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2/11/2008
 
Holocaust Educators Worldwide to Convene in Houston
 

HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 11, 2008) – Holocaust educators from across the globe will meet in Houston this March for a first-of-its-kind forum for discussing challenges and strategies related to teaching the Holocaust in modern times.

Holocaust Museum Houston will host the International Conference of Holocaust Museum Educators March 2-6, 2008, on behalf of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO).

"Holocaust museums are a relatively new phenomenon," said AHO President Dr. William Shulman. "Most have only been in existence for 10 or 15 years, and there is a need for experts in various areas to meet each other, share information and get new ideas."

Shulman said the conference will give educators from around the world the opportunity to network and discuss problems they have in common. The conference also will feature programs and panels in which Holocaust educators will discuss challenges and strategies related to teaching about genocide and the Holocaust.

Speakers will include Dr. William Meinecke, historian for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, who will discuss challenges museum educators face; Karen Polak, international coordinator of the educational department for the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam; and Dr. Wolf Kaiser, deputy director and head of the educational department of the House of the Wannsee Conference, both of whom will speak about teaching the Holocaust in museums at original Holocaust sites.

While the conference is not open to the general public, Shulman said educators from Holocaust organizations around the world have been invited to participate. To date, educators from Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada are expected to participate.

Sessions will be held at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.

"Houston is one of the premier Holocaust Museums in the world," Shulman said. "Fortunately, the institution was gracious enough to be the host of this important event."

Next year, the AHO plans to hold the first conference for Holocaust museum curators, and a forum for Holocaust librarians will be held the following year.

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, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit our Web site at www.hmh.org.

 
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Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6804
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Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

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The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


Effective April 15, 2014, admission rates for Holocaust Museum Houston will change. Please note the new rates:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 26, 2014), D-Day (June 6, 2014), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2014) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2015).

The Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

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