Old attendance records, a land deed and district minutes were among more than 30 documents students found in 2010. Last week, after various conservation measures, the documents were placed in a permanent display at the Maple School's library.
Jeremy Kriska, Sonia Ehrlich and Emma Farrell found a box containing the historical documents while putting away equipment after a school musical.
"They didn't actually look old," said Kriska, 16, now a junior at
Russel Maki, president of the Graphic Conservation Company, which handled the documents after they were found, said his firm mostly did some surface cleaning and long-term preservation.
"They were actually in a fairly stable environment, so they weren't deteriorating," Maki said.
The documents were in a locked box, tucked away at the bottom of a storage closet. When the box was found, a library assistant pryed it open with a screwdriver.
“There is so much in those documents that the children in District 30 can learn about their village," said Judy Hughes, president of the . "The names of people who are on streets where they may live."
"We found an attendance sheet that had the students names on it," Kriska said. "There were some with a last name like Pfingsten and other street names that we now know."