2004-12-10 / Community

Rockaway Museum Seeks FRHS Memorabilia

Museum Docent Miki Coughlin in the museum with a Far Rockaway High School yearbook from June, 1936. Old yearbooks will be one centerpiece of the coming FRHS Revisited exhibition at the Rockaway Museum beginning in March.Museum Docent Miki Coughlin in the museum with a Far Rockaway High School yearbook from June, 1936. Old yearbooks will be one centerpiece of the coming FRHS Revisited exhibition at the Rockaway Museum beginning in March. Remember fondly your days at Far Rockaway High School? Or, do you remember the angst of being a teenager and running too often into Phil Teitze?

In either case, the Rockaway Museum, located at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, wants you and your memories for a new exhibition to be mounted in March of 2005. Although the museum, now entering its tenth year, has lots of Far Rockaway High School yearbooks and memorabilia stored away in its archives, it needs the help of the school’s alumni to come up with those very special items that defined the high school years – prom pictures or memorabilia, athletic awards, uniforms, class pictures, pictures of extracurricular activities, letter jackets, cheerleaders uniforms and the like.

In addition, the museum plans to run videotapes of alumni talking about their time at FRHS. Those tapes, which should be 3 to 5 minutes in length, will run as a continuous loop in the museum’s technology corner.

Material for the exhibition may be either donated or loaned to the museum. Items on loan must remain with the museum for the run of the exhibition – planned for March through December, 2005.

“We want this exhibition to be something special,” said Howard Schwach, the chairperson for the museum’s Exhibit Committee. “We want to span the entire history of the school with alumni remembrances and memorabilia from every decade from the beginning to those who graduate this year.”

Those who provide material to the museum will be invited to a gala opening ceremony next year and their names will be affixed as the donor.

One of the central pictures to be exhibited is a large mural-sized picture of the school’s 50 th Anniversary Dinner with many familiar faces of staff at that time as well as hundreds of alumni.

Other material includes yearbooks and artifacts from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

Those interested in further information can contact the museum’s docent, Micki Coughlin on Mondays, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from noon to 4 p.m. at 718-634-4000.

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