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.

The National Liberty Museum is proud to announce the 2016 Young Heroes Award winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!  You can view their stories by clicking on each Young Hero’s 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.

 

We Can Be Heroes Exhibition –
Call to Artists

Philly Loves Bowie Week (January 3-12) is an annual volunteer production created by a family of committed fans of the superstar David Bowie who felt it was important to gather together as a community to celebrate a truly one-of-a-kind performer. The National Liberty Museum will be participating in these Bowie-themed events with an exhibition in our GlassAccess Gallery called, We Can Be Heroes.

Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and other materials are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie. Learn more and apply to participate today.

Destined for the Stars
by Ricky Bernstein

Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs. will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from August 2 - December 2, 2019. In this limited-time show, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right. Don't miss the opportunity to see this colorful and imaginative display. Learn more.

Learn about the 2019 Awards of Valor Honorees

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. The 2019 Awards have been presented to this year's honorees, Please click here for the names of the winners.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

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.

The upcoming Read & Romps will be held on Monday morning October 21. Check our events calendar for complete details.