Welcome to the Educator’s Notebook, a place for the Museum’s education faculty to share valuable insight on teaching and learning about the Holocaust, human rights, and social justice.
There’s something compelling about looking a person in the eye as they tell you a story. Especially if the story is theirs, and especially when it is a difficult story to tell. It’s this raw moment of personal connection that makes our collection of Oral Testimonies one of the most popular resources in Boniuk Library, and as we celebrate National Library Week, we would be remiss not to share a bit about these well-loved resources with you all.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
When it was announced that this year’s theme for National Library Week was “Find Your Place at The Library,” it made perfect sense; Libraries are the sort of place where everyone can find a place at, and isn’t that a wonderful thing? But by March of this year, libraries across America and around the world shut their doors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the library ceased to be a place. Or, if it was still a place, its less recognizable without its usual bustle and was added to the growing list of places out of our reach.
So what does a pandemic mean for the identity of libraries? When doors close and crowds disperse, does the library cease to exist?
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
In the spirit of sharing our love of books with all of you, several of our staff shared their reading recommendations. Some of these books come from our very own Boniuk Library and others are from the at-home bookshelves of our HMH team, so the result is vibrant range of book recommendations to reflect the colorful personalities of our staff.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
We are asked, all too often, why does Holocaust Museum Houston have a permanent Human Rights Gallery? The simple answer is that the Holocaust was a prime example of human rights violations, on a very large, very public scale, and it was the Holocaust that led to critical conversations about human rights and genocide by the United Nations.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
One of the perks of being an educator at Holocaust Museum Houston is that thousands of students are touched by the work that we do, and the lessons we teach, each year. One of the downsides is that we only have a short time, with large groups of students, to convey the fundamental importance of this history, and make sure that every student in the room is impacted by what they have learned.