ASD Mural Dedicated

May 14, 2013

The ASD Mural on SJHL's Building in McPherson
This year McPherson County celebrates the 100th annual All Schools Day, a celebration of education. With 100 years of experience, we know how to plan a good time! Our celebration began last Wednesday, May 1st, when World Champion Sand Sculptors Sandsational, began work on their one room school house on the southwest corner of Kansas and Ash. The party will continue through Sunday, May 12th. Highlights for the week include Toby's Amusements' Carnival, May Fete which showcases the talents of children across McPherson County, the longest running parade in Kansas and Gloriana in concert at the McPherson High School Theatre. Everything about ASD is important to Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC, as it has always been a part of our history since opening our doors in 1936. This year holds special meaning because SJHL was honored to have a mural depicting the history of ASD placed on our building in McPherson. A dedication ceremony was held Saturday, May 4th at the Opera House in honor of the artists.

R. Bolton Smith (seated), Naomi Ullum (left), Robert Cooney (middle) and Amanda Shaw (right)The mural is 32 by 16-foot and is based on a painting by R. Bolton Smith, who was honored at Saturday's dedication. Other artists who were honored include Central Christian College of Kansas' art instructor Naomi Ullum and students Amanda Shaw and Robert Cooney. These three artists enlarged and painted the mural that hangs from the north side of the building located at 123 S. Main. The dedication took place at the McPherson Opera House due to the unpredictable Kansas weather. Anne Hassler with the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau has spearheaded the mural project and is responsible for the number of murals that can be seen throughout McPherson's downtown. She spoke along with Mayor Tom Brown about Mr. Smith and how the McPherson Arts Alliance makes McPherson such a great place to visit.

ASD began in 1914 to celebrate eighth grade graduation for all of McPherson County. Before 1914, the superintendent of schools traveled to each schoolhouse and delivered graduation certificates. And to give you some perspective, at that time there were over 100 schoolhouses. They decided to set aside a day to honor graduates from eighth grade, high school and college while gathering them all in one location. The event began as a way to honor our students and education, and continues to do so. What began as one day has turned into a week long celebration and tribute.