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The Jeff Matthews Museum in Galax is collecting Galax High School yearbooks, and local historian John Nunn is hoping alumni will bring some forward to add to that collection.
So far, the museum has collected four yearbooks — years 1947 through 1950 — that were found at a local antique shop. Nunn's sister purchased the yearbooks with the thought of starting a collection at the Jeff Matthews Museum.
“It's history,” said Nunn. “It's nice to see who dated who and superlatives. It's interesting to see what happened 20, 30 and 40 years ago.”
Nunn noted that yearbooks can be willed to, loaned to or preserved by the museum. “Don't just toss them,” he said.
Nunn estimates that the first Galax yearbook was produced 10 years after the first class was held in the early 1900s in a building in downtown Galax.
“If a person gives a yearbook to the museum, they can consider it a loan,” said Nunn. “It'll be there where it will be taken care of.”
• For more information, or to donate a Galax yearbook to the museum, call 236-7874 or visit matthewsmuseum.com. The museum, located at 606 W. Stuart Drive near the Galax Public Library, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.