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Located in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, the New Mexico Holocaust Museum provides a unique educational experience for visitors from around the world. The only museum of its type in the state, it opened in January of 2001. The institution was founded by Werner Gellert, a Holocaust survivor, his wife, Frankie, and Juliana K. Lerner, also a Holocaust survivor. Their intent was to show--along with the Holocaust--genocides and other instances of organized hate in the hopes that such atrocities might never happen again. We embody that mission through our exhibits which describe hate groups in America, propaganda, the Armenian genocide, the Chinese exclusion Act, colonization as it affected Native Americans, and the African-American experience. Our collections include a diverse array of unique artifacts, including the Flossenbürg Flag, a replica of the United States flag made by prisoners of the Flossenbürg concentration camp to welcome their liberators. In keeping with our focus on education and outreach, we revived school visits which had been suspended due to COVID. This past March, nearly 200 middle and high school students were welcomed to the museum. After a guided tour of the exhibits, they had the incredible opportunity to hear the story of a local Holocaust survivor who was a hidden child. By studying the Holocaust, these youngsters learned about historical consequences of prejudice, hate, and intolerance, and how to combat these forces in their own lives. They learned what it means to be an upstander rather than a bystander.                 The New Mexico Holocaust Museum is a one-of-a-kind highlight to any Albuquerque vacation. Visit us to learn what you can do to prevent hate and intolerance and make our world a better, more equal place for all.
Historic Lecompton was the Territorial Capital of Kansas from 1854 to 1861.  This period was also known as Bleeding Kansas which was characterized by violent guerilla warfare between those who favored slavery in the future state of Kansas and those who wanted Kansas to be a free state.  The wide spread controversy over the famous Lecompton Constitution, written at Lecompton’s Constitution Hall, resulted in Lincoln’s election as President and spurred the events that led to the Civil War. The Constitution Hall is now a National Historic Site.  Lane University, 1868 – 1902, now the Territorial Capital Museum, was the college attended by Ida Stover and David Eisenhower, the parents of Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Their marriage was held in the chapel of Lane University. During the Christmas season, the Lecompton Historical Society hosts a fabulous display of over 200 Christmas trees bedazzled in Victorian, antique, vintage and themed ornaments and related décor. It is one of the largest in the Midwest. Lecompton’s quaint downtown includes a restaurant, winery and old fashioned mercantile that also attracts the museum goers. The Democratic Headquarters for the Kansas Territory, built in 1854, is near the Territorial Capital Museum and the original 1892 original jail next to Constitution Hall are open to visitors.  
To honor our veterans, Gettysburg Foundation invites veterans to enjoy a special discount and programming at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. U.S. military veterans will receive free admission to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience. Ticket holders also have the unique opportunity to see the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama painting in a different light. Unlike the traditional experience with a light and sound show in which visitors ‘experience’ Pickett’s Charge depicted in the Cyclorama painting, a special 'lights up' program will feature an introductory talk while in full light of the painting. Guests see a very different view of the artwork with the lights up and gain an understanding of the history and scenes in the painting. Start with the film A New Birth of Freedom, followed by the ‘lights up’ program on the Cyclorama painting. Explore the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at leisure throughout the day. Located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pa., the Museum & Visitor Center offers Veterans Day hours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The last film and cyclorama show begins at 4 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to arrive early and need to show proof of veteran status for free tickets. U.S. military active-duty personnel receive free admission to the experience daily. Gettysburg Foundation thanks our military service members for their service and sacrifice to our country. GivingTuesday is Nov. 30, 2021. Gettysburg Foundation’s annual GivingTuesday fundraising campaign will help maintain Gettysburg’s symbol of peace and unity, focusing on the Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial July 3, 1938, during the Battle of Gettysburg’s 75th anniversary. A symbol of “peace eternal in a nation reunited,” the memorial’s 1938 dedication was a tribute to peace, honoring soldiers and veterans who served and continue to serve our country to promote peace in the world. Since then, the memorial has been a focal point for visitors and our service men and women to gather and reflect, holding a special significance for U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel. Gettysburg Foundation is on a mission to raise $50,000 to continue the ‘eternal’ flame. Join our efforts and unite with us to keep the flame of this significant memorial shining. While this symbolic light is enduring, so is the responsibility of keeping the flame bright. Your generosity will keep this symbolic flame for peace bright for years to come. To support our history’s preservation, visit GettysburgFoundation.org to make your GivingTuesday donation. Click here to Visit & Donate: