CATEGORY: Tupelo Stories

AUTHOR: MORRIS

HED:Tupelo museum trying to find class pictures

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

Officials with the Oren F. Dunn Museum are trying to find the best-looking graduating class in Tupelo High School history.

Not really, but curator Angie McDevitt is looking for graduation pictures from before 1970.

"We're trying to get originals, but if we can only get copies, that's fine," she said. "We can make a really good copy of it and then have a really good negative."

However, it's cost-prohibitive to make copies of the large photos that can be as big as 3 feet by 4 feet. The museum already has a collection of large photos as well 11-inch by 14-inch varieties.

"We're just trying to collect all of them," she said.

The museum currently has photos from 1903, 1904, 1908, 1926, 1927, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1956, 1958 and 1959.

"Space is limited, so we display them on rotation," McDevitt said. "If someone came in and we didn't have their class hanging, we'd gladly show them their year if we have it."

She said some of the photos collected so far have been stored in less-than-ideal conditions. If someone happens to have a graduation photo in an attic or storage building, museum officials would be happy to provide a safe environment for the photograph.

There's no need for photos from the '70s, '80s or '90s because graduation pictures for these years are easy to come by, but keep them in good condition because the museum could come calling in another 30 years or so, McDevitt said.

To make a donation or for more information, call McDevitt at (662) 841-6438 or Bill Lyle at (662) 767-9512.

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