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New Museum Dedicated to “Unsung Heroes” to Open in Kansas in May 2016

When you studied history in school, did you ever wonder if there were individuals who had taken extraordinary actions but didn’t make it into textbooks for whatever reason?

In May 2016, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC)  will open a brand-new exhibition hall in historic, downtown Fort Scott, Kansas featuring

Students show off their  Discovery Award earned at the LMC

Students show off their Discovery Award earned at the LMC

these very special individuals. The unique 6,000 square foot exhibit hall will replace a previous building across the street. In addition to brand-new exhibits, the new space will include a 48-seat theater with bench seating, a conference room, a life-sized apple tree, and student art projects. LMC’s Hall of Heroes features interactive exhibits highlighting individuals from history who took extraordinary actions to improve the lives of others, but were never recognized for their actions. These Unsung Heroes are often not found in history books. Rather, they have been discovered by students from around the world in collaboration with LMC staff and brought to light to inspire others. This interpretive museum is being marketed to anyone with a curious mind– students, educators, families, road trippers, and historians.

LMC’s mission is to introduce students to “unsung heroes” and teach that one person has the power to create positive change. Through a project-based learning approach, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) works with students and educators across diverse academic disciplines to develop history projects that take the form of student-driven plays, documentaries, exhibits and websites to highlight role models who demonstrate courage, compassion and respect. The international education nonprofit discovers, develops and communicates the stories of individuals in history who have made a profound and positive impact on the lives of others

Come learn about Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who saved over 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II or Little Rock Central High School senior Kendall Reinhardt who faced bullies and beatings for being kind to the nine African Americans who integrated his school at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Since its inception in 2007, LMC has reached over 1.2 million students and 9,000 schools in all 50 states, with growing global reach. In addition, LMC’s Fort Scott headquarters have hosted visitors from every state and 78 countries, demonstrating the truly universal relevance of its mission.

 

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