Thursday, June 20, 2013

Harvey County Flash Back: 1953

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

Harvey County Flash Back

For a number of years it was a tradition at Newton High for the seniors to hold a Kid Day, where they came to school dressed as a small child.

This photo is from 1953 and was taken in the classroom of teacher J. Birch Stuart. 

NHS Senior Kid Day, 1953
J. Birch Stuart Collection
HCHM Photo Archives

KWCH 12 60th Anniversary Family Fun Day

Today, with our unlimited TV channels and stations devoted to news, to sports or even history, it is interesting to look back at all the changes that have happened to television in the last 60 years.  Sixty years ago, on July 1, 1953, KWCH Channel 12 first went on the air. The broadcast day went from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. Unlike today's 24 hours of programming, they were only on the air for four hours a day, which included a 15 minutes network newscast. 

 Dick Cornish was hired as a staff announcer when KWCH 12 "went live" in 1953. Photo courtesy:,0,6492611.photogallery -Roger Cornish / February 14, 2013

As broadcasting time increased, so did programming including several popular locally produced shows; Dialing for Dollars, Take Your Pick, Fifo the Clown, Woman's World and Hi Fi Hop.,0,6517764.story
We are very excited about an upcoming event at the museum in connection with KWCH 12's 60th Anniversary.  On Saturday, June 29 from 10:30-12:30, we will be hosting an ice cream social in front of the Kellas School on the museum grounds as part of KWCH 12's 60th Anniversary Family Fun Day.  During this time,  an on-air personality from KWCH 12 will be at the museum. The ice cream and outdoor events are free.

There will also be a chance to enter a drawing for a $60 VISA Gift Card.

Inside the museum there will be 1950s memorabilia and photos in addition to our normal exhibits.  Museum admission will be reduced to 60% off of our normal $3.00 or $1.20. 

We hope you will join us on Saturday, June 29 for this fun day at the museum.

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