Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum Inc

  • Naples, FL
  • www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida is to promote respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust.

We do this through: Collecting artifacts that tell the individual stories within the larger history of the Holocaust • Providing educational programs and activities to students at all grade levels • Presenting general public programs that highlight elements of our collection and stories related to the Holocaust and other genocides.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Boxcar Transportation & Education Project
  3. Cooking Up Hope: How Tradition Builds Community
  4. Film or Book Discussion Series
  5. Oral/Visual History Project
Service Areas

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Florida

Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Sarasota Counties in Florida

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Joshua Bialek

Keywords

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Education, Holocaust, Respect

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Also Known As

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

EIN

59-3740883

 Number

4324994325

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since its inception in 2001, the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SW FL has impacted over 90,000 students in 6 counties. The Museum "makes history personal" by introducing students and adults alike to Holocaust Survivors, WWII Veterans and other witnesses who can share their own story as it relates to these historical events. In so doing, we are able to connect the present to the past in a way that will have a positive impact on the future.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Museum operates docent and Audio-led tours for middle and high school classes, community groups, and the general public. In addition, the Museum offers school and community educational opportunites through tours, speakers, films and special exhibitions.provide community education opportunties on the history of the Holocaust and issues of tolerance and diversity school by presenting nationally known speakers, documentary films and special exhibitss; and maintains a lending library of Holocaust related books and videos. Preparatory and follow-up materials are provided to teachers, including books, videos, teachers' guides and other supplementary materials. In conjunction with school administrators, we offer teacher education and curriculum support, including a teacher workshops.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Boxcar Transportation & Education Project

The Boxcar Transportation & Education Project is a unique program that allows area schools to host our authentic WWII boxcar on their campus.  This is the only "touring" boxcar in the United States.  Students experience history first hand by meeting a Holocaust Survivor and seeing this iconic piece of history.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Cooking Up Hope: How Tradition Builds Community

"Cooking Up Hope" is a cooperative program with local schools. It is based on the "Holocaust Survivor Cookbook" and focuses on the importance of maintaining traditions (family, religious, cultural), particularly in difficult times.  Participation in this programs helps students make connections with their own family and cultural traditions.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$3,500.00

Program 4

Film or Book Discussion Series

Annual series for the general public, based either on selected books or films related to the Holocaust and/or other human rights issues.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 5

Oral/Visual History Project

Through the O/V History Project, we are filming our local Holocaust Survivors and Liberators.  In this way, we will have a record of their experiences during WWII and beyond even after they are no longer with us.  These testimonies are then used in a variety of ways to enrinch our educational programs for the community.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$25,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    It is mandatory in the State of Florida to teach about the Holocaust in public school in grades K - 12. To that end, we aim to:
    1. Provide teachers with current and engaging resources to share this important piece of history;
    2. Engage students in such a way that they are motived to be a force for good in their schools and communities.

    For the general public, we aim to introduce visitors to the full story of the Holocaust and help them to understand the conditions that allowed it to happen. Having the proper historical context enables visitors to see the parallels in our society today and take action to prevent such atrocities from happening in their sphere of influence.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    For Teachers: Provide several professional development opportunities throughout the school year to assist teachers in meeting the mandate.

    For Students: Provide age appropriate, engaging tours and activities to introduce the fundamental questions of human behavior during the Holocaust and WWII.

    For the Public: Provide varied exhibits, lectures and programs that explore the history of the Holocaust and WWII in such as way that allows us to examine our own behavior in civil society.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Museum has a well-educated staff and volunteers that are dedicated to providing top-notch programs to the community. As a certified trainor for the "Echoes and Reflections" resources, the Museum is able to provide internatinally benchmarked professional development to area teachers.

    With community partners that include the public library system, the sheriff's office, community museums, several local universities, and public and private schools in Southwest Florida, the Museum is well-placed to acheive its goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Sarasota Counties in Florida

Funding Needs

Oral/Visual History Project General Education Department Budget General Operations

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum Inc

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Principal Officer

Joshua Bialek

BIO

Joshua Bialek is the Board President. He has served on the board for almost 12 years and as president for 2. Josh is a lawyer with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Naples, FL.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joshua Bialek

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP

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