and lessons on the Pilgrims
Josh Gardner For Dailymail.com
09:15 EST, 7 June 2015
11:02 EST, 7 June 2015
Workers renovating an Oklahoma City high school last week were transported back nearly 100 years after uncovering chalkboards that have remained unchanged since Thanksgiving 1917.
The discovery came as old chalkboards were being removed in order to replace them with new whiteboards.
Underneath, workers found drawings of Pilgrims and turkeys, math instruction and penmanship lessons not seen since World War I.
Thanksgiving 1917: Renovations at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City last week led to the discovery of blackboards untouched since late November 1917
Perfect penmanship: Each classroom had a lesson about the Pilgrims on the board, some with cursive penmanship the likes of which is no longer seen in schools
‘The penmanship blows me away, because you don’t see a lot of that anymore,’ Principal Sherry Kishore told The Oklahoman. ‘Some of the handwriting in some of these rooms is beautiful.’
Written in perfect cursive on one board is a Thanksgiving lesson on the Pilgrims. On another, an old pledge of allegiance reads, ‘I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God, and one nation, indivisible, with justice for all.’
Math instruction on one room’s board was also a lesson in the teaching practices of the past for Kishore.
Etched in chalk was a wheel of numbers apparently used to teach multiplication. ‘I have never seen that technique in my life,’ she said.
Still colorful: The boards still feature the vivid drawings of school children, possibly made as they eagerly awaited a Thanksgiving break
The old ways: Etched in chalk was a wheel of numbers apparently used to teach multiplication. ‘I have never seen that technique in my life,’ Kishore said
Former pledge: A now forgotten pledge reads, ‘I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God, and one nation, indivisible, with justice for all’
More to come? Officials say there could still be more discoveries to come as the renovations move on to the Oklahoma school’s third floor
Several of the boards also bear the name of a custodian named R.J. Scott, whose family school officials are now trying to track down.
Also found stuck inside the school’s walls were report cards and newspaper clippings dating to Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.
‘See women’s $2.56 and $3 shoes,’ English teacher Cinthea Comer pointed out to KFOR.
For all the awe the discoveries have inspired, there could be more to come as the renovations move to the school’s third floor.
School authorities and the city are now deciding on just how they want to go about preserving the blackboards permanently.
‘To be able to see what’s here and what’s been here all along, hiding behind a board. It just makes you feel more of a part of history,’ said Kishore.
Music lesson: In addition to the math, penmanship and history lessons, workers uncovered this lesson in musical notation
‘Rules to keep clean’: The Oklahoma City of 1917 was not the rapidly growing energy hub it is today. One board teaches school children the proper methods of keeping clean