The National Liberty Museum celebrated its TD Bank 2016 Young Heroes Award on Thursday, August 11.

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 Alexa Grabelle, Founder of Bags of Books and the winner of a Young Heroes Award in 2013. 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, is 16 year old Anthony Rivera from The U School in Philadelphia, PA. Anthony received a $2,000 award for his work to help young people productively express themselves and promote cultural tolerance and understanding through art, film, and music.

Photography by Shira Yudkoff.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners! Learn their stories by clicking on each name below.

Helen Everbach, Age 17
Strath Haven High School
Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Jordan Grabelle, Age 12
Voorhees Middle School
Voorhees, New Jersey

Alexandra Jackman, Age 16
Westfield High School
Westfield, New Jersey

Naomi G. Jones, Age 10
Edgarton Christian Academy
Newfield, New Jersey

Bethany Kuster, Age 10
Wind Gap Middle School
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania

Kia Mahootian, Age 17
New Explorations Into Science, Technology
and Math School, New York, New York

Alexa Jo Palmer, Age 18
John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kevin Perry Jr, Age 11
Julia de Burgos Elementary School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anthony Rivera, Age 16
The U School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nikolas Toocheck, Age 13
Unionville – Chadds Ford School District
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Ella Wilson, Age 10
Evans Elementary Schoo
Marlton, New Jersey

Aniya Wolfe, Age 14
Connections Academy
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

A 2016 Young Hero appeared on the Steve Harvey Television Show.  Watch a clip here.

 

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own unique interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is May 17.
Click here for complete details.

Giveback Workshops

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-noon, the NLM partners with a selected mission-driven nonprofit to give parents and children the opportunity to work together to complete a “make-and-donate” activity for an important cause. This event is included with general admission, but registration is encouraged.

Learn more. Then, be sure to attend with YOUR family!

Read & 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.

Check our events calendar for Read & Romps scheduled for later this spring.

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