Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done ...
bible.cc/ecclesiastes/1-9.htm -"That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. ..."
Here in Michigan, we face a similiar demise to over 160 years of Deaf history as our state sold off the Michigan School for the Deaf campus and most buildings to developers who are demolishing cherished icons for the rebuilding of a co-esistance campus of deaf and hearing (seperate) schools. The state will then lease the building constructed for the deaf students back from these developers.
The MSD Alumni have fought "David vs Goliath" fashion to no avail. Most of this failure was due to politcal decisions made behind their backs and the information kept unobtainable from them.
One concession they've been given is in the destruction of their old gym... it will be dismantled brick by brick, the brick washed/cleaned, and then reused in a parking lot that replaces the building...this takes place the first part of August. (this information conveyed by alumni blogger.)
Back about 10 years ago for the celebration of 150 years of MSD, I attened with my Deaf husband (class of '52) and was with a group allowed to tour the landmark FAY HALL (Mich. official seal is overhead front of this hall). We were especially interested in the 3rd floor dorm areas where my husband had racked up so many of his personal stories of triamph and failures. I video taped several senior citizens that day standing in their own rooms telling THEIR stories of life at MSD. I also took many pictures (as you did) of the background, floors, walls, empty boxes with family names on them, lockers, etc....
Few have seen these pictures and movies, but now with MSD's history about to do another "turning" (they, too, were affected by the Milan Conf. decision of 1857 to proscribe signing), perhaps someone will find that my ventures that day in capturing a moment in time is worth preserving and sharing.
If you are interested in any of this, I'd be happy to discuss it further.
Brenda Dawe (certified interpreter for the Deaf/HH, ASL instructor)
More information about text formats