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.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2019 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here. The nomination deadline is July 14.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Valor are NOW OPEN

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards. If you know a person deserving of this special recognition, please tell us about them. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 31,

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Welcome the Stranger Exhibit

Welcome the Stranger, a one-woman exhibit of cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media by artist Micaela Amateau Amato, will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from March 9 - June 9, 2019. This collection of works is Amato's interpretation of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty. Shown here are cast glass sculptures of Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Learn more about this exhibit by clicking here.

Liberty Forum: Firearms

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm for the first in this new series that brings attendees from all points of view together. We will discuss the issue of firearms with our Moderator Intersect Alliance, along with invited experts and other participants. Our goal is to provide attendees with the tools needed for moving our conversations on hot button issues, like this, offline and back into human discussions.

Learn more and reserve your place today by clicking here.

Read and Romp

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read & Romps are held twice a week, on Monday and Saturday mornings. Learn about the “story of the week” and choose the day that works best for you! Snacks and Museum admission are included.

Check our events calendar for upcoming Read & Romps.

Lila Liberty's Hero Quest

Join Lila Liberty on her quest to spread acceptance and kindness by helping her collect her "Super Hero Gadgets" throughout the Museum. This self-guided experience will encourage your child to understand how qualities like empathy, integrity, responsibility, and courage define what it means to be a Hero.

Lila Liberty’s Hero Quest is available between 12-5:00pm every Saturday and Sunday. It is included in the cost of admission. Learn more.