“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”
― Pearl Buck
Museum Without Walls is committed to telling remarkable stories. We offer eyewitness programs for several extraordinary movements and moments in history. Being part of a MWW program is more than learning about these trying times in our history, it’s about living the history through personal stories. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said that when an eyewitness to history dies it is like an entire library burning down. We couldn’t have said it any better.
We believe lessons in history can be told in many different ways. We also believe personal testimony is one of the most powerful ways to share these stories.
Night, Despair, Resistance and Hope
July 20th – 27th, 2019
As a teenager, Ellie Wiesel, along with his father, spent the tail end of World War II trying to survive horrifying internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir of this period in his life, written in 1960, became the Nobel Prize-winning novel, ‘Night’. For almost 60 years, ‘Night’ has been one of the primary resources of Holocaust history. In July of 2019, Museum Without Walls will take students and teachers on a journey to follow in the steps of Mr. Wiesel’s gripping story. The 9-day program is geared towards educators and students. Participants will travel to Krakow, Berlin and Wiemar to study Holocaust history from Mr. Wiesel’s perspective. Travelers can expect to receive a study notebook with copies of primary sources such as maps, timelines, documents and a copy of newest edition of ‘Night”. Teachers will receive multiple lessons plans from our education director.
“Convinced that this period in history would be judged one day, I knew that I must bear witness. I also knew that, while I had many things to say, I did not have the words to say them. “
― From the introduction to Night
July 20th – Arrival to Krakow, evening dinner with your fellow participants, program introduction (dinner)
July 21st – Tour of Krakow Jewish Quarter, Galicia Jewish Museum, survivor talk, evening study session (breakfast, lunch)
July 22nd – Auschwitz I , evening study session (breakfast, lunch)
July 23rd – Birkenau and Buna (Auschwitz III) (breakfast, lunch)
July 24th – Travel to Warsaw and Berlin
July 25th – Train to Wiemar, Buchenwald, evening study session
July 26th – Back to Berlin, balance of day free, evening study session and group dinner
July 27th – Departure for home
Cost – Land price $2495
Includes accommodations, train transfers, guides and tours, all breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners
Does not include – airfare, trip insurance (we can suggest a company) or tips for guides and drivers.
*We strongly suggest teachers that need financial assistance to apply through Fund for Teachers. Their application deadline is January 31st.
In partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
Other Upcoming Trips
Ireland/Northern Ireland 2019
This trip will be for high school students in grades 9 – 12.
Please check back for information and registration.
Civil Rights Trip – History, Justice and Freedom
July 28 – August 4, 2018
Explore powerful stories of the past and the present with a transformative trip through Georgia and Alabama. Worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church against the backdrop of Martin Luther King Jr.’s early days. Follow in the footsteps of Rosa Parks as she put her non-violent training in action at the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Hear from the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Anniston and Selma. In Montgomery, the past informs our present as we look into the issues highlighted in Bryan Stevenson’s ‘Just Mercy’. Stevenson’s book lays out his work on the behalf of the wrongly incarcerated, inmates on death row without fair trial, children tried as adults and others caught in the cruel world of our judicial system . We’ll visit with those working towards social justice, at his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative and contemplate how our history has grown into a world still fractured by racism.
Depart from Seattle for Atlanta. Arrive early afternoon. Check-in to the hotel (Embassy Suites Centennial Park). Dinner (included).
Atlanta, GA -Worship at Ebeneezer Baptist Church then visit King Center (Dr. King’s birthplace, historic Ebeneezer church, King Center with memorial and burial spot) Brunch (included), Atlanta Civil Rights Museum. Dinner on own.
Birmingham/Montgomery, AL.- Visit Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram park. Sack lunch (included). Head to Montgomery. Rosa Parks Museum (Hampton Inn Downtown). Dinner on own, evening discussion.
Selma/Montgomery, AL – Voting Rights Museum and the Edmund Pettus bridge. Bloody Sunday Speaker. Sack lunch (included), Southern Poverty Law Center. Dinner on own, evening discussion.
Montgomery, AL – Dexter Ave church (Dr. King’s church during the Montgomery Bus Boycott) and parsonage tour, Lunch on own, Freedom Riders museum with speaker Dinner on own.
Montgomery, AL- Meet with EJI (Equal Justice Initiative) in morning. Lunch on own, afternoon tour of The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Dinner on own, evening discussion
Montgomery, AL – National Memorial for Peace and Justice morning visit , balance of day free with evening discussion and dinner (included)
Montgomery, AL/Atlanta, GA – Drive back to Atlanta and return to Seattle
Total cost for double occupancy is $2550. Includes airfare, transportation, all breakfasts, all program costs, one brunch, two lunches and two dinners. If you have more than 2 people in your party, please contact us. There is a possibility for a babysitter if families with young children would like to travel. Please contact us.
For those wanting airfare, you must register by April 20th
For those obtaining their own airfare, you must register by June 30th. (price is reduced by $500)
Since spaces are limited, your spot on the trip is NOT secure until after you sign up and pay the deposit.
“Fear and anger are a threat to justice. They can infect a community, a state, or a nation, and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous.”
― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Central District Oral History Project
If you are interested in interviewing local Seattle living witnesses, and are between 13 and 18 years of age, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View a sample list of our past programs.