12.8.14: Retired educators tour Karshner Museum and Center for Culture &
12.8.14: Retired educators tour Karshner Museum and Center for Culture &
Posted on 11/26/2014

Nearly 35 retired Puyallup School District educators toured the recently opened Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts, reminisced about the years the building housed J.P. Stewart Elementary students, and listened to a high school brass quartet during a meeting on November 24.


The retirees toured the newly renovated facility, formerly known as the Karshner Museum, and gathered in the Great Hall (spacious room in the center of the building) for their regular business meeting.


Superintendent Tim Yeomans welcomed the retired educators, including former school administrators, teachers, and librarians.


Retired teacher Lorraine Larson taught second grade from 1949-1952 in what is now one of the art galleries, and second and third grades in an area now used as a bathroom.


“The blackboard was up here,” Larson said as she pointed to a wall behind an artifact display case.


Retired teacher and principal Lowell Broberg taught fifth grade from 1954-1959 in the Pioneer classroom, which has been used for storage during the building renovation and is slated to be reopened in September 2015.


“This room is where I started teaching,” Broberg said. “There were 39 students in here. Every desk was full.”


Brian Fox, executive director of communications, information, and arts education, also shared with retirees a brief slideshow of photos showing the building’s renovation.


A Rogers High School brass quartet, under the direction of band and orchestra director Stephen Pickard, performed several musical selections for the retirees, who stood up and clapped as the quartet ended their performance with the Rogers High School fight song.


The quartet featured Mark Burch on Euphonium, Roman Daves on trombone, and Brad Nibblett and Devin Merris on trumpet.


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