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1993

  • Incorporated in April; office established at Jewish Community Campus, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Jack Mandelbaum serves as first president; Isak Federman, chairman
  • Jean Zeldin hired as executive director
  • Warsaw Ghetto exhibit displayed at Jewish Community Campus & at UMKC Miller Nichols Library
  • Alison Owings, author of Frauen, speaks at Jewish Community Campus – cosponsored with Rainy Day Books

1994

  • Witness to the Holocaust project: videotaping of 48 witnesses, including camp survivors, those in hiding, refugees, liberators, German citizen, psychologist, resistance member; Production of “The Holocaust: Through Our Own Eyes” documentary
  • Schindler’s List screening for 600 guests
  • Yom HaShoah talk by Prof. Arnost Lustig; partnership with Kansas City Art Institute
  • Yaffa Eliach programs, cosponsored with Kehilath Israel Synagogue and RLDS World Church Headquarters
  • Warsaw Ghetto Exhibit at RLDS Headquarters
  • Partnership with Missouri Repertory Theatre on their production of “The Deputy”
  • Jean Zeldin appointed to Kansas Holocaust Commission
  • Endowment campaign kickoff event with Ernie Michel

1995

  • MCHE assumes responsibility for Holocaust speakers bureau from JCRB
  • Susan Zucotti, author of Italians and the Holocaust, cosponsored with Bisceglia Italian Cultural Center and Rockhurst College
  • MCHE partners with RLDS on Anne Frank exhibit at the church
  • Mark Weitzman, Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center Task Force Against Hate:  “Tolerance and Terrorism”
  • Teaching Cadre formed
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest launched

1996

  • First newsletter published
  • Nelly Toll exhibit at Bruce Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
  • MCHE works with The Coterie on production of “Anne Frank and Me”
  • “The Holocaust: Through Our Own Eyes” wins award for Best Informational Video from KC Chapter of the International Television Association
  • MCHE becomes an affiliate agency of the Jewish Federation
  • White Rose Membership Society established
  • Federman Conference for local teachers at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

1997

  • Art Federman elected MCHE president
  • KC Camerata, Holocaust musical program “The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945” at Unity Temple
  • MCHE hosts Morris Dees lecture at Rockhurst College
  • Teaching Tolerance workshop for teachers
  • Remembrance and Hope Resource Chests created and piloted
  • I Witness speakers bureau programs launched

1998

  • Lecture series in partnership with Jewish Federation and the Truman Library: Joe Persico, Michael Benson, and Greg Bradsher
  • MCHE cosponsors Gerda Weismann Klein lecture with Johnson County Community College
  • Program on rescuers, cosponsored with Museum Without Walls, Temple B’nai Jehudah, and Kansas City Art Institute
  • Jean Zeldin elected to Board of Directors, Association of Holocaust Organizations
  • Headquarters remodeling & dedication
  • Fran Sternberg hired as program assistant (now Director of University Programs and Adult Education)
  • Gay Ramsey hired as evening resource assistant – establishes evening  hours for resource center

1999

  • Karen Herman elected MCHE president
  • Web site launched (www.mchekc.org)
  • MCHE works with Lyric Opera on production of “Brundibar”
  • “The Last Days” – free high school screenings, courtesy of AMC Theatres; also worked with Fine Arts Theatre and KU Hillel on screenings
  • Kindertransport benefit at Quality Hill Playhouse
  • Program on stolen Holocaust art, cosponsored with B’nai Brith and Beth Torah
  • Cadre conference at US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Summer workshop: “TECHniques for Teaching the Holocaust”
  • Cadre conducts resource training for Truman Library and Eisenhower Library

2000

  • Women and the Holocaust series, cosponsored with UMKC
  • Portrait 2000 exhibit completed; displayed at Jewish Community Campus and at Science City at Union Station
  • MCHE hosts Association of Holocaust Organizations’ Conference
  • MCHE cosponsors Jackie Robinson exhibit at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Michael Marrus lecture, cosponsored with Department of German Studies at University of Kansas
  • Elie Wiesel lecture, MCHE a cosponsor with Truman Library & Jewish Federation
  • Remember the Children, Daniel’s Story, work in association with Science City and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Intergenerational programs, “What My Parents Told Me”

2001

  • Colleen Ligibel becomes MCHE president
  • “Beyond Tolerance” workshop, for Martin Luther King Day Celebration
  • Cadre members present at KAMLE Conference (Kansas Association for Middle Level Educators) and regional conference of Kansas Council for Social Studies.
  • Andrea Warren writes Surviving Hitler based on the life of Jack Mandelbaum.
  • Publication of From the Heart: Life Before and After the Holocaust —  A Mosaic of Memories by Kansas City Star Books
  • MCHE video “The Holocaust: Through Our Own Eyes” broadcast on KCPT for the first time
  • First Baptist Church of Raytown displays Portrait 2000;  invites survivors to Freedom Celebration
  • Cadre repeats “Core Concepts in Teaching the Holocaust,” offered through Baker University; MCHE chosen as one of ten sites to host European teachers under auspices of Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education
  • Teacher workshop offered with the Truman Library: “Implications of the Holocaust: US Response, KC Connections”
  • MCHE one of 16 centers designated by Jewish Foundation for the Righteous as a Center of Excellence.
  • Lecture by Deborah Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory” – co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom

2002

  • Partnership with Avila College on their production of Kindertransport
  • Partnership with the Coterie Theatre, “Playing for Time”
  • Mosaic of Memories slide program, based on Portrait 2000, developed for classroom and community groups
  • Partnership with Kansas City Symphony for Holocaust-themed concert
  • MCHE and Life in a Jar (Uniontown, Kansas) honored at Temple B’nai Jehudah’s Tikkun Olam dinner
  • Teacher open house featuring Uniontown High School’s “Life in a Jar,” the story of Irena Sendler
  • Masters and Mentors project expands teaching cadre
  • Partnership with Truman Library, “Aftermath of the Holocaust: Truman and the Postwar World” (graduate course for educators)
  • MCHE hosts international teachers from Croatia
  • Harry Reicher lecture, “Law and the Holocaust: The Ultimate Oxymoron;” partnership with UMKC School of Law
  • From the Heart School Patron Project launched to donate class sets to area middle and high schools
  • MCHE newsletter awarded North Star Award at the Beacon of Freedom Celebration Dinner
  • Kristallnacht Lecture: James Carroll, Constantine’s Sword, co-sponsored with UMKC and the JCC Book Fair
  • Jean Zeldin elected treasurer, Association of Holocaust Organizations
  • Film benefit: “Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers”
  • Essay contest expanded to include 8th and 9th grades

2003

  • Blanche Sosland elected MCHE president
  • The Kansas City Star publishes Star in Education Holocaust supplement for area classrooms
  • Nearly 900 attend MCHE’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Overland Park Convention Center
  • Jessica Rockhold hired as school outreach coordinator (now Director of School Programs and Teacher Education)
  • Masters and Mentors conference at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • MCHE hosts Romanian teachers for cadre class
  • MCHE 10th Anniversary Journal wins Greater KC Council on Philanthropy’s First Place Award, Special Event Category
  • Talk by Peter Gay, author of My German Question, co-sponsored with German Studies Department, University of Kansas
  • Kristallnacht panel featuring German survivors and refugees
  • Co-sponsorship of “Bonhoeffer” at Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival
  • Co-sponsored Jewish Book Fair talk by Alexandra Zapruder, editor of Salvaged Pages, Young Writers’ Diaries from the Holocaust

2004

  • Kansas City Together — training for Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Project Equality, and Guadalupe Center
  • Memory (writing) Project for survivors, in conjunction with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Panel: Holocaust in Hungary
  • Cooperative program with Practical Center for Bioethics: Eugenics and Racism
  • Film benefit with Simon Wiesenthal Center:  “Unlikely Heroes”
  • Exhibit: “State of Terror: Germany 1933-1939”
  • Outreach teacher education: Lincoln, Nebraska (ADL); Wichita (Wichita Jewish Federation), Missouri Council of the Social Studies
  • Kristallnacht program with JCC and St. Andrew Church of Olathe – Professor Hubert Locke

2005

  • Bill Kort elected MCHE president
  • KCPT Partnership: “Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State”/Portrait 2000 displayed at KCPT
  • “Persecution of Homosexuals during the Holocaust,” exhibit, co-sponsored with Kansas City Jewish Museum/Museum Without Walls
  • HEART – University Roundtable inaugurated (Holocaust Education Academic Roundtable)
  • “Teaching the Holocaust in Catholic Secondary Schools”
  • Talk by Michael Phayer on the Church and the Holocaust,  in partnership with Rockhurst University
  • Partnership with Truman Library: “War Crimes and International Law: The Legacy of Nuremberg”
  • Educational presentations: Missouri Council for the Social Studies, Kansas Association of Middle Level Educators, National Council for the Social Studies
  • Shipment of resource collections to Jewish communities of Romania, in partnership with the Jewish Federation
  • Coordinate KC interfaith contingent for International March of the Living
  • La Causa (story of Cesar Chavez) presented for schools and at Guadalupe Center
  • Kristallnacht program: Readers Theater of “No Way Out” (roles portrayed by MCHE board members and friends)

2006

  • Kansas City, KS social studies in-service
  • MCHE staff conducts “Winterim” session on the Holocaust for Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
  • Film Benefit: “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days”
  • “History of the Holocaust” semester-long course offered through Baker University
  • MCHE invited to participate in U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum regional conference in Denver
  • THE NAZI OLYMPICS Berlin 1936, Partnership with American Jazz Museum & Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Graduate level course for teachers: “Antisemitism, Racism and Propaganda: The 1936 Olympics”
  •  “I Witness” survivor presentations curtailed; 2nd Generation classroom presentations encouraged
  • MCHE’s “The Warsaw Ghetto — A Pictorial Remembrance” displayed at the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana
  • Community Memorial Programs at Rockhurst University, University of Kansas, Ft. Leavenworth Military Base
  • Exhibit: “Klaus Frank: Caricaturing Leadership — The 1940s”
  • Exhibit: “The Smallest Witnesses: The Conflict in Darfur Through Children’s Eyes”/Speaker: Georgette Gagnon, Deputy Director,  Human Rights Watch, Africa Division
  • Work begun to establish Witness Archive/testimonies converted to digital format
  • MCHE Newsletter receives  Council on Philanthropy’s First Place Philly Award for best non-profit communication

2007

  • Gayle Krigel elected MCHE president
  • MCHE chosen by the Jewish Community Foundation as one of ten organizations to participate in Bushman Community Endowment
  • “Warsaw Ghetto: A Pictorial Remembrance” loaned to William Jewell College
  • Partnership with Kansas City Public Library: Martin Gilbert, Essay Contest Reception, Portrait 2000, Liberation Panel
  • Cadre projects: Pre-service teachers, Holocaust Education through Film Clips, Adult Education, Literature Circles
  • Exhibit co-sponsor (with JCC and Czech Consulate): “Tragedy of the Slovakian Jews”
  • Graduate level course for teachers: History of the Holocaust, offered through Ottawa University
  • Workshops for Second Generation Speakers Bureau
  • Archive: Condensed versions of testimonies created with supporting curricula
  • Partnership with Alliance Francais: screening “Weapons of the Spirit” and talk by filmmaker Pierre Sauvage
  • Co-sponsor Jewish Book Fair: Martin Lemelman, Mendel’s Daughter
  • Partnership with CAJE: “Together We Remember” project:- Jewish students U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • MCHE Director Mamie Hughes appointed to Missouri Holocaust Commission
  • By-laws revision

2008

  • Development of new strategic plan
  • Bushman Community Endowment Year One
  • Dr. Michael Devine speaks at Annual Meeting: “Harry S. Truman and Cyrus the Great”
  • MCHE’s Portrait 2000 Exhibit at Truman Library and  at State Capitol in Topeka
  • Completion of Witness Archive, Phase Two – all witness tapes edited to classroom-appropriate length
  • Film Benefit: “The Rape of Europa”
  • Speaker Series Commemorating MCHE’s 15th Anniversary
    • “Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS,” presented by Rebecca Erbelding, Archivist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • Not Your Father’s Antisemitism – talk and book signing by Dr. Michael Berenbaum –   in partnership with Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee
    • Speaking of Darfur: talk and book signing by author and human rights activist John Prendergast – partnership with Rainy Day Books
  • Echoes and Reflections curriculum workshop presented by MCHE
  • “History and Memory” – graduate course for teachers
  • Partnership with the Coterie Theatre, “And Then They Came for Me”
  • Publication of survivor writings from The Memory Project
  • Kristallnacht Concert Commemorating 70th Anniversary (November 9, 7:30 pm)
  • Adult Education Series: Overview, book circles featuring All But My Life and Night
  • Film Screening: “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”
  • Expansion of Second Generation Speakers Bureau
  • Adoption of new mission statement and  3-year strategic plan
  • Inaugural trip for the Together We Remember Program – co-sponsored by CAJE/Jewish Federation
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest – 13th year — Life in the Ghettos

2009

  • Mark Adams elected MCHE President; Annual Meeting Speaker – Stanlee Stahl, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous: Rescue During the Holocaust
  • Partnership with Avila University: “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” – teacher workshop facilitated by Jessica Rockhold and community talk presented by Fran Sternberg
  • Jane Redman, Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, presents teacher and student workshops
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest expanded to 18 counties
  • Film Screening: “Defiance”
  • Day trip to Abilene, KS commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day
  • Launch of “Collective Voices,” a writing workshop for children and grandchildren of survivors
  • Courses for Educators: “History of the Holocaust” and “Teaching the Holocaust in an Age of Genocide”
  • Exhibition: Saving the Little Brown Monkey: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, in cooperation with the Jewish Community Center – programs featuring illustrator Allan Drummond, author Louise Borden, and a celebrity reading panel
  • Completion of thematic DVDs for Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive: In Hiding, Ghettos, Kristallnacht, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Liberation – Kristallnacht program featuring related film
  • MCHE’s first online course for educators: History of the Holocaust
  • Summer Course: Holocaust History and Resources for Educators
  • Summer Course: Teaching the Holocaust in an Age of Genocide- co-facilitated by Jessica Rockhold and Mary Johnson of Facing History and Ourselves
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest – 14th year — Children in Hiding: Dilemmas and Decisions

2010

  • Annual Meeting featuring premier of “Witnesses to the Holocaust: Auschwitz”
  • Yom HaShoah program featuring “Witnesses to the Holocaust: Liberation”
  • Kristallnacht program featuring “Different Trains” in partnership with UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Course for teachers at Eisenhower Library:
  • First online course: History of the Holocaust
  • Approval of amended by-laws
  • DEADLY MEDICINE: CREATING THE MASTER RACE – traveling exhibition from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City
  • Film screening:  A Film Unfinished
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest – 15th year — Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

2011

  • Steve Chick elected MCHE Board President – Annual Meeting combined with White Rose Essay Contest Reception
  • 18th Anniversary Film Series featuring Witnesses to the Holocaust DVD series
  • TO LIFE – 18th Anniversary celebration featuring Marvin Hamlisch at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • MCHE creates White Rose Chai Society for annual donors of $1,800 and up
  • HolocaustEDU: An Interdisciplinary Conference for College and University Faculty
  • MCHE designated by ADL, Shoah Foundation Institute and Yad Vashem as training hub for Echoes and Reflections
  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration featuring readings about East European shtetlekh
  • Provided docent training in support of Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings sponsored by the Wyandotte County Library
  • Relating the Holocaust to Other Genocides Seminar Series – taught by cadre
  • Summer Course Responses to the Holocaust: Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders taught by Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, Dr. Severin Hochberg and Mitch Braff
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest – 16th year — Kansas City Survivors: History and Lessons of the Holocaust
  • Launch of newly redesigned web site

2012

  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration featuring Collective Voices
  • Collective Voices recognized with “Unique Concept” award by Nonprofit Connect
  • Naomi Berenson and Leah Warshawski: A Conversation Between Novelist and Filmmaker (KC Library)
  • Kristallnacht Commemoration: “Witnesses to the Holocaust: Jewish Responses”
  • Sidonia’s Thread – author talk by Hanna Perlstein Marcus
  • Approval of new 3-year strategic plan
  • MCHE works with Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth as part of its “Genocide and the Military Role: Identification, Prevention, Intervention” course – Fran Sternberg lectures on the Holocaust, interwar Polish Jewry, and antisemitism
  • Course for Educators: “1942 and the Final Solution”
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest – 17th year — 1942: Destruction of the Ghettos in Poland
  • Echoes and Reflections training

2013

  • MCHE staff attend IWitness Conference at Shoah Foundation Institute (USC)
  • Needle in the Bone – author talk by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (KC Library)
  • Hollywood and the Holocaust film series
  • Carol Sader elected MCHE Board President
  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration pays tribute to New Americans by featuring local cantors singing songs of the period
  • Partnered with Coterie Theatre to provide educational support for Number the Stars
  • Together We Remember – congregational educators visit United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest moves to a document-based format to better align with Common Core standards – Theme – Flight from the Reich: The Search for Safe Havens
  • White Rose Student Essay Contest Educator workshop Exploring the Essay
  • Echoes and Reflections training – October 2013 offered in conjunction with KCPT and ADL
  • Echoes and Reflections training – November 2013 offered in conjunction with Yad Vashem
  • Kristallnacht Commemoration – 75 Years – Remembering the Synagogues
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