MARY PAT HIGGINS: THE GROUND HAS BEEN BROKEN
Dear Visitors and Friends of the Museum,
The Groundbreaking and Survivor Dedication Ceremony – the realization of a 40-year dream - was a celebratory and emotional event. In 1977, a small group of Holocaust Survivors came together with an extraordinary vision to teach the North Texas Community the lessons learned from the Holocaust and to memorialize the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.
These amazing individuals saw as their legacy the creation of a museum for future generations of students and adults. Their mission and ours, to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference, has never been more relevant.
These are difficult times. The rise of violence, hate groups, antisemitism, racism, religious intolerance, and close-mindedness seems overwhelming. Our work, to turn these trends around, is critical, and we will be able to host many more people in our new Museum.
Because of the courage, resilience, and vision of the Holocaust Survivors in the DFW area, and with the incredible support of generous donors, the community, and local leadership, we were able to break ground on the new, 51,000 sqft, state of the art Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum!
Dallas is a world class city, and the new Museum promises to be a world-class facility. When it opens its doors in the summer of 2019, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will be a leader among the 21 existing Holocaust Museums in the country, and for that matter, the world.
It is so exciting to be at the point of ensuring that this long-held dream becomes a reality. I am profoundly grateful to everyone who contributed to this Herculean effort. We can all be proud that we are part of building a new foundation of hope for our community for decades to come.
This pride and excitement will sustain us until we come together again to celebrate the grand opening in 2019. I can’t wait to see you all there!
Mary Pat Higgins