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Teacher Workshop features Holocaust Liberators

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

November 7, 2013

On Tuesday, November 19, the Springfield Museums will host a teacher workshop titled Bearing Witness: An Evening with Springfield’s Holocaust Liberators from 4-6 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The workshop is sponsored by United Bank, Hampden Bank, and the Adolph Katten Family Foundation.

The stories and experiences of local Holocaust liberators David Cohen, Sid Cooley, Irving Heymont, and Donald Gosselin will be featured at the event. The workshop will also include demonstrations from the Springfield Museums’ outreach program titled “Us & Them: Discrimination during the Holocaust and Today,” which examines Springfield’s connections to the Holocaust and how the Holocaust’s legacy continues to affect us all today, both inside and outside the classroom. There will also be a special tour of the Wood Museum’s new exhibit, One Hundred Years of Jewish Life in the Valley: From Shtetl to Suburb with Director Guy McLain.

All teachers who attend the workshop will be eligible to bring the “Us & Them” outreach program to their classroom free of charge, thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and St. Germain Investments. Participating teachers from Massachusetts may earn PDPs by attending the workshop.

The cost to attend is $5 per person, and includes refreshments. Advanced registration is required; to register or for more information, call 413.263.6800, ext. 322 or email to schooltour@springfieldmuseums.org.

The Springfield Museums are located at the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield. Free onsite parking is available.

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