ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Some students from the area are getting the chance to show off their knowledge of local history this evening in Elmira.
The group of 6th-grade students from the Horseheads Intermediate School are debuting their flood of '72 exhibit at the Chemung Valley History Museum on Water Street. The historic weather event is one that is still talked about to this very day, due to its devastating impacts to the area. The exhibit features several images with descriptions from the fateful flood, along with a preserved copy of the Star Gazette from June 30th, 1972.
Earlier today I spoke with the curator of the museum, Erin Doane, and she told me, "It's great that we've got this connection with younger students, as of course they were not alive during the flood of '72."
"The interest in local history is there, and it's just this great thing that their history teacher thought enough that they should be learning about local history. A lot of times in schools they have to focus on larger national events, as there is just not enough time in the school day to learn about local history."
If you'd like to learn more about the flood exhibit, then please tune into WENY News at 11 for an extended look into this evenings reception.