April 9, 2013

Catholic Summer School exhibit planned

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Historical Association has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

The Historical Association will use the funds to support creation of a digital exhibit that will highlight the history of the Catholic Summer School’s presence in Cliff Haven throughout the early 20th century.

The association will partner with Roger Black, a local researcher of the Catholic Summer Schools of America, to create a digital exhibit.

The Historical Association houses a large collection of photos taken during the Catholic Summer School’s existence in Cliff Haven.

“The exhibit will treat the public to a touchscreen display, guiding the viewer through the exhibit,” Director/Curator Melissa Peck said in a news release.

“It will be interactive and engaging for the audience and will allow for the display of the large number of images that CCHA houses. This exhibit will not only serve the public but will also be used as a platform for new research.”

The research and interpretation will culminate with an exhibit that will be digitally formatted, with an interactive design, that is scheduled to open in winter of this year.

This project is funded by an agreement awarded by the U.S. National Parks Service to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. The Park Service manages the Heritage Partnership’s personnel, contract, grant and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities.

The Clinton County Historical Association is located at 98 Ohio Ave. in Plattsburgh. It is open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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