Anne Frank, A History for Today is an educational exhibition presented at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) that covers the story of Anne Frank and her family throughout their time in hiding during World War II.
Touring from the Anne Frank Center in New York, A History for Today was brought to Tallahassee by a coalition of sponsors: The Holocaust Education Resource Council, The Dorothy and Jonathan Rintels Charitable Foundation, the FSU Institute on WWII, and the Museum of Fine Arts funded through the Peace on Earth Gift.
On January 6 and 7, Hilary Stipleman of the Anne Frank Center USA held a K-12 teacher’s workshop on ways to teach the Holocaust and also instructed MoFA student volunteers and interns in conducting tours of the exhibition. Author Pieter Kohnstam also spoke to adult and K-12 audiences in the first week of the exhibition. Pieter and his family were neighbors of the Frank family in Amsterdam before the Franks went into hiding and before Pieter’s family fled the Netherlands.
The exhibition takes the viewer on a tour that chronicles the tragic history of the Frank family, ending with the publication of Anne’s diary and covering the catalysts for the war, Hitler’s rise to and fall from power, an overview of the concentration camps, the Frank family’s time in hiding through the eyes of Anne Frank, and Otto Frank’s discovery of Anne’s diary. The exhibition includes a video and panels of information that a viewer can read for a self-guided tour or can request a more in-depth tour by MoFA student docents.
A History for Today is open until February 7, 2016.