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Americans and the Holocaust Traveling Exhibition

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Through the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, the Americans and the Holocaust traveling exhibition will tour 50 public and university libraries from March 2020 through March 2022. 

This 1,100-square-foot traveling exhibition is based on the exhibition that opened in April 2018 at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The Americans and the Holocaust traveling exhibition addresses important themes in American history, including Americans’ responses to refugees, war and genocide in the 1930s and ‘40s. This exhibition will challenge the commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded.

Drawing on a remarkable collection of primary sources from the 1930s and ‘40s, the exhibition focuses on the stories of individuals and groups of Americans who took action in response to Nazism. It will challenge visitors to consider the responsibilities and obstacles faced by individuals — from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to ordinary Americans — who made difficult choices, sought to effect change, and, in a few cases, took significant risks to help victims of Nazism even as rescue never became a government priority. The exhibit hopes to challenge people to not only ask “what would I have done?” but also, “what will I do?”

Where to See This Exhibition

2020

March 16 – April 27, 2020

  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
  • Prairie State College Library (Chicago Heights, IL)
  • University Libraries, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
  • Bozeman Public Library (Bozeman, MT)

May 11 – June 22, 2020

  • Juneau Public Libraries (Juneau, AK)
  • Marshalltown Public Library (Marshalltown, IA)
  • Braswell Memorial Public Library (Rocky Mount, NC)
  • Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library (Bismarck, ND)

July 7 – August 18, 2020

  • Pendleton Public Library (Pendleton, OR)
  • Independence Public Library (Independence, KS)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)
  • Watertown Regional Library (Watertown, SD)

September 1 – October 13, 2020

  • Laramie County Library System (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO)
  • Library of Hattiesburg Petal & Forrest County (Hattiesburg, MS)
  • Saint Peter Public Library (Saint Peter, MN)

October 28 – December 9, 2020

  • Billings Public Library (Billings, MT)
  • University of Arkansas Libraries (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Amarillo Public Library (Amarillo, TX)
  • Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)

2021

December 23, 2020 – February 10, 2021

  • Boise State University (Boise, ID) – Opening January 6, 2021
  • Chattanooga Public Library (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Petoskey District Library (Petoskey, MI)

February 24 – April 7, 2021

  • Snow College, Karen H. Huntsman Library (Ephraim, UT)
  • Marshall Public Library (Marshall, IL)
  • Troy University (Troy, AL)
  • Scott County Public Library (Georgetown, KY)

April 21 – June 2, 2021

  • Fresno County Public Library (Fresno, CA)
  • Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (Kokomo, IN)
  • Ben May Main Library, Mobile Public Library (Mobile, AL)
  • Milwaukee Public Library (Milwaukee, WI)

June 16 – July 28, 2021

  • Washoe County Library System (Reno, NV)
  • Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, OH)
  • Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (Columbus, GA)
  • Richland Library (Columbia, SC)

August 11 – September 22, 2021

  • Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Jacksonville Public Library (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Texas A&M University Libraries (College Station, TX)

October 6 – November 17, 2021

  • Rio Rancho Library and Information Services Division (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • New York City College of Technology (CUNY)/Ursula C. Schwerin Library (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Delray Beach Public Library (Delray Beach, FL)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE)

2022

December 1, 2021 – January 14, 2022

  • Bangor Public Library (Bangor, ME)
  • University of Mississippi (University, MS)
  • Yuma County Library District (Yuma, AZ)

January 28 – March 11, 2022

  • University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu (Kapolei, HI)
  • Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  • Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA)
  • University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)

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Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. 

The Museum's exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.