Archiving Our History
Another year is gone. We keep hoping for better days, and are grateful for the vaccines that have given us hope and allowed safer visits with family. As we enter this new year and look forward, it is also common to look back on our past, and several of us have been doing just that with WATG’s history.
Carol Wright, WCGT Past President 1990-91, has been helping to document the specific dates of importance from the 1970’s and early 1980’s, prior to the writing of State Standard (t). The process of organizing past records and documents will continue until the summer of 2022. Then in the summer or early fall at the latest, everything will be donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Anyone with interest will be able to research further at that site.
We are also working with the family of Dr. Robert E. Clasen and Dr. Donna Rae Clasen to organize their papers, publications, and broadcasts for donation to the University of Wisconsin Archive. They televised teacher education programs, and produced and broadcasted them from the Wisconsin Public Television facilities on the Madison campus. The sheer volume of their work is mind boggling. They were not only pioneers, but they worked tirelessly to educate as many teachers, counselors, psychologists, parents, and administrators on the best ways to educate and support gifted and talented children and youth. We are thankful for their time and talent.
The collections to the archives will be a fantastic accomplishment, and will be a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of WATG at the 2023 WATG Annual Conference.
I will likely take a break from Gifted Meanderings for a few months early in 2022, and I wish you a Happy New Year. Stay well everyone!
Ruth Robinson, WATG President 2003-2004