The National Liberty Museum celebrated its TD Bank 2017 Young Heroes Award on Thursday, August 10.

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 Raquel Ruiz, Former Member of the group Youth to Youth, which won the Young Heroes Award in 2010. 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, was Bradley Ferguson from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. Bradley received a $2,000 award for his ingenious way of honoring veterans and combating poverty at the same time by refurbishing a local American Legion Post, including creating a large, sustainable Victory Garden to help feed those in need in his community.

Photography by Shira Yudkoff.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners! Learn their stories by clicking on each name below.

Sophia Andrews
Wellspring Christian Academy
Bear, Delaware

Briana Berger
F.W. Buchholz High School
Gainesville, Florida

Alayshia Bridges
South Philadelphia High School
Philadelphia, PA

Sheryl Chen
Staten Island Technical High School
Brooklyn, NY

Bradley Ferguson
Mainland Regional High School
Linwood, NJ

Hats for Haiti Girls
Hailey Miller, Gavriella  Adelman, Sage Bowmen,
Eva Grant, Jessie Liao, Ashley Meraz-Guevara,
Avery Sill, Julia Menschik, Sophia Fendo

Penn Wynne Elementary
Wynnewood, PA

Hareena Houston
Wilmington Friends School
Wilmington, DE

Cailey Karshmer
Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, Colorado

Arnav Kaushik
Souderton Charter School Collaborative
Souderton, PA

Lena Kugelman
Northampton Area High School
Northampton, PA

Johnny Means
Delaware Military Academy
Wilmington, DE

KC Miller
Westtown School
West Chester, PA

Olivia Sandom
Julia Masterman High School
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrating Pride Month with a Retrospective Exhibition

For Pride Month 2017, the National Liberty Museum presented Transparency, the nation’s first museum exhibition of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists in the LGBTQ+ community. While the physical exhibition is currently being housed at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the NLM is partnering with this Museum from June 15-19 to host a week of virtual activities and social media posts to again draw attention to this thought-provoking exhibition.

We invite you to participate in these very interesting events. Learn more here.

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

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 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 July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 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.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.