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Macbook ProMargaret Bragdon

DATE: Circa 2004

HISTORY: This gadget is covered with 22 pale-pink whale stickers in an organized graphic pattern. Historians are unsure of what this clear loyalty to ocean life indicates – perhaps a budding marine biologist was the owner of this computer.

Alternatively, it may have been a passionate animal rights activist. Additionally, the computer’s lock screen displays an exquisite pattern of singular green leaves with artful wisps of smoke surrounding them. The owner most definitely had a burning passion for gardening and nature, especially the forest. What a multi-faceted student!

Samuel Phillips Painting – Caroline Yun

DATE: Circa 1782

HISTORY: The context of this portrait lies with Samuel Phillips asking Leonardo Dicaprio to paint him like one of his French girls. Samuel Phillips progressed to undress, slowly taking off his hat, gloves, overcoat, great coat, waistcoat, cloak, vest, suspenders, cravat, blouse, shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, t-shirt, and tank-top, until he was only left in his trousers, breeches, hoses, shoes, and socks. Once the painting was completed, it was lost for some time. It was recovered in 1823 in the bedroom of Sarah Abbot. Sarah Abbot denied claims of possessing the portrait, but the fingerprints over Samuel’s shirtless body matched Ms. Abbot’s. Later, this painting was placed in the library, but the complete image of the exposed upper- and lower-half of the male anatomy proved to be too much for some students, causing them to lose focus within their daydreaming. The painting now resides in the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Navy Blue Skirt – Connor Devlin

DATE: 1932

HISTORY: According to analysis, this garment may have been traditionally worn by members of an Andover fraternity. It was acquired during an administrative crackdown on hazing, which was rampant throughout the school at the time. The skirt has been kept in the archives ever since. Students would gather in Alpha Pi Kahmmans, the students’ frat house, and watch the hazings for entertainment. The participants were forced into challenging gender norms by wearing this skirt. This skirt is a testament to Andover’s dark history.

Soiled Sperry –  Margaret Bragdon

DATE: March 2016

HISTORY: The stains on these shoes were created when the owner neglected to check the weather before leaving on an early-spring day. He has since left the school because he felt so out-ofplace since losing the single item of clothing that allowed him to feel accepted. After careful analysis at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology, the head historian concluded that the student currently wears his one intact Sperry with a foot cast on his other foot, despite his obvious lack of any medical necessity for it.

Herschel Bag – Connor Devlin

DATE: Out of

HISTORY: Thousands of these objects were found scattered throughout the campus, each inscribed with the name Herschel. Due to the sheer number of bags found, archaeologists have determined that these bags were given as a donation to the school by a notable alumni named Herschel. Power hungry and determined to have more control over the academy, Herschel set out to implement a school uniform by donating these bags. The students quickly adopted the bags, out of fear of being left out and they are still a staple of the Andover outfit to this day.

Paresky Commons Cup Caroline Yun

DATE: Circa 1892

HISTORY: When Andover was first founded, conservative donors provided the students with opaque silver mugs that gave students privacy when they drank. As Andover progressed, liberal administrators demanded for transparent cups, to allow for full transparency between the student and the administration. Meanwhile, the see-through cups were a benefit for the administration, as they were able to monitor what students drank, and no secrets could ever be held again. The clear cups led to a democratic socialist revolution.

College Admissions Decision – Caroline Yun

DATE: Circa 1837

HISTORY: This letter allows us to visualize the heated emotions that took place with rejection in 1837. It describes how competition between friends to get into college was tough, and it represents how people turned to necessary tactics of sabotage to get into school. The letter clarifies why the recipient did not get accepted and reads, “We had a record number of applicants this year and don’t have enough beds to accommodate you despite your talents.” This was copy-and-pasted into the email sent to those rejected on March 10, 2016.

May 9, 2016