As we prepare to move out of 600 S. Tryon I’m finding “buried treasure” in the library.
Example: a black scrapbook full of photos and news clippings from the late ‘30s and early ‘40s. Someone must have donated it -- possibly Jack Berger, who was a music teacher for the Charlotte city schools and whose photo appear multiple times in the album.
The 1939 Fairyland Pageant must have been a huge effort. Check it out:
May 19, 1939, Charlotte Observer
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City Elementary Schools To Give Festival Tonight
Will Be Presented at Armory-Auditorium at 8 p.m. Under Direction of Jack Berger
The elementary schools of the city will present their seventh annual spring music festival tonight at 8 o’clock at the Armory-Auditorium, under the direction of Jack Berger, music teacher in the city schools.
More than 700 children will take part in the festival, which will include a concert by a 350-piece orchestra (of school bands), a fairyland pageant in which Shirley Field and Jack Payne will be queen and king, and a pageant of the 13 original colonies.
The album also contains photos of the Charlotte school orchestras. I’ll blog about them at some point!