Comments from the Canyons: Exhibit features Rattler spirit


August 14, 2012

If you didn't have time during Rattler Reunion to visit the special Rattler Exhibit at Tucumcari Historical Museum, you still have until the end of the month to enjoy it.

Thanks to Elizabeth Morris, secretary of the Tucumcari Historical Institute Board, this exhibit was placed in the annex and contains an overview of school history often focusing on some of the decade classes that celebrated their special years at the reunion. She collected memorabilia from a number of people to represent the Rattler spirit. That collection includes rings, letters, pins, year books, and many other items to help us remember those special years as well as our own years. Pictures are scattered throughout the room and show us much of the history of our schools. You need to allow plenty of time to view the exhibit because you will certainly want to look through the scrapbooks which contain so many clippings, pictures, and other items that were special to the makers of those books.

This exhibit might just become an annual event to go along with the reunion and to show us much of our school history. Our museum has many treasures for all of us to enjoy and appreciate. The organization and the employees work together to recognize various happenings and most definitely to preserve our past.

As usual, Rattler alumni who could not attend the reunion tend to call afterwards to find out about special friends and to mention how much they missed seeing those friends. One such alumna, Nata Breitenbach Bagley, Class of 1945, called from her summer home in Colorado to do some visiting about the past and to find out what had happened at the reunion. Fortunately, I had seen some of her classmates and could pass along a little news. She also provided news of Imogene Bagley Bleiker, Class of 1952, letting us know that our classmate is okay Nata hasn't been able to attend the reunion for several years, but she is just as interested as ever in what is happening at. home. Such calls give us chances to share news and to maintain friendships.

We know that other schools and communities in Quay County have great reunions, and we would all like to read about them. Submit information in advance to the Quay County Sun, if possible. Let's all share such information so we can enjoy the happenings throughout our county.

Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 461-1952.


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