Purdue Fort Wayne, North Side HS team up for historical archive


This article has been updated to reflect a date change for the first History Harvest. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

By Deanna G. Wooley // Public History Program Coordinator, Purdue University Fort Wayne

North Side High School and Purdue University Fort Wayne are seeking NSHS alumni and supporters with interesting NSHS artifacts to contribute to a digital collection.

The NSHS Alumni Association is working with the university’s Public History Program to gather and preserve the material culture of one of the longest-lasting institutions in the Fort Wayne community in anticipation of North Side’s centennial anniversary.

Class of 1928 photo
The NSHS Class of 1928 poses for a class photo.


In order to supplement the upcoming publication of a written history of the high school’s one-hundred year history, we are organizing a community call-out to all North Side alumni and supporters who have North Side memorabilia or artifacts from their high school days tucked away in their attics, basements, storage rooms or just displayed on their living room bookshelves.

We are looking for all memorabilia connected to North Side high school, from clothing to yearbooks to souvenirs to anything that reminds you of your time at North Side – and we want to digitally preserve it (you get to take the artifacts home – we don’t want to keep them) through cameras and scanners. The images will be uploaded with short, oral history interviews about the memories attached to the artifacts to an online archive, which will be accessible to the public.

This project is just getting started, and we are planning our first History Harvest for Dec. 8 at North Side High School from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. During those times, you can bring in your memorabilia to be digitally preserved, and if you want, you can give us a short interview explaining the significance of the objects you bring. Those with questions may contact Deanna Wooley at wooleyd@pfw.edu.

Photos courtesy of the History Harvest team, via NSHS yearbooks.

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