20th Anniversary National Tour for US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is currently conducting a tour for its 20th Anniversary in order to honor survivors and World War II veterans.  The event promises to be an educational experience, is family-friendly, and free.  The US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th Anniversary theme, “Never Again. What You Do Matters,” challenges today’s generations to take action against indifference.  The tour will come to New York City for one day on Sunday, March 3rd.  Continue reading for more details on the activities and highlights especially geared towards children and families.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Family Art Project

In each city, the Museum will host a free, day-long public event of programming and family activities.  The Museum encourages people of all ages to participate in this historic moment.  The New York City tour stop will be on March 3 from 9am-5pm at the Hilton New York.  Again, the event is free, but advanced registration is required via this link.

There are engaging and instructive activities throughout the day, but highlights for children include:

  • Building Blocks of Hope – A hands-on art project for children (ages six and above) that will travel to DC for the Museum’s 20th anniversary event in April 2013.
  • Family Research/World Memory Project – Opportunities to conduct Holocaust-era family research in the Museum’s extensive archive and to participate in the World Memory Project.
  • Time Capsule in a Milk Can – Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto: A one-man theatrical performance recommended for students in middle school and older.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum Tour

One of the three milk cans used by Warsaw ghetto historian Emanuel Ringelblum to store and preserve the secret “Oneg Shabbat” ghetto archives. Credit: Zydowski Instytut Historyczny imienia Emanuela Ringelbluma


Additional programming will include interactive workshops and panel discussions to engage audiences in such thought-provoking questions as: What if Hitler had access to the Internet? Does memory have the power to change the world? Can we make “Never Again” more than a promise?  Click here to see the full schedule of events planned for New York City on March 3rd.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Tour

Museum curators will also be on site to provide helpful information on how to preserve Holocaust-era artifacts or donate personal collections as part of the Museum’s ongoing work to rescue the evidence of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.  Onsite family research services will be available for survivors and their families.  Rare films and historical footage from the Museum’s collection that have never been seen outside the Museum’s walls will be featured in special viewings.

The day will conclude with a tribute ceremony to honor Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans as they pass to new generations the challenge to always remember the victims and survivors and to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust.

In addition to New York City, the tour will stop in Los Angeles (February 17) and Chicago (June 9).  There will also be a National Tribute on Sunday and Monday, April 28-29, 2013 in Washington DC.  This day-long, free public event provides an excellent opportunity to education the next generation as to how their actions can make a difference.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.