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 Raquel Ruiz, Former Member of the group Youth to Youth, which won the Young Heroes Award in 2010. 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, was Bradley Ferguson from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. Bradley received a $2,000 award for his ingenious way of honoring veterans and combating poverty at the same time by refurbishing a local American Legion Post, including creating a large, sustainable Victory Garden to help feed those in need in his community.
Congratulations to the 2017 Winners! Please check back in the coming weeks when their stories will be displayed both in a Museum exhibit and on this web page.
Wellspring Christian Academy
F.W. Buchholz High School
South Philadelphia High School
Staten Island Technical High School
Mainland Regional High School
Hats for Haiti Girls
Hailey Miller, Gavriella Adelman, Sage Bowmen,
Eva Grant, Jessie Liao, Ashley Meraz-Guevara,
Avery Sill, Julia Menschik, Sophia Fendo
Penn Wynne Elementary
Wilmington Friends School
Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Souderton Charter School Collaborative
Northampton Area High School
Delaware Military Academy
West Chester, PA
Julia Masterman High School
Peace Day Philly promotes personal, local and global peace in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21. The National Liberty Museum will be celebrating Peace Day for an entire week (Sunday, September 17 – Sunday, September 24) to give visitors the opportunity to participate in this important occasion. TEACHERS: We also have several resources for you to introduce Peace Day in your classroom! Click here to learn more.
Our cutting-edge Professional Development Workshops give educators the tools and educational resources they need to succeed. Registration is now open for two upcoming workships. The first, on Saturday, October 21 is Diversity and Communication: Strategies for Difficult Conversations in Schools. The facilitator is Mark Charles Good, M.Ed. The second, on Saturday, November 18, is Beyond ‘Mean Girls’: Understanding Girls’ Friendships, Conflicts, and Relational Aggression. The facilitator is Catherine Mallam, M.S. Learn more and register today.
The National Liberty Museum is proud to launch the inaugural Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community. The program will present an award to an outstanding honoree in four categories. The nomination deadline is November 3. Learn more.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is dedicated to providing the insights of scholarship on foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. The National Liberty Museum is hosting a series of FPRI lectures throughout the fall. For the next event on Tuesday, Oct. 10 , Heather Sharkey, an award-winning teacher at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses her new book which explores the history of day-to-day relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East. Learn more.
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.