JOIN US for an Exciting Season of New Exhibits and Programming
Hope your New Year has gotten off to a good start – 2023 has been a busy one so far for the museum! As the number of local and out-of-area guests continues to increase, we are now open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with last guests admitted at 3:00 p.m. We have hosted a large number of student field trips, with more to come this month. Construction milestones continue to be reached on the museum’s new north wing – new plumbing, lighting and walls are currently being installed. Naming opportunities are available for new galleries, classroom technology, displays, and exhibits.
Please contact Susan for details at Susan@hmcec.org.
Busy Month Ahead
We hope to see you at the museum this month. Our February calendar is full of activity. This busy month has a teacher workshop, lecture and film programs, and an interesting and timely exhibit. We are also excited about our upcoming annual Triumph Fundraiser on March 15, 2023. Guest speaker will be Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, a nonprofit organization founded to promote democracy and liberty around the world.
“Two Regimes” Exhibit in the Estelle and Stuart Price Gallery
“Two Regimes” shares the story of a family living in Mariupol, Ukraine, under the brutal regimes of Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler. Teodora Verbitskaya, her young daughters Nadia
and Lucy, plus extended family, were swept up in the collateral damage of genocide and war, including the 1932-1933 Holodomor ordered by Stalin, and the Holocaust. “Two Regimes” includes passages from Teodora’s memoir about her life from 1920-1945. The exhibit’s paintings, done from memory by daughter Nadia, a professionally trained artist, strikingly illustrate the family’s wartime experiences. During World War II, the Nazis sent Teodora and her two daughters to Germany to work as slave laborers in forced labor camps. They endured this until 1945 when they were liberated by United States troops. When the war ended, they spent time in displaced persons camps until they were able to emigrate to Canada.
The exhibit will be on display through April 2023.
Nazi-Looted Art – Unfinished Business Lecture Series
Museum docent Ellaine Rosen continues her popular series, “Nazi-Looted Art – Unfinished Business” on Monday, February 6 and Monday, February 13. The lectures are held at the museum in the Maureen and Arnold Lerner Classroom from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free but a suggested minimum donation of $18 is greatly appreciated! Advance registration is required
Spring 2023 Teachers’ Professional Development Workshop
Saturday, February 25 9:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. The “Hands-on Holocaust Training” workshop will take place at the museum. All active Southwest Florida middle, high school and college /university level teachers are invited to participate. The theme will be “You’ve seen the new ‘Standards for Florida Holocaust Education’ Guidelines – come and find out how to use them.” All participants will leave equipped with resources to provide quality Holocaust education in their classrooms. The program will explore examples of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) lesson plans. Participants will also learn about the
available Holocaust education resources of both our museum and the USHMM. Teachers are asked to RSVP by February 17 on the museum’s website – www.hmcec.org.
For further information, please contact Education Specialist David Nelson
at 239-263-9200, ext# 205 or David@hmcec.org.
Stuart Mest, M.D. Two-Part Lecture Series – Eugenics, Experiments, Ethics: Nazi Germany, Japan and the United States
Part 1 Tuesday, February 28 and Part 2 Tuesday, March 7 at the museum from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the two-part series, and advance registration is required. The series will also be repeated on Thursday, March 23 (Part 1) and Thursday, March 30 (Part 2.)
Triumph 2023 featuring Guest Speaker Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House
Wednesday, March 15 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Our annual fundraiser will take place at Arthrex One Conference Center in Naples. Special guest speaker will be Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie to promote democracy and liberty around the world. Freedom House keeps watch over the global state of political rights and civil liberties. Mr.
Abramowitz engages with human rights defenders from all over the world. These include brave political activists, civil society leaders, journalists and others who are pushing back against repressive governments and dictatorships to secure basic rights and freedoms in their countries. Although Freedom House has tracked a steady decline in political rights and civil liberties in the last 16 years, Mr. Abramowitz says he has hope for the long-term because of the persistent and widespread demand for freedom. Tickets are $300 and a variety of sponsorship packages are available.
Featured Photo: Susan Suarez, President and CEO
Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
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