Education memories brought to life in Truro museum exhibit

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Truro high schools dating back to 1841 featured

TRURO – Elinor Maher looks around the Colchester Historeum and smiles as memories come flooding back.

Maher recalls attending Colchester County Academy high school in Truro and is astonished how times have changed in the education system since then.

“You can’t imagine how strict school was,” she said while looking at various items that are part of the museum’s current high schools of Truro exhibit.

And what is more common today in society wasn’t in those days, she said.

“A boy was (caught) drinking one time and that was shocking. Drugs existed in other places, but not in Truro, Nova Scotia.” 

The exhibit, which is on display until the end of September, features Truro’s first high school, The Academy (1841), which was located on Walker Street; the Model School (1870s), where the current police station is; Colchester County Academy (1903), also where the police station is; and then what was referred to as the Truro Senior High School (1950s to 1970).

Maher, the program and exhibits co-ordinator at the Truro-based museum, hopes people will take their own trip down high school memory lane by dropping into the museum and enjoying the seven displays capturing life in senior high from 1841 to the beginning of Cobequid Educational Centre’s opening.

“I hope it stirs up some memories. For some people, they were the happiest times. Most people who live in Truro over the age of 65 would’ve gone to one of the high schools,” so they’d enjoy the photos and memorabilia of class and sports photos, plaques, stories and much more, Maher said.

“We never did anything on high schools before so we thought it would be a good exhibit and it’s an ordinary, everyday thing people can relate to.”

Maher believes the exhibit will also educate the community.

“It’s astonishing how few things are were offered at schools compared to today and I also learned The Academy was used as a temporary hospital during the Halifax Explosion.”

Maher also has a request of the community. Anyone who has photographs or memorabilia from Truro Senior High School is encouraged to loan it to the exhibit as there are few items in that particular display.

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If you go:

What: Colchester Historeum

Where: 29 Young St., Truro Daily News

Hours: August - Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September hours - Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.


Organizations: Truro museum, Colchester County Academy, Truro Senior High School Cobequid Educational Centre Daily News

Geographic location: Truro, Nova Scotia, Walker Street

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