The National Liberty Museum celebrated its TD Bank 2019 Young Heroes Award on Thursday, August 15.

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. Vai Sikahema, Anchor NBC10 News Today, served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was KC Miller, a former Young Heroes Award recipient from 2017. 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 Manasi Soman from Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Manasi received a $2,000 award for her work to make STEM education both accessible and enticing to her peers. The winner of our Spark Award for Innovation, Creativity, Perseverance and Respect was Ranen Miao of Short Hills, New Jersey.

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Congratulations to the 2019 winners. Learn their stories by clicking on each name below.

Margaret Boyd
Ursuline Academy
Wilmington, Delaware

Katelyn Craft
Tower Hill School
Landenberg, Pennsylvania

Emma Chang
Pioneer Middle School
Yorba Linda, California

Meaghan Haughey and Mia Levitsky
Evanston Township High School
Evanston, Illinois

Izzy Jolinger
AIM Academy
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania

Mrs. Knight’s 4th Grade Class
Wallingford Elementary School
Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Riya Krishnan
Darien High School
Darien, Connecticut

Rachael McCullough
PA Leadership Charter School
Aston, Pennsylvania

Ranen MiaoSpark Award Recipient
Millburn High School
Short Hills, New Jersey

Dito Sakhokia
George Washington High School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kyle Snyder
Westfield High School
Westfield, New Jersey

Manasi Soman – President’s Honor Winner
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough, New Jersey

Angela Zhong
Cypress Woods High School
Cypress Woods, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.