Johnstown School Museum

Johnstown School Museum Perserving the past for the future!! To Schedule a tour call Bill Pollak at (518) 762-7646

Museum Hours: June 1—September 30 (the first Friday in June to the last Saturday in September) Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon or other times by request, call Bill Pollak at (518) 762-7646 The Museum The idea to create a school district museum existed for years and is now a reality. The official opening of the Greater Johnstown School District Museum was held Saturday, May 3, 2003. Established as an effort to preserve the history and the rich tradition of education in Johnstown, the 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 archives. An ongoing effort to acquire additional collectibles exists and memorabilia donations for the museum are always accepted. Those wishing to donate can call (518) 762-7646. Please send memorabilia to: 2 Prindle Avenue Johnstown, NY 12095.

Discussing the museum’s successful 2018 season. After today, the museum will be open by appointment only until spring....
09/29/2018

Discussing the museum’s successful 2018 season. After today, the museum will be open by appointment only until spring. Stay tuned for updates as we look forward to our 2019 season!

Guess who has a birthday on July 17th?   Yup..the CURATOR himself!  Give him a call!  518-762-7646  🎉🎁
07/17/2018

Guess who has a birthday on July 17th? Yup..the CURATOR himself! Give him a call! 518-762-7646 🎉🎁

Live music coming to downtown on four Thursday nights this summer! The Citizens Band is still doing its traditional conc...
06/30/2018

Live music coming to downtown on four Thursday nights this summer! The Citizens Band is still doing its traditional concerts on Friday nights as well!

06/30/2018

If you are going to the JOHNSTOWN SCHOOL MUSEUM today, make sure curator is hydrating.😎

The curator and Johnstown Historian Noel Levee had a laugh or two during today’s fall meeting of the museum advisory b...
11/04/2017

The curator and Johnstown Historian Noel Levee had a laugh or two during today’s fall meeting of the museum advisory board. The museum is closed for the season (except by appointment), but we are planning next year’s events!

10/23/2017
10/23/2017

Mr. Pollak found some photos taken at the museum back in 2008 ... almost a decade ago!

Have you heard? Downtown Johnstown is going to have some great events next summer!
10/12/2017
Johnstown Mid-Summer Concert Series

Have you heard? Downtown Johnstown is going to have some great events next summer!

A new effort to organize and promote a free summer concert series to compliment the Johnstown Citizens Band's performances in downtown Johnstown.

09/30/2017

Last day of the season tomorrow Saturday September 30th be sure to stop by and tell the curator thanks for all his hard work!

09/30/2017

Last day of the museum season tomorrow Saturday September 30th make sure you stop by and tell the curator thanks for all his hard work! He claims it's his last shift forever!

Your favorite curator has a birthday on July 17th!  Give him a buzz to share a greeting. 5187627646.   He loves phone ca...
07/16/2017

Your favorite curator has a birthday on July 17th! Give him a buzz to share a greeting. 5187627646. He loves phone calls and visits!

Nice turnout today at our opening day event. We will be open every Saturday morning (9 am till noon) this summer except ...
06/03/2017

Nice turnout today at our opening day event. We will be open every Saturday morning (9 am till noon) this summer except for graduation day.

05/14/2017

Happy Mother's Day, folks!

A labor of love: Pollak preserving memories at Johnstown school museum
03/26/2017
A labor of love: Pollak preserving memories at Johnstown school museum

A labor of love: Pollak preserving memories at Johnstown school museum

Bill Pollak, curator of the Johnstown school district’s museum, is surrounded by school memorabilia. The 81-year-old Pollak, over the past 14 years, has created an unmatched collection of artifacts from the district. If you went to Johnstown schools, you can probably find yourself somewhere in the c...

The museum board is deliberating and prognosticating ... Stay tuned for news about events and reunion in 2017.
10/15/2016

The museum board is deliberating and prognosticating ... Stay tuned for news about events and reunion in 2017.

10/01/2016

Please note the regular Saturday hours are done for the season. For reunion events and special gatherings contact Bill Pollak at 5187627646

08/13/2016

Even though the area around the Museum completely under contruction at the moment, the Curator and crew are waiting for visitors!! We will be there next Saturday also... 9 to 1p.m. The content and the temperture are both very cool!!!!

This little cowboy never dreamed he would be the curator of the school museum, but sure enough he is!  And it is his bir...
07/12/2016

This little cowboy never dreamed he would be the curator of the school museum, but sure enough he is! And it is his birthday this weekend! Stop by the school museum Saturday July 16th between 9-2! You will love it!

The curator cordially invites you to the museum this sat July 9 between 9-12 to tour down memory lane!  Don't let the co...
07/06/2016

The curator cordially invites you to the museum this sat July 9 between 9-12 to tour down memory lane! Don't let the construction fool you...the museum IS OPEN!

07/02/2016

If you are in the area today July 2.....stop by and visit the museum. All open despite construction all around the facility. The curator has been discouraged of late and your smiling face will be greatly appreciated! Take a look it's amazing and so is the curator!

Core Leadership with Sue Kowalski
09/08/2015
Core Leadership with Sue Kowalski

Core Leadership with Sue Kowalski

By Christine Vickers, MLS, CAS Even in 2015, the image of a School Librarian and a school library program may conjure up traditional images. But at Pine Grove Middle School in the East Syracuse Minoa School District, something very special is happening and their Librarian Sue Kowalski is at its cor

Curator has a milestone bday this week!  Join us in bday greetings! July 17th!  8 decades of changing the world!
07/15/2015

Curator has a milestone bday this week! Join us in bday greetings! July 17th! 8 decades of changing the world!

06/03/2015

Molly Sear fromJohnstown High School receiving her Personal Best award from CBS6

Molly Sear from Johnstown High School receives her award from CBS6' s Personal Best
06/03/2015

Molly Sear from Johnstown High School receives her award from CBS6' s Personal Best

Museum Board of Directors meeting!  #historicalthinktank!
03/23/2015

Museum Board of Directors meeting! #historicalthinktank!

Amazing token given to curator last week from Jim Race...made him soo happy! (Photo by daughter of bill pollak)
03/23/2015

Amazing token given to curator last week from Jim Race...made him soo happy! (Photo by daughter of bill pollak)

Class of 81 graduate and daughter of CURATOR POLLAK would LOVE your vote for her BOOKMOBILE program (a solution to a maj...
01/20/2015
Follett Challenge - Empowering Innovation

Class of 81 graduate and daughter of CURATOR POLLAK would LOVE your vote for her BOOKMOBILE program (a solution to a major 2 year middle school renovation & relocation to 6 schools!) Thank you so much! http://follettchallenge.com/video.cfm?id=541

Follett is rewarding top-notch educators who are designing 21st century teaching and learning programs. $200k is up for grabs so take the Follett Challenge!

12/30/2014

Molly Sear from Johnstown was on there last month!!!

Curator Bill Pollak is seen in action at Saturday's meeting of the Johnstown School Museum Advisory Board. #brainfood
11/18/2014

Curator Bill Pollak is seen in action at Saturday's meeting of the Johnstown School Museum Advisory Board. #brainfood

JHS alumnus Joshua Mehigan will make an appearance Nov. 2 at the Johnstown Public Library:
10/21/2014

JHS alumnus Joshua Mehigan will make an appearance Nov. 2 at the Johnstown Public Library:

Joshua Mehigan, a Johnstown High School alumnus, will read from his latest book, Accepting the Disaster, on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. here at the library.

His first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP), was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His second book, Accepting the Disaster, was released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on July 1, 2014.

Mehigan’s poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry, which awarded him its 2013 Levinson Prize. His writing has also been featured on Little Star Weekly, Poetry Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac, and in anthologies such as Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin) and Bright Wings (Columbia UP). Translations of his poems by Christophe Fricker have appeared in various German periodicals, including Akzente and Krachkultur.

In 2011, Mehigan was awarded Poetry magazine’s Editors Prize for best feature article of the year, and was also the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thanks Jane Sitterly for all you do to make these things happen!
06/09/2014

Thanks Jane Sitterly for all you do to make these things happen!

06/08/2014

Today's the day for the fox football commemorative photo and tribute to fox himself...come celebrate if you played or not....there with be a spectator section! 12 noon Briggs field behind Jansen. SSSSHHHH its a surprise!

2014 Johnstown High School track team!
04/17/2014

2014 Johnstown High School track team!

2013-2014 Johnstown JV Winterguard state bronze medalist team!!!
04/17/2014

2013-2014 Johnstown JV Winterguard state bronze medalist team!!!

In case you wondered what Knox Field looks like from space:
04/16/2014

In case you wondered what Knox Field looks like from space:

From the 1939 JHS Baronet yearbook:
02/08/2014

From the 1939 JHS Baronet yearbook:

Courtesy of our friends at the Old School Museum in Bleecker:
01/29/2014

Courtesy of our friends at the Old School Museum in Bleecker:

11/30/2013

Great bookstore shpped.there yesterday!

In today's Leader:
09/22/2013

In today's Leader:

Pete Hormell, left, and Mike Companion of the 2nd Continental Artillery, a re-enactment group from Fort Edward, are seen preparing a cannon for Saturday's General Dodge Day ceremony at Johnstown's Colonial Cemetery. Additional photos and coverage by reporter Casey Croucher appear in today's edition.

The Curator was hard at work after this morning's museum board meeting.
09/14/2013

The Curator was hard at work after this morning's museum board meeting.

08/07/2013

The museum is open Friday and Saturday mornings and at other times by arrangement with Bill Pollak (at (518) 762-7646). Admission is free.

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501 Glebe St
Johnstown, NY
12095

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