The crowd was all smiles as Holocaust Museum Houston marked its 20th anniversary
on with a VIP-only champagne reception at Neiman Marcus on March 10 to launch its
latest exhibit, one developed with help from children all across the globe.
More than 1.5 million handmade butterflies were submitted to the Museum from every
continent except Antarctica to memorialize the 1.5 million children who were killed
in the Holocaust. The result is “The Butterfly Project,” a series of six traveling
cases with some of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking samples. Three of the
cases will remain at The Galleria through March 31, and then all six will begin
appearing at locations throughout the area through March 2017.
Viewing dates, times and locations can be found on the Museum’s new interactive
Web site devoted to the project at www.hmh.org/butterflies.
Museum Executive Director Dr. Kelly Zuniga opened the party, saying, “Not since
our opening in 1996 has such a project been so important to our Museum’s future
and our community.
“Butterflies are a powerful symbol of transformation and the ability to make an
impact with just a flap of one’s wings,” she said. “They symbolize all the good
things that humanity can imagine, while reminding us that life is fragile and dignity
Also addressing the crowd were Project Chair and former Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen
and current Chair Gail Klein.
The almost 150 people present sipped champagne and sparkling water while listening
to the sounds of Moodafaruka.
Seen in the crowd were HMH Board members Leisa Holland-Nelson, Heidi Gerger, Nancy
Dinerstein and Crystal Ashby. Others included Holocaust Survivors Edith Mincberg,
Bill Orlin, Ruth Steinfeld and Chaja Verveer.
Joining the party were Board member Steve Estrin and wife Denise, Ann and Jorge
Leis, Susan Bischoff, Eileen Weisman, Neiman’s General Manager Bob Devlin, Trish
and Katherine Morille, Kim Ruth and Laura and Rick Jaramillo.