|Scope & Content||Scrap book compiled by Anita Janet Luvera during her high school senior year, 1950-1951, at Anacortes High School (AHS). It contains misc. newspaper articles, souvenir programs for different events, Anacortes High School lettermen's letter "A" for football given to her from Dave Cartwright (her boyfriend at that time) along with his Key Club emblem, corsages, photograph of Future Homemakers of America, invitation to wedding reception for Paulene Halliday and Eldon Wayne Burnett (daughter of Mr and Mrs Dan D. Chase and son of Mr and Mrs Omer D. Burnett) March 28, 1951, birthday cards for Anita's 18th birthday-March 15, 1951, graduation program and a copy of Miss Luvera's 1951 valedictorian address, and more. Scrapbook is brown in color, has flowers in relief on the leather-type cover, and is held together with a dark brown cording.|
|Creator||Anita Janet Luvera|
|Caption||1950-1951 Anita Luvera Sr. AHS|
May 31, 1951
Anita Janet Luvera
Before the knowledge derived from the sciences of the arts can be applied to men living together more successfully, there must be an understanding of the relationship between the development of man and his environment and heredity.
Man is born into a world where two types of environment exist; a natural or biological environment which are the surroundings shared with all animal life, and a cultural environment or social heritage. Though natural environment may vary widely as in the ice regions of Alaska and the tropics of Florida, young people growing up in each of these places during the twentieth century, may learn the same language, have the same religion, and be able to converse about similar topics regardless of the differing climate. What we learn and what we become depend less on the natural environment than upon the particular culture into which we are born.
Heredity, the second factor, provides the raw materials of the individual and determines the limits to which one's abilities may be developed. However, these potentialities are seldom fully realized. Many children have musical ability but few are stimulated or encouraged sufficiently to become capable musicians. Thus the degree to which these abilities are developed depends upon the stimili [sic] of the various institutions.
Among these institutions and of prime importance is the family group where the basic emotional and social attitude of the individual are formed. The culture is further experienced by the individual through the neighborhood, church, and school groups. The varying size and pattern of these groups will also have different effects on a person, particually [sic] in adolescence. For example, with all other things equal, a boy brought up in a small family will be different from a boy reared in a large family and both will be unlike a boy who grows up in a children's home. The importance of the group then, relates to the development of the individual and the communication of culture.
This culture is the more essential part of the environment, for culture is the product of hundreds of thousands of years of human struggle toward a more satisfactory existence. Culture consists of all the established ways of doing things, and all knowledge, beliefs, language, art organization, religion, and morals.
Each group has its own culture and that into which the American child is born is not the same as that of the German or the Russian child and it is still less like that of the Eskimo or the South Sea Islander. These varying cultures tend to make people seem different to each other and cause one group or nation to suspect and misunderstand another group. These misunderstandings eventually results in prejudice and feelings of racial superiority or interiority.
As the world shrinks due to better communication, transportation, and transfer of ideas, the diffusion of culture will take place more rapidly, thus narrowing the area of possible misunderstanding and conflict. It is one of the hopes of the world that this diffusion of culture will not require thousands of years but will take place in the near future.
You, our parents, teachers, and friends have taught us, the Class of '51, the essentials of being good citizens. We are now ready to accept our share of the responsibility [sic] in developing a united world, and with this challenge before us, we bid farewell to high school.
Some original photographs were removed from this scrapbook and replaced by copy of same on 06/07/2007 by Judy Hakins and processed and placed in the photo collection, PHOTO, 2005 file drawer.
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