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Toronto museum honors graduates

Although the Main Street Museum in Toronto is not opening its doors to the public this season, the Historical Society remains busy planning ways “to keep everyone excited about our local history while we stay at home,” noted President Carolyn Walker. “We will be decorating our windows each month with a different theme,” she added. The windows appropriately are decorated in honor of the Toronto High School Class of 2020. “Thanks to the efforts of the school principal, Betsy Jones, we were able to obtain pictures of the seniors in their cap and gown taken by Newbrough Photo,” Walker explained. “The windows are colorful, and because we did not want our alumni to feel left out, we added a revolving photo frame that displays pictures of the graduating classes back to 1913. The photo frame activates from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening in the left window.” Toronto schools’ first graduating class was in 1889 with four graduates — Jennie Harmon, Dean Knagi, Mrs. B. Alban and Ella McDole. “Mr. Knagi and Ella McDole went on to become teachers in the school system,” Walker said. The historical society also will be posting pictures and stories about local events, buildings and people on its Facebook page. There are still some copies of “The Era of Elegance” available for sale. The book, written by Walter Kestner in 1969, was reprinted by the historical society. Questions or information about purchasing the book can be directed to Walker at (740) 537-2157. “Watch for news of our ‘historical vignettes’ that we will be displaying each month in the museum windows located at 210 Main St. in Toronto,” she added.

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