2010, No. 7

Education Department: 713-942-8000, ext.105

September 2010

PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIPS EARLY TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY

Field trips to Holocaust Museum Houston truly help to complement a study about the Holocaust. Schools are encouraged to consider visiting the Museum to learn more about the experiences of survivors who settled in Houston after the war. Docent-led tours are provided for groups of 10 or more, and there is no fee for admission or the guided tour. 

Due to space limitations within the Museum, tour dates are not always available. Teachers should discuss field trip dates and make plans early. Teachers should also keep testing dates and grading periods in mind so that the requested dates do not conflict with the school calendar.

To request a field trip, visit the Museum Web site at http://www.hmh.org/GroupTourRequest.aspx and complete the tour request form. 

The Museum also has a new Group and Student Tour Guide that will help teachers prepare students to participate in the docent-led tour. The free guide can be downloaded from the Web site at   http://www.hmh.org/Uploads/PDF/Group_Student_Tours_Guide.pdf.

"THE ART OF MEMORY: A TEACHER WORKSHOP ON HOLOCAUST MEMORY AND THE ARTS" SCHEDULED FOR THIS OCTOBER

Two major events that focus on memory and the arts in relation to the Holocaust will be occurring this November – the temporary exhibition, “Fragile Fragments” will open at Holocaust Museum Houston on Nov. 5 and on Nov. 23, the Houston Symphony will perform “Kaddish.” 

This one-day workshop, set for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, will prepare teachers to undertake a study of the Holocaust and the memories of these events as they are transmitted through memorials, art and music. 

The morning session will feature Professor James Young, who will explore the development of memorials and art to commemorate the Holocaust. Young is professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and currently the chair of the Department of Judiac and Near Eastern Studies.

The afternoon session will feature Lawrence Siegel, composer of “Kaddish” and Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, director of education at HMH, as they explore the significance of music in relating the experiences of the Holocaust. Siegel has been composer-in-residence at the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference since 1999 and is also a nationally known performer of traditional music on piano and mandolin.

Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of continuing professional education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whose provider number is 500499.

The $15 nonrefundable workshop fee covers workshop materials. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx by Oct. 20 to register online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

Teachers who plan to discuss the "Kaddish" project or take students to see the performance, may also find resources for developing their own study of this music at http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/arts/music.htm.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON RACE LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE

Most teachers probably have had students question how the Holocaust is relevant to American history.

This interactive workshop, "The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Race Laws,” scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, will help educators answer that question as participants explore the racist ideologies that governed two different nations, albeit with different outcomes. In this session, teachers will analyze the laws used to identify and segregate minority populations, discuss the scope of these laws and compare results of the laws. The day will involve many stimulus-based discussions, lesson ideas, resource suggestions and discussions on how to implement the workshop’s content into existing plans and programs.

Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of continuing professional education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whose provider number is 500499.

The $15 nonrefundable workshop fee covers workshop materials. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online by Jan. 26, 2011. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

MEET THE EDUCATION STAFF AT NMSA OR NCSS

HMH Education Department staff members will be presenting at the annual conferences for the National Middle School Association (NMSA) and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS). 

At NMSA, a session titled “Activism 101:  Understanding Genocide and What Students Can Do” will be on Friday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m.  Visit the NMSA Web site to learn more about this conference, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. 

At NCSS, a session titled “After the Holocaust: Voices in Response” will be on Friday, Nov. 12 at 10:15 a.m.   Visit the NCSS Web site to learn more about this conference, which will be held in Denver, Colorado.

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 YOM HASHOAH STATEWIDE ART, WRITING AND VIDEO CONTEST

In observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Commemoration Day, the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education sponsors an annual statewide art, writing and video contest for middle and high school students in Texas. The 2011 theme is “Holocaust Literature – Witness of the Past and Challenge for Today.” Visit the student section of the Museum’s Web site to download the contest rules and guidelines.

WEB RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

Yad Vashem is offering online courses through its virtual school.  There are three options:  “Germany 1918–1943,” “Jewish Life in the Ghettos” and “The ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question.'”  For teachers who register by Oct. 1, the cost for each workshop is only $30. For more information, visit Yad Vashem’s Web site at http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/education/courses/index.asp.

 

HMH LAUNCHES 2011 BUTTERFLY CALENDAR

The butterfly – with its story of rebirth and transformation into new life – has become a symbol of freedom from oppression, intolerance and hatred ever since Pavel Friedmann, a young boy held captive in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, wrote his poem “The Butterfly.”

A total of 15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through the Terezin camp from 1942 to 1944. Approximately 90 percent of these children perished. To remember all of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million butterflies prepared from arts and crafts materials for a breath-taking exhibition in 2013 that all will remember. This extraordinary calendar contains full-color images from butterflies made by children around the world as part of that effort.

Calendars are only $10 each if purchased at the Museum or can be ordered online at www.hmh.org for $9.24 plus tax. There is a $5 shipping and handling fee if ordered online.


The Museum is open seven days a week. General admission is free.
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,
Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

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HMH's Corporate Circle Members provide invaluable support for the Museum's worldwide educational programming.  These companies have committed to helping teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy against the backdrop of the largest  genocide in history
- the Holocaust.

Morgan Family Foundation

Bank of Texas
BMC Software
Mach Industrial Group

ABOUT HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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