I am very excited to share the news about a “Yearbook Project” that was just completed in Bangor.

The John Bosshard Memorial Library partnered up with the Bangor Area Historical Society and the Bangor High School and sent in over 70 Bangor High School Yearbooks, otherwise known as Echo’s, and had them all digitized.

They were sent back to us on DVDs, which we then transferred onto flash drives. We now have a flash drive that is able to be checked out for one week, so you can take it home and sit and look back at your classmates photos and reminisce about the good ol’ days, or even go back farther and look up the classmates of your grandparents or even great grandparents.

We start with the year 1917, which is the first yearbook that we are aware of, and go right up to the current 2016 Echo. When the new 2017 comes out, we will send that one in to be digitized as well.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked over the years for these older yearbooks. Many times its people who are putting together a class reunion and are looking for the list of classmates or even looking for some fun sports or homecoming or prom pictures to make some kind of slide show with for their reunion. Now those will be easily to find and always available here at the Bangor library. We will also have another flash drive that is only able to be used “in” the library, that way we know the information will always be available for our patrons at any time. I am so happy that this is now an option for people. I am sure it will get a lot of use.

The Bangor Area Historical Society was also kind enough to give us hard copies of the yearbooks they had doubles of. If you are a person who still likes to sit down and flip through the actual book, you are in luck and are sure welcome to do so at the library.

There are two yearbooks that we were not able to locate. If you would happen to have a 1983 or a 1985 Echo that you are willing to let us borrow to send in and have it digitized, we would love to have those two to complete our collection.

Don’t forget about the “Dog Days of August” going on at all the La Crosse County Library branches in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem. When kids 18 years old and under check out a book, they can enter into our drawing to win a BB-8 wind-up toy. Stop in and check us out.

Shari Axelsen is from the John Bosshard Memorial branch of the La Crosse County Library.

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