Dear Alice (Part 5): 1936 Nanuet, New York Autograph Book (cont)

    This entry is a little exciting because I found information about Alice's teacher, Miss Gunhild Swanson, who signed this particular entry. The April 24, 1958 issue of The Orangetown Telegram ran an ad about the retirement of two teachers. 



"Former Pupils to Help With Nanuet Teachers' Dinner An organizational committee met last week to plan the distribution of tickets for the testimonial dinner honoring Nanuet's retiring teachers, Miss Dorothy Prentice and Miss Gunhild Swanson," .


     The organizers were trying to get representatives from as far back as 1923, even though all former  students, parents, and friends, could purchase tickets to attend the retirement ceremony. The two teachers were retiring in 1958 after 35 years of service.The article listed many of Swanson's former students yet, Alice's identity remains a mystery. To read the full article click on the above link, the access to the newspaper is provided by Best! History Keeper 16 June 2015

PS: For those of you following the "Dear Alice" series, I would like to suggest you take a look at Nanuet: The flawed jewel of the Hudson lowlands. Pictures of the school and her teachers, plus wonderful Nanuet anecdotes are shared on Daniel Silverman's website. HK 30 June 2015




Author History Keeper, currently lives in Dover, Delaware, with family, both two- and four-footed. I am a published author and history enthusiast, who has great regard for the past and is especially proud of the Pennsylvania German culture. In addition to Passed Time, I am currently working on a project for the German Historical Institutes Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies ( I also contribute to various newsletters and I am working on another book...or two. Feel free to email me at for questions, comments, information, a shared love of history, an idea, or just because you want to share on Passed Time, but are too shy about getting started. But be aware, Files with Attachments will not be opened, but immediately deleted. 

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