A $10,000 match – double your gift today!

Hello friends,

I am so proud of my Czech heritage, which my parents taught me to honor and preserve. In their memory, my wife Cathy and I have pledged to always support the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, because I know the NCSML will perpetuate the important lessons my parents taught me.

If we don’t invest in teaching it to young people, how will history stay alive?

Last year, I told you about the NCSML’s educational partnership with two immersive, hands-on learning high school programs to create Guts & Glory: The War Train that Shaped a Nation. High school students helped build the exhibition’s replica train cars and produced a virtual reality experiences for visitors.

And they learned about World War I and the Czechoslovak Legionnaires. School projects like this get students excited about history! And because of the tremendous support from NCSML donors to The Korvas Family Challenge, we’ve been able to continue high school partnerships like this into 2019. This year, the NCSML will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution.

The focal point of our 2019 high school education programming will center on the construction of a replica of the Berlin Wall.

Students will design and construct a replica Berlin Wall that is sturdy and light-weight. This wall will stand on the museum campus from April through November, and will “fall” with a participatory public demolition on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, thus recreating events that took place on Nov. 9, 1989.

Students will learn the history of the fall of communism in 1989 and its global repercussions.One of the participating teachers said of this project’s impact:

Working on ‘Revolution Starts in the Street’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to connect with the global community through interdisciplinary, collaborative work. Students are excited to have an opportunity to immerse themselves in history and  explore how youth and art culture has played a part in social and political revolutions throughout the world. Throughout this experience students will earn school credit while getting mentored and collaborating with museum professionals.

I know you believe in the importance of history. I do, too. And if the NCSML doesn’t share these stories, and inspire future generations to connect with them, then who will?

So, how can you help? Please join me and make a gift today by giving online at NCSML.org/ support. I’m matching 100 percent of every donation to the NCSML in February and March, up to a total of $10,000.

Together, we can make a valuable and lasting difference in education.

Tony and Cathy Korvas
NCSML Members from Florida

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