Artifacts


Ar'ti'fact, according to Webster, "An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially
 one of archaeological or historical interest."
With over a hundred years of history, WHS has produced many objects that freeze time, bring back memories,
or show progress and change. The Alumni Hall display cases have hundreds of objects on display for all to see, but,
many alumni cannot make the trip to see them. Thus this page, and the Photo Album page, the Symbols page, and, for purchase, objects on the Memorabilia page, offer the opportunity to see some of these artifacts.

The inscription on the back is a Certification of authenticity. It reads: 

 Certificate and Oath

New York City. N.Y., May 6th 1898

I hereby certify and solemnly swear, that the Bust upon which this certificate

appears is a perfect reproduction of the Life-Cast Bust of WASHINGTON, cast and

modeled from life at Mount Vernon, VA., in the year 1788, by the eminent French

sculptor, Jean Antoine Houndon (see Washingtonā€™s Diary, Oct. 12th, 1795.) The

original Life-Cast Bust is now owned by Miss Belle A. MacDonald of New York City.

City, County, and State of New York

On this 6th day of May, 1898, came Wilson MacDonald.

the Swearor, well know to me personally, who by my being duly sworn, did dispose and

say, that he is the person described in and who signed the foregoing Certificate and Oath

and that the facts therein stated are true.

T.B. Wakeman

Notary Public (104)

County of New York

The Henry Bonnard Bronze Co.

New York, NY 1903

Copyright 1898


This Painting, donated by artist Jacqueline Rochester, hung in the WHS Library, and now is in the Washington Pavilion art section.

Biography  
Jacqueline Rochester


Jacqueline Beverly Rochester O'Connor (1924-2010) WHS graduate

A portrait and figure painter as well as sculptor, designer, she was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 15, 1924, the daughter of John Russell "Jack" Smith and Nellie Chase.  She was raised by Sioux Falls school teachers Dora and June Smith, her paternal aunts.  She married Lowell Rochester, had five boys, and lived in Rapid City for many years.

Rochester studied at the Institute Allende in Mexico and is known for her classical paintings evoking Matisse and O'Keefe as well as for wearable art sculpture and her portrayal of Native American life, especially women.  Her portrayals are devoid of  cliches and depict her own concept of Native Americans  ...