June 1—September 30 (the first Friday in June to the last
Saturday in September)
Fridays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. &
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon; other times by request - call Bill Pollak at (518) 762-7646
Admission is Free!
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Please send memorabilia to:
2 Prindle Avenue,
Johnstown, NY 12095 - or
call Bill at (518) 762-7646 - he will come and
pick it up!
Museum Advisory Board
Bill Pollak, Curator
Rebecca Preston, (Honorary Member)
Kathryn Zajicek, Chairperson
Curator Bill Pollack standing in one of the School
Museum's exhibit rooms
Greater Johnstown School District Museum photo gallery
The dream of creating a museum to house Johnstown school
memorabilia existed for years and is now a reality. The
official opening of the Greater Johnstown School
District Museum was held Saturday, May 3, 2003,
following the Johnstown Board of Education's adoption of
a resolution on January 22, 2003, appointing Mr. William Pollak as curator. Established as an effort to preserve the history and the rich tradition of education in Johnstown,
the school museum is intended to benefit everyone in
the community. The collection of school memorabilia dates
from present day all the way back to the late 1700s. Some
early pieces are on loan from the Johnstown Historical Society,
while other items have come through personal donations and the school district's archives.
An ongoing effort to acquire additional collectibles
exists and memorabilia donations are always accepted. Those wishing to donate can call
(518) 762-7646. Please send memorabilia to: 2 Prindle
Avenue, Johnstown, NY 12095.
Where is it located?
The museum is located in the
Johnstown School District's "white house" on Knox Field, behind the Knox Junior High School building. This building was constructed in 1930 and donated to the school district as part of the Knox complex. It is the oldest building
used and maintained by the school district. Throughout the years, this former field house
has had many uses, including:
- A classroom building
and Recreation Center
- Warming station for ice skating
- Storage facility for track and field equipment
Students in a Warren Street classroom during the 1950s
What will you find?
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trophies, plaques, awards, books, journals, historical
documents and ledgers, school furnishings, textbooks and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 much more.
A yearbook collection:
- The Baronet
Numerous yearbooks from Knox Junior High School and
four elementary schools
The museum's organizers have taken great care to balance an abundance of academic, administrative, extra-curricular and nostalgic items.
There is also a special display dedicated to Mrs. Rose Knox, an influential
business leader and philanthropist. She is fondly known as "The First Lady of Johnstown." Mrs. Knox donated the property known as Knox
Field, as well as $200,000 for its development.
Another area is reserved for the memorabilia of William A. Wright, a district teacher and administrator for 42 years.
The collection dates from the late 1700s to the present
day, and specific rooms in the museum are dedicated to
the following eras:
2005-present (lower level)
Those planning a class reunion are encouraged to include a museum tour as part of
their activities. 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.
Please contact Bill Pollak at (518) 762-7646 for more
Johnstown Students Who Lost Their Lives in War
at the Greater Johnstown School District Museum, honor
and remember the Johnstown students who made the supreme
sacrifice in service to their country.
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are pleased to announce that we have numerous yearbooks
from the six schools for sale at $5 each. They include
elementary, Knox and JHS yearbooks from a variety of
years. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook,
contact Bill Pollak, Curator, or visit the museum during
its open hours.