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AUG 9, 2007

LAMH Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thanks to a Museum for America grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) will be able to organize and restructure its vast Archive for the benefit of the community, students, and scholars.

The Archive Project will permit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust to thoroughly assess its Archive and complete the first inventory of thousands of World War II era artifacts, documents, and precious records of historical, sociological, educational, and biographical value.

“A varied and accessible Archive is the life blood for a museum that prides itself on its free education programming.  We are committed to creating a state of the art collection that is easily accessed by all and enriches the cultural and educational life of the Museum. Ultimately, the Archive will be digitized and attached to our website,” said Mark Rothman, Executive Director of LAMOTH.

“Museums for America grants invest in our nation’s communities by supporting museums as active resources for lifelong learning, cultural heritage, and community engagement.  The programs and activities these grants support include hands-on educational programs, innovative uses of technology, and ground-breaking partnerships.  All help to strengthen museum services and improve communities,” said Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the IMLS.

Museums for America is the Institute’s largest grant program for museums, providing more than $17 million in grants to support the role of museums in American society.  Grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is in an exciting period of growth right now.  In addition to building its Archive, they are embarking on a capital campaign for their new home in Pan Pacific Park adjacent to the Holocaust Monument. World renowned architect Hagy Belzberg (designer of the interior of the new Disney Hall) has designed a signature building which actually adds green space to the park.

The fastest growing city in the United States demands a fitting and permanent home for the myriad voices of the Holocaust.  LAMOTH is the oldest Holocaust museum in the country.  The Archive of its survivor community deserves a sacred space that’s worthy of its collective stories of loss, struggle, and healing.


The Museum is always open and free to the public.  As a result, it hosts many school tours from under-served communities reaching across the state and as far away as Arizona, Texas, Canada, Montana, and Nevada.  The Museum provides groundbreaking educational projects and programs for elementary and high school students, while serving as a valuable repository for research.  LAMOTH presents students with the experience of true interactive learning in an intimate environment.  Perhaps most importantly, they are the only Jewish/Holocaust organization in Los Angeles which guarantees dialogue with an actual Survivor, a living embodiment of history.  Some of its current partners include the ADL, Facing History and Ourselves, the Freedom Writers, and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support to the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.  To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.