Museum continues to be used

Update given on GJSD school museum

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s School Museum continues to get use by those interested in district history, the Board of Education heard Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

Board member Kathryn Zajicek gave the board an update on the museum, which is maintained by curator William Pollak and houses decades of district memorabilia.

Zajicek told the board that Johnstown High School’s classes of 1968 and 1978 recently visited the museum. She said about 50 to 60 guests visited.

“It was really popular, it was great,” she said.

The School Museum is located in the district’s “white house” on Knox Field, behind the Knox Junior High School building. The smaller building was constructed in 1930. It was donated to the school district as part of the Knox complex. It is the oldest building used and maintained by the school district.

Zajicek said the museum staff received a request for information about a person who taught in the school district in the 1917-18 school year. She said the museum went to information in periodicals housed here and was able to “zero in” on the person — science teacher Pearl Kendrick, who attended Syracuse University.

“What a collection,” Zajicek said.

According to the district website, visitors will find photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper articles, uniforms, jackets, shirts, jewelry, equipment, trophies, plaques, awards, books, journals, historical documents and ledgers, school furnishings, textbooks and supplies, nostalgic and period items, artwork, posters, programs, maps, school newspapers, score books, tests, report cards and more.

Included are a yearbook collection of “The Baronet,” from 1925 to the present; and numerous yearbooks from Knox Junior High School and the district’s elementary schools

The School Museum was opened by Pollak on May 3, 2003. Memorabilia can be sent to: 2 Prindle Ave., Johnstown, NY 12095.

“Those planning a class reunion are encouraged to include a museum tour as part of their activities,” the website says. “Many Johnstown alumni have toured the museum both on their own and as part of class reunions and, needless to say, those visits brought back many memories. Tours may be scheduled by appointment or during regular museum hours of operation.”

The public can contact Bill Pollak at (518) 762-7646 for more information.

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