The FHM celebrates 25 years by highlighting the stories of volunteers and staff
March 21, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] – Since its inception, The Florida Holocaust Museum’s (The FHM) focus has been to tell the story of the millions who suffered or died during the Holocaust through personal testimonies, official documentation, photographs, and artifacts of individual narratives. This year, in celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Museum will also be highlighting the stories of its volunteers and staff.
The FHM’s “Ask Me” campaign, which launched inside the Museum today, encourages Museum visitors to converse with staff, volunteers, docents, board members, and leadership council members who are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share their individual stories regarding their involvement with the Museum over the last 25 years.
“The Florida Holocaust Museum’s 25th Anniversary means a lot to me. I have been involved here from its inception and am now speaking to students and teachers. It is very important for students to know the history of what happened during the Second World War. I am grateful for the opportunity to come to this Museum and speak to students and answer their questions,” said Holocaust Survivor, Mary Wygodski. “The Museum is like my second home.”
Last month, The FHM celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a grand celebration at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in downtown St. Petersburg. Over 700 supporters of the Museum attended the sold out To Life: The FHM’s 25th Anniversary gala, which raised over $645,000 to support the Museum’s educational programs and to preserve its large collection of artifacts and art.
The FHM plans to celebrate reaching this monumental milestone all year long. In the coming months, The FHM will present numerous free 25th Anniversary celebratory programs, events, and exhibitions, along with its daily educational and outreach efforts.
Upcoming 25th Anniversary Programs:
March 26- The FHM invites the community to come together in a celebration of family, history, heritage, and delicious recipes at the Museum’s 3rd Annual Pass the Plate: The FHM’s Spring Cook-Off.
March 30- New York Times bestselling author Tilar J. Mazzeo will speak as part of The Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum lecture series at USFSP.
April 13- The FHM’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) lecture series brings Rwandan Genocide testimony expert Karen Jungblut to St. Petersburg.
To learn more about The FHM’s upcoming 25th Anniversary events and exhibitions, visit the Museum online at www.TheFHM.org/25th.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
2017 marks a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.