In this workshop, Museum educators will teach students about prejudice and discrimination by reading aloud the beloved Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches. Students will then participate in a craft project that teaches them to be proud of what makes them unique and to respect and appreciate the unique qualities in others. (Appreciating Diversity)
Museum educators will provide an engaging reading of The Zax, a story by Dr. Seuss, in which a north-going Zax and a south-going Zax come face to face and need to figure out how to get around each other. After enjoying the reading, students will participate in a kinesthetic activity in which they find creative ways for the Zax to solve their conflict. They will process their learning using an age-appropriate graphic organizer to record their experiences. (Resolving Conflicts Respectfully)
Students learn the story of a little hummingbird who makes a big difference by taking action when others think the problem is too big. They will also learn the parallel story of Wangari Maathai, who helped solve a big problem by planting baby trees across Africa with the Green Belt Movement. Students will work together to create a community garden mural they can take back to the classroom with them, each “lending a hand” to build the finished product. (Heroes of Liberty)
What do American families look like? How varied are the interests, skills, and backgrounds of people in the United States? In this workshop, students will “unite the states” by piecing together a puzzle that shows just how diverse the United States is. Students will be asked to use their critical thinking skills to identify which pieces belong in the puzzle and which pieces are “red herrings.” (Appreciating Diversity)
After exploring the Museum’s exhibits about freedom of expression, rule of law, and rights and responsibilities, students will participate in a fast-paced game in which they develop a Bill of Rights for a fictional society. (Balancing Rights with Responsibilities)
After learning about inspirational heroes of liberty who stood up for the rights of others, students will learn ways that they, too, can become “upstanders” by transforming themselves from passive bystanders to active advocates for the people around them. Students will learn and practice a variety of “Upstander Strategies” that can be used in real life to help defuse bullying and social injustices of all kinds. (Heroes of Liberty)
Comic book superheroes have been idolized for decades. Their virtuous personalities make them great leaders. In this workshop, students will explore the character traits that make a great superhero and then learn about real life heroes whose own character traits match those of popular comic book heroes. (Heroes of Liberty)
In this workshop, students will use a primary source –an NBC news report from 1961– to investigate the Freedom Riders. They will also explore segregation in the South and the tenets of nonviolent protest. (Resolving Conflicts Respectfully)
In this workshop, students ask themselves how comfortable they are with approaching a conflict and why. They are introduced to a variety of conflict resolution strategies and vocabulary, and learn a game-based approach to looking at the big picture. Students will also brainstorm their own list of good things to do in a conflict and learn that no matter what their personal style is, conflict resolution starts with identifying and clarifying the issues. Students come away with the understanding that conflict is a normal part of life and that they have choices in how to resolve it. (Resolving Conflicts Respectfully)
Using footage from the United Farm Workers Movement led by Cesar Chavez, students will learn how the farm workers gained support for their cause by building alliances with other individuals and groups who shared their vision for justice. Students will then discuss the social changes they would like to see and create signs to help spread their message. (Heroes of Liberty)
Heroes of Liberty are sometimes described as people who march to the beat of their own drum. When they start trying to change an unfair practice, their actions are often out of step with cultural norms and can be unpopular. But this is how Heroes of Liberty change the culture. They have to start somewhere. In this fun and sometimes comical workshop, students think critically about the messages transmitted by culture, using a familiar form of message: Internet Memes. (What is a meme?) They will remix popular memes, mashing them up with inspiring quotes from Heroes of Liberty. The group will vote on one message they want to share at the end of the workshop, and under the direction of a Museum Educator, they will produce and share their “hero meme” on social media. (Heroes of Liberty)
The National Liberty Museum features many exhibits specifically relating to our nation’s leaders, including a collection of original White House China, a Medals of Honor Exhibit, and several beautiful oil paintings. We're offering discounted admission on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 & 19, and Pay-What-You-Wish on Presidents' Day Monday, February 20. Click here for more information.
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 March 14.
Nominations for our 2017 Teacher as Hero Awards sponsored by State Farm are now open. TEN awards will be presented in THREE categories of achievement. Learn more and submit your nomination today!
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!
NLM's Professional Development Workshops feature expert presenters who offer a fresh perspective on successful teaching practices. The upcoming workshop is “Understanding and Supporting Anxious Students.” It is a full-day, 15 Act 48 hour course to be held on Saturday, March 4, from 9am – 3:30pm at the Museum. Click here to learn more.
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.