Stephen & Sandy Sheller,
our 2017 “Heroes of Liberty.”
Long-time friends of the NLM, Sandy and Steve currently sponsor our Young Heroes Program at Tanner Duckrey Elementary School in N. Philadelphia and are personally involved in the 4th graders’ community projects, such as the students’ anti-gun violence campaign and petition for a new school playground. Both in their professional work and through the Sheller Family Foundation philanthropy, Sandy and Steve have devoted themselves to improving the lives and liberty of others in countless ways throughout our city and region. Important to them is addressing economic and social disparity so that all Philadelphia families can actualize the freedoms our great nation stands for.

Some of their most recent projects include establishing The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law, The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, and The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Commons of the South Philadelphia Free Library. In 2015, Steve was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Legal Intelligencer. In June of this year, Steve will be bestowed an honorary doctoral degree from Drexel University in recognition of his outstanding civic contributions. Among the many distinguished honors Sandy has received are The Women Against Abuse 2015 Woman of the Year Award, and in that same year, her induction into the Drexel 100 Alumni Hall of Fame. Sandy and Steve, you are our heroes!

Pearl Dick, our 2017 Artist as Hero
Over the years, Pearl has generously donated her art to support NLM’s programs for young people. In her hometown of Chicago, Pearl is actively involved with several organizations dedicated to improving the lives of teens. In addition to volunteering as a teaching artist with a local after-school program, she recently launched a glassblowing program for teens who have experienced violence-related trauma, in partnership with a non-profit providing arts education to underserved communities. Pearl, you use your art to heal and empower, and you are our hero.


For more information, contact Bridget Purcell at
215-925-2800 x136, or email bpurcell@libertymuseum.org

Visit NLM on Presidents' Day

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Now accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher as Hero Awards

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone today

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Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.