Allegany: The American High School Experience


The Allegany Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibition entitled, “Allegany: The American High School Experience,” to take place at Allegany Museum from July 2-30, 2022. The exhibit, fully researches, developed and designed by current Allegany High School students enrolled in the Historical Research Methods course, the exhibit will reflect the history of the American High School.

 General Information

Beginning in 1887, Allegany High School mirrors the history of public education in the U.S., and exhibit will explore the history of sports, band, student life and other aspects of the high school experience. The exhibit will also feature an exact replica of the Sedgwick Street building built in Legos, a unique video that embodies the emotion of high school through the years, and much more. Artifacts donated from members of the community will also be on display.

A Public Opening will take place Saturday, July 9, 2022, and is part of the Campers Class Reunion Weekend.

Program of Events:
July 2-30, 2022 – Fade to Blue: A Photographic Journey, Allegany Arts Council
July 2-30, 2022 – Allegany: The American High School Experience, Allegany Museum
July 8, 2022 – Friends of Fade to Blue VIP Reception, Allegany Arts Council
July 9, 2022 – Campers Weekend: Exhibit Public Openings and Campers Class Reunion

This exhibit is a part of collaboration between The Allegany Arts Council, Allegany Museum, Allegany High School, AHS Historical Research Methods Students, and photographer Michael Hunter Thompson are pleased to present a special program entitled, “If These Halls Could Talk: A Tribute to Allegany’s Campobello”, to take place in July 2022. If These Halls Could Talk is a collaborative effort that combines the unique artistic talent of photographer Michael Hunter Thompson and the professional quality research and development of projects by students at Allegany High School enrolled in the Historical Research Methods class.

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Historical Research Methods is a class that was created at Allegany High School in 1999. Utilizing the oral history methodology the class has written and published 15 books. The course has received several state and national awards, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Times and The History Channel. The responsibility of preserving the legacy of Allegany High School was a process that the Methods Students undertook as soon as it was decided to replace the school at Sedgwick Street with a new building on Seton Drive. In 2014 students began to digitize the composite pictures and organize thousands of items that had been collected over 100 years. Mr. Brian White has taught the course since its inception and developed the curriculum for it to be expanded countywide.