By Annie Griffith
TROY — Troy graduates — young and old — might appreciate a walk through time with an upcoming exhibit.
Troy City School’s history will be displayed at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center beginning Friday and running through April 3.
The free exhibit — open to the public — will display artifacts from Troy City Schools. The opening reception for this exhibit will be from 5-6:45 p.m. Friday at the center.
Some artifacts from Trojan history you can find at the Hayner include architecture, arts, the people, and academics, according to Troy High School arts teacher and exhibit curator Jill Hartman. Everything from old class photos to band uniforms will be on display for Trojans and others to view, she said.
Each item was chosen because of the special meaning behind it, explained curator Jill Hartman. One of the pieces on display includes an old piece of the floor from the former court in the Fletcher Gym at Troy High School.
“They aren’t worth anything to anyone who didn’t play a game, take a class or go to a dance in that gym, but I love the idea that it was special enough for someone to save,” Hartman said. “It really isn’t about the floor, it’s about the memory that the floor creates.”
Jill Hartman is not the only curator for “Historically Speaking: Troy City Schools,” Judy Deeter, Julie McMiller, and Meredith Parris helped get this show on the road. Deeter will also be giving a presentation about Trojan history at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.
Each of these women has a strong connection to Troy City School’s history. Some of the curators are graduates of Troy High School, as well have family members who have attended Troy. Some have even left sports records behind that have not yet been broken.
Some historical artifacts hold memories with the curators, which makes their job even better, Hartman said. The responsibilities these women have are responsibilities they enjoy, according to Jill Hartman.
“As curators we determine what we want to show, how it is laid out in the space, what the advertising looks like and what deadlines we have to meet,” Hartman said.
“I enjoy being a volunteer curator. I have discovered it may be something I want to do full-time in the future.”
The hours of operation for the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center are 7-9 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Annie Griffith is a Troy High School senior and member of the Trojan Tempo. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism.