With the co-operation of beautiful weather we hosted our annual Opening Day on April 1. The event was chaired by Mary Black with the assistance of members and featured the dedication of the new Kathy Leighton Resource Center. The center was built by ECCHS volunteers known as “The Breakers” with help of many local businesses. The center was dedicated to Kathy Leighton in honor of the many, many hours Kathy has spent in collecting, sorting cataloging and identifying the myriad of documents and photographs that have been donated to ECCHS over the years.
Thousands of documents, photographs, books, maps, binders, genealogical histories, newspapers and other memorabilia that members of ECCHS has collected over the last 46 years to preserve our local history are moving to the new Resource Center that will be dedicated during Opening Day on April 1st.
Historian Kathy Leighton and her dedicated Monday night crew (which includes Maggie Northcut, Roseanne Yanes, Que Sala, Steve Verduzco,and Doreen Forlow) have been sorting, boxing, cataloging, and readying all of the memorabilia that has been housed in a small trailer since 1999.
Memories of life in a one-room schoolhouse are preserved on video to provide a firsthand glimpse into the past. Ten longtime community members who attended one-room schoolhouses in Far East County shared stories of friendship, learning, and strict discipline of the teacher.