“Anne Frank: A History for Today” exhibit at North Charleston High School

The Anne Frank Center at the University of South Carolina manages 15 traveling exhibits which go all around the country. They also provide special peer guide trainings that prepare students to be guides for the traveling exhibits in their schools and communities. “Anne Frank: A History For Today” will be at North Charleston High School in March – April 2024, with a “Be the Voice” community event on Sunday, April 14, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., and a grand school opening on Monday, March 25. SC Humanities helped support this project with a Major Grant.

“Anne Frank: A History for Today” is a portable 32-panel traveling exhibit that shares the story of Anne Frank, her family, the rise of the Nazi party in WWII, and the Holocaust. It occupies about 1,000 sq ft, about the size of a traditional classroom.

Students at North Charleston High School participated in the peer guide training opportunity offered by the Anne Frank Center on March 18-19, 2024. Rooted in peer education pedagogy, these two-day trainings focus on centering this subject around young people’s voices. Key learning outcomes include: 1) A deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the times in which she lived, 2) Enhanced student leadership and public speaking skills, and 3) Reflection on what the lessons of the Holocaust mean for us today. To date, the Anne Frank Center has trained over 1,400 young people between the ages of 13 and 22.

The North Charleston High School students will lead exhibit tours for both students at their school as well as for students from other schools in the area. Teachers from other schools can sign up to bring their class for a tour of the exhibit from March 21 – April 19. The time slots are: 8:50-9:50, 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45, and 2:10-3:10. Tours can be booked HERE. Please contact Ms. Krista Capobianco-Glade at krista_glade@charleston.k12.sc.us for more information and to schedule a tour.

North Charleston High School will also host the “Be the Voice Holocaust Remembrance Event” on Sunday, April 14 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration is strongly requested, but it is not required. REGISTER HERE. The program will start at 2:00pm, followed by hors d’oeuvres and exhibit tours from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. More information will also be available on North Charleston High School’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NorthCharlestonHS. The school is located at 1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405.

SC Humanities supported the Anne Frank Center with a Major Grant to bring “Anne Frank: A History for Today” to five schools around the state. Other participating schools include Gaffney Middle School, Sandhills Middle School, Blacksburg Middle School, and Battery Creek High School.

The Anne Frank Center on the USC campus brings to life the story of the young Jewish girl who – in the pages of her world-renowned diary – documented two years of hiding in German-occupied Amsterdam during World War II. By sharing Anne’s legacy with visitors, students and teachers, USC’s Anne Frank Center seeks to inspire our commitment to never be bystanders but instead to stand up together against antisemitism, bigotry and inequality wherever it may exist today. Tours are available for individuals, groups and families. Learn more.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.