Stephen & Sandy Sheller,
our 2017 “Heroes of Liberty.”
Long-time friends of the NLM, Sandy and Steve currently sponsor our Young Heroes Program at Tanner Duckrey Elementary School in N. Philadelphia and are personally involved in the 4th graders’ community projects, such as the students’ anti-gun violence campaign and petition for a new school playground. Both in their professional work and through the Sheller Family Foundation philanthropy, Sandy and Steve have devoted themselves to improving the lives and liberty of others in countless ways throughout our city and region. Important to them is addressing economic and social disparity so that all Philadelphia families can actualize the freedoms our great nation stands for.

Some of their most recent projects include establishing The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law, The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, and The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Commons of the South Philadelphia Free Library. In 2015, Steve was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Legal Intelligencer. In June of this year, Steve will be bestowed an honorary doctoral degree from Drexel University in recognition of his outstanding civic contributions. Among the many distinguished honors Sandy has received are The Women Against Abuse 2015 Woman of the Year Award, and in that same year, her induction into the Drexel 100 Alumni Hall of Fame. Sandy and Steve, you are our heroes!

Pearl Dick, our 2017 Artist as Hero
Over the years, Pearl has generously donated her art to support NLM’s programs for young people. In her hometown of Chicago, Pearl is actively involved with several organizations dedicated to improving the lives of teens. In addition to volunteering as a teaching artist with a local after-school program, she recently launched a glassblowing program for teens who have experienced violence-related trauma, in partnership with a non-profit providing arts education to underserved communities. Pearl, you use your art to heal and empower, and you are our hero.


For more information, contact Bridget Purcell at
215-925-2800 x136, or email bpurcell@libertymuseum.org

Philadelphia Podcast Festival

The National Liberty Museum is excited to be a host for the 2019 Philly Podcast Festival! on SUNDAY JULY 21 from noon to 8pm. Come listen to live recordings of some incredible podcasts from Philadelphia and beyond. Museum admission will be Pay As You Wish throughout the day .

Check our events calendar for complete details.

NLM's 20th Anniversary
Glass Auction & Gala

The National Liberty Museum is pleased to announce that our 20th Anniversary Glass Auction & Gala will be held on September 14 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. An unforgettable evening of art, fun and inspiration is planned honoring the legacy of our founder Irvin J. Borowsky.

Learn more and purchase your tickets or sponsorship soon.

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 exhibit, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right.

Destined for the Stars will kick off with an Opening Reception on Friday, August 2 from 5:30-8:30pm. Attendees will get a first-look at the show, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments. Learn more and register for the Opening by clicking here.

Mindfulness Workshop

In association with the NLM’s GiveBack Workshops, Mindfulness Coach/Teacher Stacey Mandel will be bringing her calm and peace to the Liberty Museum to share with audiences of all ages. The session is titled Mindfulness, You, and the World. It will be held on Saturday, August 10.

Learn more and reserve your place today by clicking here.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Valor are NOW OPEN

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. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards. If you know a person deserving of this special recognition, please tell us about them. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 31,

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