978-462-8171 (extension 514) is an important phone number as far as a class of students attending Triton Regional High School is concerned.
If you have information on the opening of Triton in 1973, the students want to hear from you. If you’ve got answers, they’ve got questions!
We all have our own way of visiting museums. Most of us walk in the front door, wander around guided, or unguided, and tour the exhibits possibly offering a few “oohs” and “ahs” along the way. Then we walk back out the front door and return to our normal lives.
At Triton High School, a full-year elective course called, Museum Studies, looks at museums more thoroughly.
Led by Triton media specialist Andrea Sargent, Museum Studies gets into the inner workings of museums and explores what goes on behind-the-scenes.
Wisely, Triton has program coordinator Kathleen Corcoran on board from Historic New England of Boston in what is a museum/school partnership.
Historic New England has the largest collection of New England art and artifacts in the United States. They also own and operate 36 house museums in New England, four of which are located in Newbury. The Museum Studies class has visited several of the Newbury sites to find out how they operate.
“I have worked with Kathleen and Historic New England before and they do a wonderful job,” said Andrea.
The first part of the course involved gathering knowledge about museums. The second part, which is now underway, is where the students will be using their acquired knowledge to create an exhibit featuring the towns within the Triton school district – Rowley, Newbury, and Salisbury.
Remember that phone number I mentioned in the first paragraph? This is where it kicks in……….and you may be able to help.
The students in the course have decided on the time period they will use. It will start the year Triton opened (1973) and end with the present. Each of the students has one town to work on.
When the exhibit is finished at the end of the school year, an observer will be able to see an exhibit that highlights the past 36 years in Salisbury, Rowley, and Newbury.
Gathering information on recent times in the three towns is the easiest part. It’s the earliest Triton days that they want help on.
Some of you were part of the planning that brought the three towns into one district. Some of you were at Triton when it opened. What are your memories? Do you have some pictures and stories that the students could use? The number to call is still in the first paragraph.
“I have started to interview people about Newbury and they’ve been very helpful,” said junior Kristin Kelleher, one of the class members.
Senior Molly Lovell (choice student from Amesbury) is covering Salisbury and wants the exhibit produced to make Triton look good. “This is a very good school system and others need to know that. I am thankful for the opportunity to take this course and for the great support I’ve been getting from the staff.”
Another senior, Matt Denaro of Rowley, will be working on the town he lives in. Matt told me that a clear portrayal of the three district towns could benefit incoming students. “Many of the students enter Triton knowing little about the other two towns.”
“It’s exciting to watch the way they go about this research part,” added Andrea Sargent. “I think that they have a good vision of what they want to do.”
The road ahead will be a busy one for the course members as they search for exhibit materials. If you have materials/information that could help them, they would appreciate hearing from you.
(Prepared for The Town Common.)