Pictured from top left is Dr. Shannon Lalor, instructor of history, and Dr. Joey Fink, assistant professor of history. From the bottom left is Dr. Amanda Allen, assistant professor of history, and Dr. Rick Schneid, chair and Herman and Louise Smith professor of history.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 19, 2022 – High Point University faculty in the Department of History gave back to the local community through a bench donation at the High Point Museum. An official dedication ceremony revealing the benches and donors took place on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Dr. Amanda Allen, assistant professor of history, says several faculty joined together to support a special project involving local High Point resident Kaden Pohlman. He is a Boy Scout seeking his Eagle Scout merit award by building, designing and constructing six benches for the museum’s historical park as his final service project.
“Those of us who donated did so because we value what the High Point Museum does for the local community in preserving our traditions,” said Allen. “Many of us work with the museum and they really love working with the HPU community. We are dedicating the bench to our history students to cement that their four years in High Point have left a mark in the community and the subject they love: history.”
The benches replaced the current seating in the museum’s historical park, and each bench is dedicated to a person or group based on the donor’s preferences. Sara Blanchett, High Point Museum’s curator of education, says the benches are more inviting to visitors and have transformed the space in a big way.
“We have a great relationship with the HPU history department and have partnered on a number of projects through the years,” said Blanchett. “This partnership not only helps provide insight and experience to future historians and museum professionals, but it also allows for community outreach and support to important causes. It shows that we care about High Point and local residents, and we will continue to do so.”
This is one of the many ways that HPU students, faculty and staff give back to the local community.