According to Dallas Holocaust Museum’s President/CEO Mary Pat Higgins,
“The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance opens its doors 361 days a year. Through its exhibits, speakers, docents and pre-recorded audio guides, it educates children and adults about the dangers of bigotry and hatred. Against the darkness of the Holocaust, which led to the near annihilation of 6 million Jewish people and 5 million others – Roma, Senti, homosexuals and people with mental or physical infirmities – the Museum sheds light on how each of us can say, ‘never again’ and stand by that promise. The Museum had record attendance in 2013, with almost 57,000 visitors, setting the bar high for increased growth in visitors, exposure, events and collaborative opportunities in 2014.
“The current space that the Museum occupies is almost too small to host the thousands of school children that visit each school year in very large groups. We are eager to begin building a new building on land we’ve purchased near the current location. However, first we must continue growing our footprint and expanding our brand though out DFW, North Central Texas, southern Oklahoma and Louisiana. We will continue to offer rich programming that brings together special exhibits, academics and witnesses of inhumanity, but also the survivors, liberators and rescuers—those who foster our hope for humanity.
“Yes, our goals for 2014 are aggressive. However, as an organization that has thrived for 30 years—this is our thirtieth anniversary year—we have an important legacy to carry forward. We must reach more people in our community with the lessons learned from the Holocaust and the dangers of indifference, intolerance, and denial. We must continue to tell this story.”
* Photo provided by Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance