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Since 1988 the HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND STUDY CENTER has been dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and teaching the messages of tolerance and respect. With its mission to educate, examine and explore the history of the Holocaust with authenticity, dignity, and compassion, the museum is unique in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Since the Museum opened its doors to the public, it has become an important cultural and educational center for the broader community. Almost three million reside in Rockland County, NY, and adjacent counties within a 100 miles radius of the Museum. More than 10,000 students, adults and seniors from New York's Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey participate each year in the Museum's programs.
The mission of the Museum is accomplished through a variety of educational and outreach programs as well as its permanent exhibit on the Holocaust and a dramatized audio experience called "The Hiding" which uses bi-naural recording technology. Visiting exhibits rotate through the Museum year-round.
The Education Department also provides customized programs which are implemented inside as well as outside the Museum at schools and other institutions. In addition, the Museum provides a series of lectures, films and annual community-wide Yom Hashoah and "Kristallnacht" commemoration ceremonies.
The Museum also supports a Speakers Bureau which arranges presentations by survivors and liberators. The Museum also partners with other organizations in the community to offer programs for survivors, such as a monthly luncheon as well as informal gatherings that bring Holocaust survivors and young people together.
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