Apply to bring ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ Traveling Exhibition to Your Library

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ALA’s Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), invites public and academic libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

The Americans and the Holocaust traveling exhibition toured libraries across the United States from October 2021 to January 2024, and it is extending its tour to another 50 libraries between June 2024 to July 2026. The 1,100-square-foot traveling exhibition is based on the exhibition that opened in April 2018 at the USHMM in Washington, DC.

Drawing on a remarkable collection of primary sources from the 1930s and ’40s, the exhibition examines how individuals and groups in American society — from the government, military, nonprofit organizations, media, and general public — responded to Nazism and genocide. It aims, like all of the USHMM’s exhibitions, to motivate audiences to think critically about the history as individual citizens, as a country, and as members of a global community. The Museum and ALA PPO hope to challenge people to not only ask “what would I have done?” but also, “what will I do?”

Selected libraries will receive:

  • The 1,100-square-foot exhibition on loan for five to six weeks;
  •  A $3,000 allowance to support public programs;
  • Expenses paid for a library staff member to attend an orientation workshop (May 15-16, 2024 ) at the Museum in Washington, D.C.; and
  • Publicity materials, programming resources, ongoing support from the Museum and the ALA, and more.

Grantees must meet minimum programming and reporting requirements. See the project guidelines for details.

Apply online at

Application deadline for the 2024-2026 Tour is October 14, 2023.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The Museum’s exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

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