Fireside Chat

This edition of Fireside Chat discusses the Hill Demonstration School, housed primarily in the Hill Building, which was one of the three original buildings on Delta State’s campus. It was in the Hill Building that Delta State’s first classes were taught in 1925 and where Delta State graduated its first class in 1928.

The Hill Demonstration School was founded by Laurie Doolittle under the leadership of Dr. William Kethley at Delta State Teachers College and was an integral part of the teacher education program at Delta State for 30 years. It opened for grades one through six in 1926, with kindergarten classes added in 1929. This laboratory-style school had an initial enrollment of 25 and its purpose was to help educate future teachers, as well as to provide quality education for children in the surrounding area. HDS closed in April of 1957.

Recently, the Delta State University Alumni Association hosted a Hill Demonstration School Reunion at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House. More than 125 participants attended the reunion and half of those traveled from out-of-state. A piece of their weekend involved the unveiling of a Mississippi Historical Marker recognizing the Hill Demonstration School.

Two featured guests are part of this filming — Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs, and John Lewis, a 1961 graduate of the Hill Demonstration School.

Farris discusses how the idea came about to unveil the historic marker for HDS on Delta State’s campus. The location of the marker is centered almost between where Hardee and Hill halls were located.

John Lewis discusses his fondest memory of attending the demonstration school. He also explains how HDS teachers had a lasting impact on his life.

Other Events/Important Dates:

· Tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium, the Department of Language and Literature is sponsoring the “Diversity in Performance Series.” Contact Noah Lelek at 662-846-4090 for more information.

· On Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. the BPAC will show “We the People” a musical revue that brings American civics lessons to life. The show is part of the BPAC’s School-Time Matinee Series. For more information, contact the BPAC at 662-846-4844

· On Oct. 30 from 2-4 p.m. the Career Services Department will host a Career Discovery Fair. This fair is for all majors at Delta State. For more information about the event, contact Davlon Miller at 662-846-4646.

· The Statesmen football team will play at home this weekend, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. taking on the University of North Alabama. Come out to Travis E. Parker Field/Horace McCool Stadium to support the green and white or tune in to to listen to the game.

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