There are both advantages and disadvantages to being one of the oldest Holocaust Centers in the nation. We are proud of our role as innovators in this movement. We are deeply indebted to Tess Wise and a forward-thinking community of benefactors who made their dream a reality at a time when most people thought it was impossible. Our Holocaust Center has been successful beyond every expectation.
As we begin planning for our thirtieth anniversary, we continue to take stock of our strengths and our potential. We recognize that Holocaust scholarship has changed significantly since the day we welcomed our first visitors. And we have changed with it.
We have done well with our thirty-year-old space. We’ve added new displays to the permanent exhibit and greatly expanded our programming. Our resources for educators include new information and tools tailored to changing curriculum requirements. Bold initiatives keep the lessons of the Holocaust relevant to today’s students. Our museum is not the state-of-the-art experience it once was, so it is currently being updated with new technology.

But in spite of these efforts, our physical facilities are no longer large enough or flexible enough to meet our needs. This building, one that has welcomed thousands of visitors, stands as a powerful reminder of the lessons we must learn. But as we grow, this beloved building simply can’t grow with us.

Eight years ago the Board established a Future Vision committee to discuss the long-term strategies of the Center. This was followed in 2014 by the creation of a committee on the Center of the Future, tasked with evaluating potential plans for expansion. This committee, composed of dedicated board members and knowledgeable volunteers, is now visiting other Holocaust Centers around the country, carefully gathering notes on what will best serve our community.

As they diligently sort through all the professional proposals and the wish lists, they are coming close to recommending a master plan for a new Holocaust Center. The next step includes feasibility studies, consultation with architects, exhibit planning and more.

We will keep you informed of our progress, and encourage you to ask questions as we move forward. It is by no means an overnight project; a task this broad and this important demands careful attention to every detail.

Still, the long range vision is clear. The history and lessons of the Holocaust are still extraordinarily relevant. Our constant concern about ethnic wars, rising antisemitism, and brutal clashes here and abroad means that there is still work to be done. We must be proactive. We must ensure that our programs, our outreach, and our facilities are up to the challenges ahead.

Whatever tomorrow brings, we know, each and every day, that what we do here is meaningful. And we know that we have the support of a community of people like you who genuinely understand the importance of our mission.

Our goal of creating a more just community is fixed, no matter what other changes may come. We hope you will join us on this journey.

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