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Stitching History News

Stitching History From the Holocaust, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s originally curated exhibition, about Hedy and Paul Strnad and the loss of their talent due to the Holocaust continues to make news and receive accolades. The Museum received the prestigious History in Progress (HIP) Award from the American Association of State and Local History, one of three projects recognized nationally. The HIP Award is given at the discretion of the awards committee to those applying for the Award of Merit. It is for a project that is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. We are thrilled that this exhibit met this high mark.

The Milwaukee Public Television-produced special about the making of Stitching History From the Holocaust has received some notable honors. You can see it here:

The video was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programming – Program/Special/Series. The award winner will be announced on November 7. In addition, the episode came in first place for “Best Specialty Programming” from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. MPTV also received a Bronze Telly Award for “Film/Video – TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Cultural”. The Telly Awards honors film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The 35th Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. We are so proud of this partnership and our colleagues at Milwaukee Public Television for expanding this story.

The exhibit itself will start traveling this spring. It will open at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York in April 2016. This museum will be an especially poignant site for the exhibit, as it overlooks Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty—two of the landmarks of American immigration, from which Paul and Hedy Strnad were denied entry. The exhibit will then move to the School of Human Ecology in at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in September of 2016 and then to the Jewish Museum of Florida at Florida International University in Miami Beach, Florida.