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American History
April 9, 05 journal


      A power struggle in the beginning of an organizing effort is interesting to watch. It is a bit like cleaning beans. First you pick out the clods, discard those and then wash, wash, wash until you have something ready to go in the pot.  Some folks have the advantage of experience and are able to place themselves in a position to reap whatever rewards to come along. Others are less well grounded, have some background due to education and are willing to fight for a place in order to be able to make decisions.  There are those, too, who have the advantage of a higher power pulling strings for them so that they are put into leadership positions no matter how lacking in these skills they might be. The clods are pushed out in favor of these. I should be contrite for enjoying the drama of it all, but I'm not.

     This is where we are in the Chilocco situation. Slowly but slowly it is moving along, so no complaints from me.

      April 23, 2005 is the day chosen to open the school for two purposes. The first is an organized effort by the Historical Preservation group to do the necessary documentation of the conditions of the buildings.

     The second purpose is a gathering of Chilocco alumni to come together on the grounds. This will be a time to become reacquainted. A small effort will be made to do some clean up of the Student Union building so you need to bring brooms, mops, dustpans, garbage bags, weed eaters (if you have gasoline propelled), and some rags. If you wish to bring an R.V. vehicle this will be okay, too. However, there is no electricity so you won't have any hook-ups.

     The very giant patio outside the Student Union building is where we will set up our tables to display the history of your own life. Whatever you wish to bring to show is fine, pictures of family, memorability and crafts you wish to sell are also welcome. We are a people who work so let's share these things on this day. Bring your camera and let's try to get a lasting record of our classmates and what they have done with their lives. NO flea market.

     SOME vacant buildings are VERY dangerous, DO NOT ENTER. Haworth Hall, Leupp Hall are very dangerous, spongy floors, etc.


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