Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Cokato Museum is pleased to announce the opening if its newest temporary exhibit, One Era Ends, Another Era Begins: The Final Years of Cokato High School & the Early Years of Dassel-Cokato High School. The display will officially open Wednesday, July 7.
Feb. 20, 1969, the voters of the independent school districts in Dassel and Cokato voted overwhelmingly to merge, ending years of discussion between the neighboring communities. The effective date of the merger was July 1, 1969. Sept. 5, 1972, the new Dassel-Cokato Junior-Senior High School opened on land between the two communities on the north side of U.S. Highway 12.
Just three months prior, 70 students marched down the aisle, marking the last graduating class of Cokato High School. After that day, there were no more Cokato Cardinals. Now it would be the Dassel-Cokato Chargers.
Numerous photographs, artifacts, activities trophies, and other memorabilia help tell the story of how, like so many other communities, Cokato lost one identity, but gained another.
One Era Ends, Another Era Begins runs through Oct. 31, 2010.
For more information, please contact the museum at (320) 286-2427, or visit their web site: www.cokato.mn.us.
The Cokato Museum is a cooperative effort of the city of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society.