The New Rochelle community is in for an informative lesson in history, thanks to a traveling Anne Frank exhibit at the high school, featuring photographs and representations of historical events — including a likeness of Anne Frank’s bedroom. The exhibit, called “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” tells the story of Frank’s life, and is the collaborative effort of students at NRHS who have been trained to give tours of the exhibit, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and the nonprofit New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence.
The exhibit is free and will run until December 7. Museum hours run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The museum, which is located right within the main NRHS building, will also be open during the evenings of November 17 and 21.
“We are thrilled to bring this exciting and inspiring exhibit to our students and the broader New Rochelle and Westchester community,” said Steve Silverman, board chair of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence. “The lessons that Anne Frank taught us are relevant now as they were over 70 years ago.”
Additional programming will continue to support the exhibit, with a showing of “My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes” at 7 p.m. on November 21. “A Conversation With Anne and Martin” will be performed at the Linda Kelly Theater at the school at 7 p.m. on November 29 with actors who play Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Exhibit docent and junior Emonty Barnes said he had learned only part of the story of Anne Frank in elementary school. “Having a visual of how she lived made me more appreciative,” he said.
With this program, “we want to ensure that the next generation learns about her life and wisdom,” Silverman said. The Museum of Arts and Culture at the New Rochelle High School is located at 265 Clove Road in New Rochelle and is on the second floor.
By Tamar Weinberg