I Witnessed History: Sam Mihara

This Saturday, December 13th the Virginia Holocaust Museum will be hosting guest speaker Sam Mihara.  Sam is a second generation Japanese American, who at nine years old was forced with his family to move into Heart Mountain, an internment camp in northern Wyoming, after the United States entered World War II.  Sam will be sharing his experience at Heart Mountain as well as the immediate and lasting impact that intolerance and discrimination had on his life.

Oral History Preservation

In 2007, the Virginia Holocaust Museum began the long process of digitizing our oral history collection. This group of personal life stories is part of the foundation of doing research at the VHM and provides invaluable first person accounts of the horrific impact of the Holocaust.

Hands on Day 2014

On Saturday, October 18th the VHM participated in the 7th annual HandsOn Day hosted by HandsOn Greater Richmond. This year saw the largest turnout to date for HandsOn Day: over 1,200 volunteers and 60 different projects to volunteer for. For our service project, we collaborated with The Daffodil Project to create a new garden area on the left side of the floodwall facing Dock Street.

Educator Open House 2014

On October 9, the Museum held its 2nd annual Educator Open House.  There were thirty-five teachers in attendance coming from all over the state of Virginia. Richmond, Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield schools were represented. Other districts in attendance included, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Essex, Middlesex, Nottoway, Virginia Beach and Augusta County Public Schools.  For some teachers in attendance it was there very first visit to the Museum. The purpose of the open house is to bring teachers to the Museum to learn about the educational programming and resources that are offered.

Fostering Community Support

When you plan a visit to a museum, historical site, or park, often it is to see a collection of art or sculpture, to look at surviving artifacts, and generally to learn more. One of the often overlooked pillars of any nonprofit are the people who support and share the organization’s mission and goals; whether it is through volunteering, financial giving, or a combination of both. While the employees share a passion for the organization, the simple answer is that without community involvement, the nonprofit would not exist.

Benefits of Professional Conferences

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) held its annual conference in Washington, DC this year. These conferences offer a chance to hear about new technology and techniques in the field and interact with others who might be dealing with the same problems.    


Founded in 1997, the Virginia Holocaust Museum views its primary mission as educating the world-wide community about the historical and personal realities of the Holocaust. Through its permanent exhibitions, the Museum remembers the atrocities of the Shoah, the sacrifices of its victims, the bravery of its heroes and the courage of the survivors. The Museum’s commitment to Tolerance Through Education, encapsulates its goal to combat intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, fear and hatred with knowledge, understanding, compassion and acceptance. Having worked with the Virginia General Assembly to mandate Holocaust education in Virginia’s public schools, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to train Virginia’s teachers how to approach the Holocaust and modern genocides through Teacher Education Institutes and other workshops. We likewise provide the community with a rich variety of materials housed in the Carole Weinstein Holocaust Research Library. The Museum equally believes its goal to educate obligates it to mount an array of cultural programs open to the public.

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