Acknowledgements


History, Acknowledgements & Volunteers


Brief History

This website would not be possible without the help of Alumni volunteers from Vocational High in Minneapolis who have contributed their time and resources in what is still an evolving all-alumni Vocational picnic project.  What started out as a web site being built for the Class of 1964 has evolved to include all alumni from Minneapolis Vocational High School.  This was due to the database technology I deployed and the ease of scaling the web site’s data records to include all class years which ran from 1914 through 1976.

It was during the 25th reunion of the Class of 1964, with the encouragement of my then wife Jacqueline Lee Bowers, that I volunteered to help with alumni database issues.  Our class was struggling with managing an alumni list.  I have noticed this same issue with many other class year alumni committees. Managing a list of alumni is not an easy task unless you really understand databases and/or spreadsheets.  I do and I have worked with databases most of my life and I already possessed sophisticated database software and approaches.  Jackie died of cancer in 2003 and this all alumni website project began on the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1964 in 2014.  1964 coincidentally happens to be the 50th Anniversary Year of Vocational High School in Minneapolis.

The web site and database project was quickly expanded to include all Vocational Alumni after it was decided by the 1964 Committee to host an all alumni picnic starting in 2015.  The first all alumni picnic in 2015 was met with great success and the picnic continued on into 2019 where an attendance record of 198 was reached.

The sixth annual all-alumni picnic schedule for August 6, 2020 was cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.  This resulted in the dissolution of the existing picnic committee and their plans for a 2020 transition to new leadership.

A poll of Vocational’s Alumni was conducted in early 2020 to determine if the all-alumni picnic should be resumed in 2021.  Over 93% of alumni voted to resume the picnic in 2021 on August 5th.  A new picnic committee was then formed to take charge of the 2021 picnic. The new committee members for 2021 are listed below.


Dedication

This all alumni web site is dedicated to the memory of Jacqueline Lee Bowers from the Vocational Class of 1964.


Domain Registration Costs

Jennifer Persons-Dennis paid the first domain registration costs for the web domain of mplsvocational1964.com.  This was our initial domain used to begin this online database project and to eventually build this all alumni web site.

Candice (Candy) Bowers-Link paid the registration costs of the mplsvocational.com domain obtained on 2/15/2018.  This second site is now focused on all Vocational class years and should be easier for alumni to remember.  While both domains will remain active until 2024, the earlier mplsvocational1964.com domain now simply redirects to the mplsvocational.com domain.  Everything now all takes place on the newer all alumni domain name.  Ed


2021 Picnic Committee (Name/Class Year)

Ed Palmer/64 (chairman)

Marie Trepanier/65

Bonnie Tangness/65

Beverly Williams/65

Chuck Kobow/66

Bonnie Kobow/66

Wayne Lindstrom/66

Holly Lindstrom/66

Candy Link/67

Geary Keppel/68

Davonna Kaskett/73


2018-2019 Picnic Committee (Name/Class Year)

Dave Bross/64

Geri Bross/64

Jeanne Gould/64

Jim Gould/64

Carol Hoffman/64

Marie Lorbiecki/64

Jan Nepsund/64

Curt Nepsund/64

Ed Palmer/64

Russ Peterson/64

Herb Vitullo/64

Ann Peterson/65

Bonnie Tangness/65

Beverly Williams/65

Chuck Kobow/66

Holly Lindstrom/66

Wayne Lindstrom/66

Sharron Kujawa/66

Candy Link/67

Geary Keppel/68

Devonna Haskett/73


2015-2017 Picnic Committee (Name/Class Year)

Dave Bross/64

Geri Bross/64

Jeanne Gould/64

Jim Gould/64

Carol Hoffman/64

Marie Lorbiecki/64

Jan Nepsund/64

Curt Nepsund/64

Ed Palmer/64

Jennifer Person-Dennis/64

Russ Peterson/64

Ann Peterson/65

Herb Vitullo/64


Data Entry Project - Completed

Betty Thomas/64 - Data Entry Lead

Debra Uhrich/70 - Data Entry

As of August 2019, all alumni data from available or extant yearbooks has now been entered. A special thanks to Betty Thomas who worked very hard to complete the final data entries prior to the 2019 All-Alumni Picnic.

Some alumni names in the database may be Vocational Trade students vs Vocational High School/Trade students.  There is no way of knowing the difference at this point in time and for purposes of our all alumni database doesn’t really mean anything.  This site represents all those who are known to have attended Minneapolis Vocational.   This means that a fairly accurate class year list for all Vocational class years is now available for display.  You are now able to search on last name and see if your family had multiple generations,  siblings or other relatives like cousins that attended Minneapolis Vocational.


Yearbook PDF Project - Completed

Caryl Ann Kivisto-Exner/65 — The first volunteer to successfuly compile available library jpeg images from specific class years into a class PDF yearbook.  Thank you Caryl Ann for getting this project off the ground and volunteering to assist. You helped break new ground from an image compilation perspective for this project.

Ruth Ellis/75 — Initially assisted Carly Ann with different class years and was then able to recreate higher resolution files, which after OCR-ing became searchable pdf files that were easier to view online than the initial files we created.

Ed Palmer/64 — Created the website archive for the Class Yearbook PDFs.  Added other yearbooks by scanning and OCR-ing those yearbooks and other alumni documents.  In 2019, the 1959 yearbook, the 50th Memory book for the class of 1959 and the 1935 yearbook from Beverly Cotie (Bowers), the mother of Jacqueline Lee Bowers were all added to the website.


Alumni Document Search Request

We request that alumni search family records and attics for early Vocational documents.  From 1914 to early 1940s, Vocational records are non-existent for the most part.  If you find early records, please notify Ed Palmer.  These early records can be easily scanned and the originals returned to the family.


Website

Ed Palmer/64


Picnic Alumni Photos

Dale Olson/63


I would like to personally thank all Vocational alumni who have expended their time and resources to help build this all alumni website for Minneapolis Vocational’s Alumni.  That includes those who have taken the time to update their own alumni record or the alumni record of one or more of their high school friends or family members.  

If your class year wants an easier way to manage and maintain its class alumni records, it can do so on this web site using our database technology.  The site operates from a secure database.  I will provide your class with free alumni management tools if you have classmates that want to manage your class contact information.  Contact me for further information.  Ed Palmer



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