Lydia Middleton School

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Lydia Middleton School




On November 6, 1922, Lide White sent the following letter to fellow citizens: "Dear Friend: The old Lower Seminary is no more and where it stood for so many years, a handsome up-to-date building is in process of construction. Among the many and desirable features of the new building will be a fine Assembly hall for school and community purposes. It has been suggested that former pupils and teachers of the old school would be glad to have a share in furnishing this Assembly hall to be known as 'Memory Hall.' As an expression of your love for the old school, and your pleasure in the new one, will you contribute one or more dollars for this purpose? If you will, please to communicate with Miss Lydia Middleton, Madison, Indiana. Yours sincerely, Lide G. White." We don't know how or to what extent local citizens responded, but we do know that the school was finished on the site of the razed Lower Seminary School and that its formal opening took place on October 25, 1923. Named for Lydia Middleton, long time school teacher and principal in Madison, the school housed elementary children until 1973. For only a brief period the children attended the old high school on Broadway. The 'time out' was for a major renovation and updating of the old building. The improvements at that time cost $380,000, nearly the cost of constructing the building in 1923. It was money well spent, though, for the building is still in use today.


Harry Lemen, photographer


Historic Files; Madison-Courier; Original Program


Picture taken 1927


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Photograph taken with Eastman-Kodak Brownie Camera No. 2C model A, using No. 130 film. Resulting negative (2.875in x 4.875in) scanned at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.


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Harry Lemen, photographer, "Lydia Middleton School," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #89, (accessed May 30, 2015).