A member of the Magistri, he taught science and coached wrestling at Pingry from 1957-1994.
Pingry Flashes Back—A Visit to the Archives
Not surprisingly, over the course of more than 150 years of Pingry history, the School has amassed some fascinating artifacts. From antique printing blocks to Dr. Pingry’s handwritten documents to school catalogues from the 1800s, they live in the Archives, nestled in a corner room of the Basking Ridge Campus’ C.B. Newton Library, largely hidden from view. Each month, we take pleasure in showcasing one of the more compelling items here, and "flashing back" to a bit of Pingry history.
The Pingry School Archives collects, preserves, describes, exhibits, and makes available to faculty, staff, alumni, and students materials related to the history and activities of The Pingry School.
What began in 2015 as Peter Blasevick’s mammoth undertaking to oversee the development and implementation of Pingry’s digital Athletics Hall of Fame has become (as of 2017) an ongoing effort to care for, archive, and digitize Pingry’s history and artifacts.
What do Pingry’s Archives collect? Everything! But, to be more specific:
Historical artifacts relating to school history, including photographs, documents, memorabilia, clothing, awards and trophies, and sports equipment.
Original publications, including yearbooks, newspapers, digests, and reviews.
Personal papers belonging to notable Pingry alumni.
Original works created by Pingry students, alumni, faculty, and staff, including books, visual arts, and music.
Published works by and about Pingry alumni.
As of late fall 2018, Mr. Blasevick has already preserved the Blue Book and The Pingry Review. He is now digitizing The Pingry Record as well as school awards and trophies; creating an inventory of the Drama Department’s photo collection; and working to make more material available to the Pingry community.
Anyone who is interested in donating their archival Pingry material to the School is encouraged to contact Mr. Blasevick.
Also the Blue Book advisor, Mr. Blasevick earned a B.A. in History at William Paterson University and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He previously worked at Rutgers University Libraries as Manager of the New Jersey Environmental Digital Library, and at William Paterson University as Adjunct Digital Projects Librarian.
Our collection of Pingry Reviews shows that the event's programming has shifted from time to time.
Enjoy images from a selection of musicals that Pingry has staged over the past five decades.
On the heels of Valentine’s Day, we share affectionate thoughts from within the Pingry community.
As we add recordings donated by an alumnus, we enjoy comparing past album covers through the decades.
A recently unearthed video shares former Headmaster John Hanly returning to Pingry for a holiday reading.
Newly digitized negatives take us back to beloved master teacher Albie Booth’s 50th anniversary dinner.
Early photos from Rufus Gunther Day prompt a rediscovery of the day’s origins.
An Admission brochure from eight decades ago shows how Pingry promoted itself to prospective members of the community.
Rediscovered photos show that sailing was a brief part of Pingry history and played a significant role in the life of an Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Examples of programs from the past 135 years indicate how the storied event has changed over the years.
Digitized yearbooks make it a breeze to access Pingry’s past, and are especially fun for remembering (repeat) dedications!
Over 35 years ago, the Pingry community held an event to benefit the Stifel Paralysis Research Foundation.
See how Pingry’s teams and athletics schedule have expanded over the decades.
In honor of this month’s Dr. Robert H. LeBow ’58 Memorial Oratorical Competition, we survey Pingry’s history of public speaking . . . and take a peek at what students were reciting a century ago.
As a new show opens in the Hostetter Arts Center Gallery, enjoy a few moments from the day, approximately 16 years ago, that officially made it possible.