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Wayland High School Programs

 File — Folder: 1 of 1
Identifier: RH-A-4358

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of four programs for Wayland High School located in Wayland, Michigan, from the years 1886-1888 and 1890. Three are for graduation ceremonies, and the fourth – the year 1888 – is for a class reunion.

Ceremony events began at 7:30 PM for 1886 and 1887, then 8:00 PM in 1888 and 1890. Listed on each program are planned music performances and speeches, except the program for 1890, on which there are none. The reunion of 1888 was held at the residence of Isaac N. Hoyt, who co-owned a factory on Walnut Street, according to an 1873 map of Wayland. His two daughters, Fannie and Jessie, were President and Vice President of the reunion respectively. The class of 1890 is notably smaller than previous years, with only two graduates listed.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1886-1888, 1890


Biographical / Historical

Little is known or published about the early years of the Wayland Schools. In the 1890s, it's predecessor, the Wayland School House, nearly burned to the ground. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette (March 2, 1893 issue), the incident happened around March 1st, 1893.

Later, Wayland schools moved to a new building built by Julius Johnson of Plainwell (Kalamazoo Gazette, December 15, 1923). The local is unknown.

Another building was planned in the 1940s. According to a Kalamazoo Gazette (issue: July 1, 1940), Wayland school electors approved a bond to take advantage of a W. K. Kellog foundation money for the construction of a new school building. Construction began with the ground breaking ceremony in September 1940 and was opened in August 1941. The new school was meant to consolidate 12 districts (a suggestion made by the Kellog Foundation).


.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. All programs are printed in monochrome, one in brown and the other three in black. Three of them are folded and openable. All but one have serrated edges. The designs featured are simple and make use of multiple typefaces. The programs are in acceptable condition: all yellowed with some marks here and there, and they vary in size from 2.75 x 4.25 in to 3.5 x 4.25 in.

Wayland High School Programs finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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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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