Old School Newspapers

So upon making it back to my university archives I began looking through the archived school news papers which have luckily been printed into book form making it really easy to navigate.  However, as you can imagine, there is a lot to go through for around four years of publishing.  I only got through the 1914-15 publications which did not provide too much insight into the general feelings towards the war. There were brief mentions of it in hopes that soon peace would be restored.  The most interesting finds in these were more pictures of the campus at the time.  Towards the end of my appointment I decided to skip ahead to 1918-19 to see what I had to look forward to and struck gold.  There were articles titled “Shepherd College at War” and issues printed in early 1919 included an entire list of every person affiliated with the school who served (some were highlighted even more in later issues), obituaries for those who died, information on the Spanish Flu, obituaries for those who died from the disease, and pictures of returning veterans.  More information on all of this will come once I actually get to diligently read through it all.

2 thoughts on “Old School Newspapers”

  1. Congrats! That’s a great find. It’ll be interesting to see when you go back through the other issues in between if you notice a build up of discussion of the war as the US gets involved directly, or if it really only gets talked about after war ends.

  2. I love it when you actually strike gold at the archives. We have had several experiences similar when it comes to the Spanish Flu and the war effort in Fredericksburg. Congratulations on your major find.

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