A Message from the Executive Director
We will not be silenced!
By now I am sure many of you are aware of the recent vandalism at the museum. On July 30th, just as civil rights leader and US Representative John Lewis was being buried, a person ran by and smashed our front window directly over a picture of a Black minister at a 1960s civil rights march. This can only be seen as a hate crime. The purpose of such actions is always to intimidate and bully. It will not work. This museum has been and will continue to be a place of safety for all those who are the victims of hate and intolerance. We are dedicated to building a community of upstanders. Therefore, we will go on and be stronger than before in our resolve. The outpouring of support and financial help in the wake of this cowardly attack has been inspiring. If you are one of the people who has sent a message or a check I want to thank you on behalf of the museum’s staff, board, and volunteers.
In spite of the attack we will re-open to the general public on September 1. There will be a member’s only preview day on August 30th. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we have implemented special protocols to insure everyone’s safety. Instructions for making reservations for August 30th for our members will be sent in an e-mail. If you are not a member and would like to be please click here or on the Donate/Volunteer button and join our family. If you would like to be a volunteer follow that same link.
On September 1st we will open to the general public at 11:00 AM. There are new exhibits to be seen, with new artifacts and a completely renovated look. Masks must be worn and a limited number of people will be allowed on the museum floor at any time in order to maintain social distancing. We look forward to greeting you and hope you will take the time to visit us and share in our commitment to fight hate and intolerance one mind at a time.
Leon Natker MA, RPA Executive Director,
Chinese Exclusion Act Virtual Exhibit
In 1882 the American government signed into law the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first immigration law to exclude an entire ethnic group. Our new virtual exhibit shows how these discriminatory policies developed, were resisted and have continued to be part of the American cultural and political landscape.
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At the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, our mission is to shine a light on historic and current acts of hate and intolerance through education, exhibits, and collaborative outreach in order to build communities of upstanders dedicated to social justice and human dignity.
We are unique. Our purpose is to educate visitors as well as teach about other genocides and forms of bullying that have affected people around the world. We are not limited to one religion, culture, geographic area, or time.
Education is our focus. A critical component of our mission is educating children about bullying, prejudice, and hate. Our outreach programs encourage empathy for others —to become “upstanders,” rather than bystanders–and befriend those in their communities who need their support.
Our exhibits educate. The museum welcomes thousands of visitors annually. We include exhibits on the Holocaust, the African American Experience, and others through ongoing development of new and pertinent exhibits.