REDMOND, OR -- The city of Redmond is asking alumni of the former Evergreen Elementary School to contribute to preservation efforts before work begins to convert the building into City Hall. Scott Woodford with Redmond’s Historic Landmarks Commission hopes those who have attended the school over its nearly 100-year history will attend an open house Wednesday night and bring their memories. "We don’t know the true depth of what we might get, but things such as yearbooks, photos, trophies, we’re looking for stories. For people to come in and write them down, or come there and we’ll be able to record what they have to say."
The school was built in 1920 and was originally Redmond’ Union High School, for about 50 years, before turning into a junior high, and eventually an elementary school. Tonight's open house is open to anyone who attended class at the building at any time. "We’ll have some display boards that we’ve put together that have old pictures of the building and classes and sports teams to kind of jog people’s memories and get the discussion going," Woodford tells KBND News. "We’ll have a continuous display of photos up on the screen, and it’s just an effort to familiarize them with what we’re doing." Woodford says items collected will be used in a permanent display after renovations are completed.
Tonight’s open house is at City Hall at 716 SW Evergreen Ave, from 4 to 7 p.m.