The annual TD Bank Young Heroes Award recognizes young people who have championed liberty through their actions to enact positive change in their schools and communities. Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs for Clear Channel Media, served as the emcee, as she has for several years. The keynote speaker was Alexa Grabelle, Founder of Bags of Books and the winner of a Young Heroes Award in 2013. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by TD Bank Representatives in presenting the awards. Tom Shoemaker, Commercial Market President, TD Bank, provided the sponsor remarks. The student selected for the top prize, the President’s Honor Award, is 16 year old Anthony Rivera from The U School in Philadelphia, PA. Anthony received a $2,000 award for his work to help young people productively express themselves and promote cultural tolerance and understanding through art, film, and music.
Congratulations to the 2016 Winners! Their stories are now displayed in a Museum exhibit. You can also view their exhibit plaques by clicking on each Young Hero’s name below.
Helen Everbach, Age 17
Strath Haven High School
Jordan Grabelle, Age 12
Voorhees Middle School
Voorhees, New Jersey
Alexandra Jackman, Age 16
Westfield High School
Westfield, New Jersey
Naomi G. Jones, Age 10
Edgarton Christian Academy
Newfield, New Jersey
Bethany Kuster, Age 10
Wind Gap Middle School
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
Kia Mahootian, Age 17
New Explorations Into Science, Technology
and Math School, New York, New York
Alexa Jo Palmer, Age 18
John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
Kevin Perry Jr, Age 11
Julia de Burgos Elementary School
Anthony Rivera, Age 16
The U School
Nikolas Toocheck, Age 13
Unionville – Chadds Ford School District
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Ella Wilson, Age 10
Evans Elementary Schoo
Marlton, New Jersey
Aniya Wolfe, Age 14
Opening on Friday, April 7, this new temporary exhibit will showcase works that traditionally have been marginalized as “functional” glass art due to their association with an illicit activity. The “Treachery of Images” Exhibit embraces both the technical and social challenges of this art form by celebrating the unconventional designs and amazing craftsmanship of glass pipemakers. The work shown here, Freija by Banjo and Snic Barnes, is one of dozens of works that will be on display. Click here to learn more.
Opening on Friday, June 2 to coincide with “LGBT Pride Month,” this will be the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBT+ community. It will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these artists. The work shown here by Pearl Dick will be among dozens of works on display. Click here to learn more.
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for FREE film screenings and community-driven conversations. Four films are scheduled for the coming months. After each FREE screening, we will host a thought-provoking panel discussion. Learn more and RSVP Today!
The National Liberty Museum co-sponsors and hosts a series of lectures on important foreign policy issues. Click here to learn about the upcoming event on May 2.
Nominations for our 2017 TD Bank Young Heroes Award are now open. Each year, we look for young people who have championed liberty through civic engagement, resolving conflicts respectfully, promoting diversity, and demonstrating leadership in their school or community. Learn more and submit your nomination today!
This year’s GLASS AUCTION & GALA will be held Saturday evening, October 7 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA. An outstanding collection of art is being assembled. Sponsorships are available. Our 2017 "Heroes of Liberty" are Stephen & Sandy Sheller. The artist honoree is Pearl Dick from Chicago. Click here for more information.
Join the NLM on an arts-filled tour of parts of Wisconsin, Sept. 6-11, 2017. From Milwaukee’s art museums, to private collections, to a stop in beautiful Door County, which juts directly into Lake Michigan, you’ll follow host Arlene Silvers for a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here for more information.