2005-03-25 / Community

Rockaway Museum Prepares For FRHS Exhibit

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Susan Locke (Director of the Rockaway Museum) and Sharon Gabriel at the most recent meeting of Rockaway Museum Board members earlier this month.Susan Locke (Director of the Rockaway Museum) and Sharon Gabriel at the most recent meeting of Rockaway Museum Board members earlier this month.

  • Members of the Board of the Rockaway Museum met on March 16 to discuss the upcoming exhibit dedicated to the history of Far Rockaway High School. The exhibit, which was scheduled to open sometime next month, has hit a snag as the search continues for items to be displayed.
  • “We have to move this along,” said Susan Locke, the Director of the Museum.

    Howard Schwach and Micki Coughlin (both of the exhibition committee) have complied a list of things that the museum already has in its possession.

    Among the memorabilia are Dolphin yearbooks dating back as far as 1916 (including the 50th and 75th anniversary editions), copies of tests, a football and jacket, letter sweaters and photographs.

    In a memo to the board, Schwach laid out some ideas for the exhibit.

    “The letter jacket and football, along with pictures of the person who donated it, should be utilized as a unit with The Wave article about the game that day,” explained Schwach.

    He continued by saying “The question is how to display the many Dolphin (yearbooks) that we have. I would really like people to be able to thumb through the books, but they are fragile…. We could show them under glass, but that would limit the viewing to two pages in each book.”

    Those problems are small compared to getting more items for the exhibit.

    This reporter, who is on the exhibit committee, has already spoken with Principle Denise Hallet at FRHS, and will be speaking to her again in the very near future.

    Although Hallet said that the items the school has available are limited, Sharon Gabriel (also a member of the museum’s board) suggested asking FRHS for access to its archives to allow museum trustees to borrow some of the memorabilia that was displayed during the school’s 100th anniversary several years ago.

    The hope is to get additional items and display the colors – white and blue – of FRHS.

    “It has to sparkle,” Locke said of the upcoming exhibit.

    Anyone who would like to donate or lend items to the museum can call The Wave newspaper at 718 634-4000 and ask for Howard Schwach or Susan Locke.

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