The Florida Holocaust Museum is Closed to the Public but We are Still Working Hard to Deliver Our Mission.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is closed the general public to help prevent community spread of the COVID-19.  Although our building may be closed, The FHM’s work continues, particularly with school districts in Tampa Bay and around the state who are transitioning to virtual classrooms. We are actively working with educators in our area to bring them the tools they need. A special section has been set up on our website and we have a robust social media campaign to complement our efforts to reach those who might need our resources outside the Tampa Bay Area.  All of these resources and tools are offered free of charge.

Some of the things we are offering:

Grade appropriate Zoom Classroom lessons with a Holocaust Survivor or a Second Generation (adult child of Holocaust Survivors). We can host up to 100 participants in one virtual classroom.
The FHM Facebook Page has  a series of drop-in education-oriented posts.
Testimony Tuesday: Every Tuesday at 1:00 pm we will feature a filmed Holocaust Survivor or Second Generation conversation. (Recommended for grades 5 and above). Viewers will be able to ask questions.
Artifact Wednesday: Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm our Curator or Registrar will highlight different artifacts in the Museum’s collection.
Lesson Thursday: Every Thursday at 1:00 pm a Museum Educator will discuss resources and topics they can use in their virtual classroom. We will answer their questions as well.

Online resources featuring primary sources that can be used independently or with our Education Team’s assistance:

Museum Guide for Educators has images and activities corresponding with our core exhibition. These materials are available to download and can be used online in a virtual classroom.
Clips from Survivor testimonies: Include a short description and are a powerful first-hand testimony to include in virtual lessons.
Our collection of art and artifacts is searchable!: A powerful resource for any Holocaust topic.
Our YouTube channel has a variety of content for use anytime.

This is a moment in history when we all need the lessons that Holocaust Survivors have shared with us: lessons of hope and resilience. During this time of fear and uncertainty, our commitment to never forget and to educate remains strong. History has shown that there is an uptick in prejudice and bigotry during destabilizing events. It is critical right now to teach about the consequences of unchecked hatred, and the inherent worth and dignity of people of all races and cultures.

All these options are completely free. Please contact us at: [email protected] with any questions and requests.

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