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Sharing Mark Twain Memories

May 3, 2014, 6:21 PM by Leland Steva

Sharing Mark Twain Memories
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Before it's turned into the new Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, students from past and present are getting together to remember Mark Twain.

Construction is underway as Susan B. Anthony Elementary will replace Mark Twain in time for next school year. Ryan Patrick is currently a senior at Lincoln High School, but spent his younger years roaming the halls of Mark Twain. He is sad to see his elementary school coming down, but he's happy the new school will be in a similar location.

"Its location is part of what makes it so special, if not the building itself. It's good there's at least going to be another school there that's helping elementary school kids," Ryan Patrick said.

Ryan is going to Harvard next year. He is going for a chemistry degree, a passion he picked up at Mark Twain.

"My fifth grade teacher was Doctor Sharon Andrews. Her forte was science so I think that helped," Ryan said.

Ryan's great-grandmother, 91 year-old Dorthy Bohnson, has had three generations of children attend Mark Twain.

"Sometimes it hurts the heart because it takes away a lot of memories, good memories we've had and yet most of the changes after they occur makes the city better," Dorthy Bohnson said.

The building maybe leaving, but the memories will stay. The Mark Twain All-School Celebration will allow everyone to share their memories of the school before the constructions ramps up in the summer. People will be able to tour the halls, talk to teachers, and capture memories with an on-site photographer.

"We did want to make sure that people had a chance to come and celebrate what Mark Twain has mean to them and also have a way that we can preserve those memories as well," Sarah Jennings said.

The time capsule that was buried under Mark Twain will not be opened during this event. It will be dug up, and reburied at a new site, before being opened in 2026.

Jennings asks if you are interested in attending the event to RSVP at this Facebook page.

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