Johnstown school museum to celebrate 10th anniversary

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District’s free museum is going strong in its 10th year, museum advisory board member Carm D’Amore told the Board of Education last week at Knox Junior High School.

The museum is located in the “white house” on Knox Field, behind the junior high, and it continues to provide a wealth of memorabilia to the community and its visitors, D’Amore said.

“There’s a lot of good stuff,” said D’Amore. “Memorabilia just keeps coming in.”

He said the museum has new banners and is promoted through a store window display downtown.

Former social studies teacher William Pollak serves as curator of the museum, which opened May 3, 2003. D’Amore said the museum is planning some type of recognition for its 10 years of existence in September.

“There’s a lot of good people on the [museum] board; obviously, the spark plug is Bill Pollak,” said D’Amore, a retired JHS guidance counselor.

Board of Education member Jennifer Sponnoble thanked the museum board and Pollak for his “continued volunteerism.”

D’Amore said the museum had about 300 visitors in 2012, but there may be people who forget to sign in. The museum is open from the first Friday in June to the last Saturday in September. The hours of operations are: Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, with other times by request.

Visitors will find items including: 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newspaper articles, uniforms, jackets, shirts, jewelry, equipment, trophies, plaques, awards, books, journals, historical documents and ledgers, school furnishings, textbooks and supplies, nostalgic and period items, artwork, posters, programs, maps, school newspapers, score books, tests and report cards.

“It’s a living museum,” said district Superintendent Robert DeLilli.

For more information about the Johnstown School Museum, see its page on Facebook.