A new exhibit at the Chemung County Historical Society Museum researched and built by area 5th graders is scheduled to open this week.
Museum Director Bruce Whitmarsh say that forty-four fifth grade students of Horseheads Intermediate School social studies teacher Mr. John Liquori created the exhibit on the African-American experience in our community. These students, only nine and ten years old, took on the extraordinary task of taking primary and secondary source material and then using it to tell the story from the perspective of those who lived and experienced the struggle for racial equality.
According to a blog post on the museums website, the public will learn about the works of John Jones and other area abolitionists as well as the work done at the Neighborhood House. There will be artwork on display by artist Alsace Blanford and much more.
photo courtesy of Chemung County Historical Society
The public is invited to stop by the museum this Thursday, December 5th, from 5-7PM as the museum celebrates the students and the important historical work they did to tell this history.
There will be food and drinks, the opportunity to see and celebrate the new student-created exhibit, and also the chance to view the rest of the museum as well. This event is free and open to the public.
The museum is located at 415 East Water Street in Elmira.