A first look at The Digital History of Education in Rutherford County, a project of the Educational Heritage Sub-Committee of the Rutherfordton 225th Anniversary Celebration is Thursday, August 2, 6 p.m. 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Rutherford County Schools Cool Springs Administrative Offices, 382 West Main Street Forest City, NC. Light refreshments will be served.
Retired educator Pat Morgan who with Rutherford County Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Barbara Parker has chaired the Educational Heritage Sub-Committee says, “The launch of this wonderful digital history has been months in the making, A dedicated group of former educators, current educators and the persons in the community provided photographs and comments and a variety of materials that have enabled us to begin the capture of this significant history. The breath of the materials and the significance of this educational legacy are most gratifying. We wish to invite every citizen, elected official, student, educator and former educator to share in the first look by joining us on August 2.”
The web based digital history has been developed by a sub-committee of the Rutherfordton 225th Anniversary Committee. The Committee has collected photographs, materials and personal commentary on schools of all type – public, private, church, one room, community based and many others. The history is organized by townships and includes historic photographs, personal interviews and other materials. Because of the scope of this project, the Committee has decided that this will be an on-going project to collect additional photographs and information.
The Committee introduces the digital history with this statement:
“Rutherford County is and has been a county on a journey seeking educational opportunity for its students to reach and sail beyond all their possibilities. The journey started in 1839 and has continued to the present…We realize the information on this site is incomplete. For this reason, the Committee will continue to collect information for a lasting legacy on education in Rutherford Count as we continue into this 21st century.”
The Celebration of Educational Heritage Sub-committee has been co-chaired Pat Morgan and Dr. Barbara Parker, Assistant Superintendent of Rutherford County Schools. Other members of this committee are Phillip White, Jackie Hampton, both retired Rutherford County educators and Hugh Moore of Spindale. Serving on the Committee and providing special assistance to the project are Sonja Smith, Director of Instructional Technology for Rutherford County Schools and Robin Salicki, RS Central High NCWise Data Manager and Rutherford County Schools Textbook Coordinator.
For additional information or to contribute information about any aspect of educational heritage for this digital history, please contact Robin Salicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phillip White (828) 657-6139.