2016 Teacher as Hero Honorees

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 10th annual “Teacher as Hero” Award, sponsored by State Farm®, on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Monique Braxton of NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was Ava Willis Barksdale, Vice President of Philadelphia’s Girard College. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by State Farm Representatives in presenting the awards.
Below are some inspiring images from this event. Photography by D1LO

Meet the 2016 Winners!

The 2016 Honorees received much-deserved recognition! Their stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit and are posted here to share with you. Please click on their names below to read their stories.

Top Three Honorees:

Exceptional Teacher Grand Prize
Katherine Poerner

Pinelands Regional High School, Tuckerton, NJ

Caring Classroom Award
MSgt Chris Sidoli
Coatesville Area High School, Coatesville, PA

Good Neighbor Award
Raymond Bunsick
Swenson Arts and Technology High School, Philadelphia, PA

The 2016 Teacher as Hero honorees included:

Joseph Arscott, Bayard Rustin High School, West Chester, PA

Dan Collins, Paxon Hollow Middle School, Broomall, PA

Kip Poole, William Penn High School, New Castle, DE

Rachael Sheehan, Freire Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Travers, Neil Armstrong Middle School, Fairless Hills, PA

Mary Wang, Academy at Palumbo, Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Wescoe, Freedom High School, Bethlehem, PA

Additionally, Paul Eaton, Girard College Band and Choir Director, received a special Teacher as Superhero Award for all he has done for Girard’s music department and for being a longtime partner of the NLM.

Watch the news coverage of this event below.

Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Festival... RSVP today!

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 Treachery of Images,
an Exhibit of Glass Pipes

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.

Holocaust Remembrance Program

Provided by the Fegelson–Young–Feinberg Post #697 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States

This free program will be presented on Wednesday, April 19, from 2:00-4:00pm.
The two participating speakers are Daniel Goldsmith, who was a “hidden child” in Belgium during the Holocaust and survived through the aid of Catholic organizations; and
Pfc. Bernard Lens, who served in the U.S. Army under General George Patton and was among the troops who discovered and liberated the concentration “death” camps.
Click here to learn more.

Lectures on Important Foreign Policy Issues

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 28.

Transparency,
An LGBT+ Glass Art Exhibition

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.

TD Bank Young Heroes Awards... Nominate someone 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 2017 Glass Auction & Gala

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 will soon be available. The artist honoree is Pearl Dick from Chicago. Click here for more information.

NLM Travel is headed to Wisconsin

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.