Holocaust Museum Houston Wins Federal Grant to Preserve Testimonies of Holocaust Survivors
HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 17, 2013) – Holocaust Museum Houston has won a federal Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the amount of $149,325 to preserve, digitize, catalog and index the Museum’s 282 videotaped oral testimonies of Holocaust survivors who later made their homes in the Houston area.

“Preserving these testimonies is a high priority for our Museum. Many of these are now more than 15 years old and the tapes are beginning to decay,” said Museum Executive Director Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D., CFRE. “This funding will allow for the digitization and widespread access of our collection as part of our initial efforts to preserve these irreplaceable taped testimonies. The Museum will work in partnership with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation over three years to complete the work but still needs to obtain approximately $400,000 in matching funds to complete the entire project.”

Digitization of these testimonies, recorded over many years as survivors began to share their histories of life during and after World War II with the public, will allow them to be preserved through a perpetual copying system, to be cataloged and indexed for minute-by-minute searchability and to be made accessible through the Web for free to scholars, researchers, teachers, students and the general public.

This competitive federal award is given to fewer than 30 percent of applicants, and of the more than $67 million requested this year, just under $20 million was awarded to 170 projects.

Holocaust Museum Houston and other IMLS grantees for 2013 will be recognized in Washington, DC, before members of Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.
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