Exhibit: The High School That Rocked!

June 16th, 2017 until September 2nd, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The focus of the exhibit will be on capturing the story of how six legendary bands (later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) all performed at Staples High from 1966-68, creating indelible memories for local students.  It is a unique slice of rock history that happened right here in Westport–and a moment in time that will probably never happen again.


The High School That Rocked exhibit will be built around the subject matter of the new documentary short (with the same title) that has already generated a fair amount of favorable media coverage.

The exhibit will display over 100 vintage visuals including replicas of the original concert posters, blow-ups of ticket stubs, clippings from the Staples student newspaper Inklings and the local Town Crier, and photos taken at the concerts and behind the scenes by high school and junior high students.

The exhibit will contain a clip from the documentary short, along with a vintage portable record player, records, and clock radio–so that WHS baby-boom visitors can not only relive but also hear some of those classic music memories or, in the case of younger visitors, discover how kids back then actually listened to new music.


Fred Cantor and Mary Gai, curators for this exhibit, hope to capture what was happening locally as accurately as possible–as reflected in local reporting and photos.

Finally, the exhibit will also contain visuals and information pertaining to Staples alumni from that era who made their mark in the world of music.

The ultimate goal is to create not just an exhibit but an atmosphere that will be both informative and pure fun!

Related events:

Tuesday, August 8, Emma Charleston Concert, Levitt Pavilion, View Emma’s Video Here  Check Levitt Pavilion website for details.
Monday, August 14, Panel Discussion, 60′ Music Scene, Westport Library, Click link below              

Monday, August 21: Music Memoir  by Charlie Karp here at WHS, click on link for all the info:  http://westporthistory.org/events/music-memoir-by-charlie-karp/

Click on the links below for all the great articles on the exhibit and documentary: check out this facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/westportrockssummerfestival/





To see the News Channel 12 report on our exhibit, click here:




Thank you to our sponsors:  Newman’s Own, Inc., Laurence S. Untermeyer, Arlene and Marty Yolles and Alan Neigher.