The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg kicked off a yearlong series of events celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower that featured his grandson, David Eisenhower, as keynote speaker.
For 25 years, the Florida Holocaust Museum has made its mission to honor the memory of the millions who suffered and perished in the Holocaust and teach the value and dignity of human life as a means of preventing future genocide, a release on the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce said. The museum is one of three Holocaust museums endorsed by the American Alliance of Museums was named the No. 1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg-Clearwater by USA Today.
The Feb. 25 gala, which was a celebration of the museum’s history, legacy and vision, was highlighted by a keynote address by David Eisenhower, who also accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his grandfather, who was a World War II general before becoming president, the release said. President Eisenhower was recognized for his contributions to the liberation of Nazi concentration camps during World War II and his documentation of the horrors he witnessed. The former general insisted on preserving the history and memory of the Holocaust as incontrovertible evidence of its occurrence.
In addition to its permanent exhibits and educational programs, the museum has planned a number of special events and exhibitions throughout the year to celebrate its anniversary. A complete schedule and additional information can be found at www.TheFHM.org/25th.