Fostering Community Support

When you plan a visit to a museum, historical site, or park, often it is to see a collection of art or sculpture, to look at surviving artifacts, and generally to learn more. One of the often overlooked pillars of any nonprofit are the people who support and share the organization’s mission and goals; whether it is through volunteering, financial giving, or a combination of both. While the employees share a passion for the organization, the simple answer is that without community involvement, the nonprofit would not exist.

Benefits of Professional Conferences

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) held its annual conference in Washington, DC this year. These conferences offer a chance to hear about new technology and techniques in the field and interact with others who might be dealing with the same problems.    

Lobby Renovations

If you have visited the Virginia Holocaust Museum over the past six months, you will have seen changes occurring everywhere.  New walls being built, old ones being knocked down and most importantly the updates in our permanent exhibitions.  However, if you have visited within the last few weeks you will have seen some of these changes in action.  The front desk and reception area of the museum is currently under construction.  This has always been and area of discussion, and plans to renovate it have been on the books for over a year.  This summer we are finally able to make it happen!

Summer Design Internship

As a 2014 Summer Intern, my role at the museum has been to design future exhibits and to update existing exhibits. This involves choosing photos and creating illustrations to use in panels, constructing installations, and rearranging displays. When I arrived at the museum in June, I focused on concentration camps. During the month of July, I planned exhibits for ghettos and the T4 Euthanasia Program. My most recent project was updating the storefront in the Kristallnacht exhibit and hanging an art show.

Sydnor on Remembering the Holocaust

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, I spoke to the Holicky – Sitter US Marine Corps Veterans Group of Richmond.  The topic I addressed for the Marine Corps veterans was the work and mission of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and the critical role the Museum will play in transforming memories of the Holocaust into the history of the Holocaust as it will be known and remembered through the coming generations.

Perpetrators Traveling Exhibit

The Virginia Holocaust Museum is proud to announce the opening of Perpetrators, a traveling exhibition from the Florida Holocaust Museum. Forty original prints by artist Sid Chafetz depict the involvement of those who implemented and executed the Nazi's heinous schemes. The artist urges the audience to acknowledge the boundaries of individual responsibility and personal accountability. 

Mission

Founded in 1997, the Virginia Holocaust Museum views its primary mission as educating the world-wide community about the historical and personal realities of the Holocaust. Through its permanent exhibitions, the Museum remembers the atrocities of the Shoah, the sacrifices of its victims, the bravery of its heroes and the courage of the survivors. The Museum’s commitment to Tolerance Through Education, encapsulates its goal to combat intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, fear and hatred with knowledge, understanding, compassion and acceptance. Having worked with the Virginia General Assembly to mandate Holocaust education in Virginia’s public schools, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to train Virginia’s teachers how to approach the Holocaust and modern genocides through Teacher Education Institutes and other workshops. We likewise provide the community with a rich variety of materials housed in the Carole Weinstein Holocaust Research Library. The Museum equally believes its goal to educate obligates it to mount an array of cultural programs open to the public.

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