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South Haven Public School Program

 Item — Folder: 1 of 1
Identifier: RH-A-4359

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one horizontally folded program for the graduation ceremony (called “promotional exercises”) of the eighth-grade class at South Haven Public School, held on June 12, 1895, in South Haven, Michigan.

A decent number of graduates relative to the time and place are listed, with 31 names given. Ceremony events included mostly speeches with some music breaks in between. Most of the speeches seem to have been given by the graduates themselves. It is uncertain whether or not there was a high school in South Haven at this time, although a 1900 edition of the Kalamazoo Gazette makes mention of a South Haven High School in a brief story featuring the school’s superintendent, A. D. Prentice.


  • Creation: June 12, 1895


Biographical / Historical

Little is known or published about the early years of South Haven's schools. According to South Haven's website, the first known school was founded by the 1850s. The current build exists at 600 Elkenburg, South Haven, Michigan.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet. The program measures 4x6in folded. There is a floral design pattern featuring an image of a lighthouse engraved on the left side of the front cover. The text is printed in dark blue ink. The program is in fairly good condition other than some yellowing and a large crease along the middle from having been folded vertically.

Genre / Form

South Haven Public School Program finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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