Rowen Elementary School

Grade: 4, Social Issue:
School Culture/Recess

Faculty Advisors:
Tracey Johnson, Ellen Foster, Karen Williams
School Principal:
Dr. James Murray
Sponsored by:
PECO and Caroline Sanders Charitable Fund

The 4th graders at Rowen Elementary noticed something about their recess; it’s where most of the fights at their school start and how kids end up getting into trouble. The Young Heroes at Rowen believe that recess should be a safe, fun experience for all students, so that is the project they chose. The students took a recess self-assessment from Playworks, and realized they could make their recess a place where people didn’t fight and could play safe games. For their Action Project, the students brainstormed in a writing prompt, map, or picture, what they think a fun, safe recess should look like. They plan to use all of these ideas next year to help inspire the next group of Young Heroes.

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Duckrey Elementary School

Grade: 5, Social Issue: School Funding

Faculty Advisors:
Meridith Fitzwater and Brooke Coletta
School Principal:
Mr. Cohen
Sponsored by:
The Sheller Family Foundation

Does your school have a library? What about a school nurse? Are there enough computers at your school for the students? For their Social Action Project, the 5th grade Young Heroes at Duckrey Elementary took a look at school funding. They learned that there is a significant funding difference between the various counties in Pennsylvania and that many districts receive more funding than Philadelphia schools. Unfortunately, this truth became even more evident to them when COVID 19 interrupted their learning. They saw that suburban counties could begin their remote learning almost immediately, while city schools had to wait several weeks before receiving Chromebooks to facilitate their remote learning. For their Action Project, these 5th graders either drew a picture or wrote an essay on how Duckrey would benefit from fair funding.

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Lamberton Elementary School School

Grade: 6, Social Issue: Bullying

Faculty Advisors:
Kimberly Sweeney and Yvette Burns
School Principal:
Pamela Redmond
Sponsored by:
Berger Montague

Nobody likes to be bullied, so the 6th graders and Lamberton Elementary School set out to tackle bullying at their school. The Young Heroes researched root causes of bullying and types of bullying, and realized they would need to address bullying in different ways to help improve the culture at Lamberton. First, using donated funds, the students purchased a “buddy bench” for recess.  They then planned to put together an informative assembly, teaching the rest of the school what a buddy bench was and how to use in. Additionally, the 6th grade classes had already begun making posters about bullying prevention. Lastly, older students signed up to read anti-bullying books to the younger grades so those students would learn early on not to bully others.

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Fall is for kids and Families
at the NLM.

The NLM offers a full calendar of virtual and on-site programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Check out our exciting list of upcoming events for the fall.

Strength & Fragility Exhibition

*Final weeks to see the Peace Portal!

Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, immersive soundscapes and –*through September 12 only!– a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled the "Peace Portal.” Be sure to see this exhibition before the Peace Portal is taken down.

You'll find complete information here.

Art that acts as Social Commentary

The Graphic Content exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that take inspiration from counterculture tradition and give voice to those outside the mainstream. It features works that embody the artists' personal reflections on the current social and political climate.

The exhibition is on view through November 7, 2021
Learn more and purchase your Museum tickets now.

The artform of cartooning celebrates diversity, liberty, and inclusion

As a companion piece to the Graphic Content Exhibition, the NLM has brought back select pieces from Caretoons, a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. Through drawings submitted by children, as well as amateur and professional artists from around the world, the images in Caretoons grapple with contemporary issues through the approachable lens of cartoons and graphic art.

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An exhibition celebrating NLM Award Winners

Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

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Events at NLM

The NLM hosts a robust calendar of programs and events for adults, from thought-provoking panel discussions to fun and engaging tours and workshops.

To see what's happening this summer, click here.

For special evening adult programs, visit NLM@Night.

Virtual Guided Group Tours now available

Here's a great way to enjoy the NLM. Our staff will lead you on a virtual tour of the Museum, as they explain our history, our mission, and our special exhibitions. We offer a range of virtual guided tour themes or we can customize a tour specifically for your group.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.