Grant Will Fund Catholic Summer School Exhibit

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NY Cliff Haven Catholic Summer SchoolThe Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. The funds are expected to support the creation of an interactive digital exhibit highlighting the history of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven, NY.

CCHA will partner with Roger Black, a local researcher of the Catholic Summer Schools of America, to provide historic interpretation of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven. The Historical Association houses a large collection of photos related to the Cliff Haven Catholic Summer School from the early 20th century.

“The exhibit will treat the public to a touchscreen display, guiding the viewer through the exhibit,” CCHA Director and Curator Melissa Peck said.  “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.”

A digital, interactive exhibit that features touchscreen technology is scheduled to open this winter.

The project is funded by an agreement awarded by the United States National Parks Service (NPS) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. NEIWPCC manages CVNHP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities.

The Clinton County Historical Association is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical material pertaining to the history of Clinton County and to interpret and celebrate through exhibits and programs, the county’s history. CCHA is located at 98 Ohio Avenue on the Old Base in Plattsburgh, New York and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm. For more information please visit

4 thoughts on “Grant Will Fund Catholic Summer School Exhibit

  1. Julie

    Melissa Peck, our new director did a great job with the grant writing. Roger Black, who works on the glass plate negatives spends hours rectifying the images – they’re beautiful. Thanks also the CCHA Board who have found preserving the negatives as a priority for the museum. Roger Black has a presentation about his work with the glass plate negatives that he gives to interested organizations. For more information contact Melissa Peck at: or 518-561-0340

  2. Tom Quigley

    When and how can I access the digital exhibit on the Cliff Haven Catholic Summer School? My grandmother attended one or more of those sessions in the early 1900s. Thank you.

  3. paul galvani

    I am writing an article for the newsletter of the United States Seniors’ Golf Association. One of its members 100 years ago was Msgr. Morgan M. Sheedy, the first President of the Catholic Summer School. Do you have any information in your exhibit about the Monsignor? In particular, is there any evidence that he played golf while in Cliff Haven? If I should be in contact with someone else, please advise.
    Thank you,
    Paul Galvani


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