Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn as the new Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Holocaust Museum recently accepted Dr. Charles W. Sydnor, Jr.’s request that he leave office as President and Executive Director of the Museum, effective July 31, 2015. This is the date originally specified for the completion of his two year tenure as head of the Museum. At the recommendation of the Executive Committee, and with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Sydnor, who will be 72 in August, has been asked and has agreed to remain as a part time member of the Museum staff as Senior Research Historian.

Oral History Preservation

In 2007, the Virginia Holocaust Museum began the long process of digitizing our oral history collection. This group of personal life stories is part of the foundation of doing research at the VHM and provides invaluable first person accounts of the horrific impact of the Holocaust.

Fostering Community Support

When you plan a visit to a museum, historical site, or park, often it is to see a collection of art or sculpture, to look at surviving artifacts, and generally to learn more. One of the often overlooked pillars of any nonprofit are the people who support and share the organization’s mission and goals; whether it is through volunteering, financial giving, or a combination of both. While the employees share a passion for the organization, the simple answer is that without community involvement, the nonprofit would not exist.

Benefits of Professional Conferences

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) held its annual conference in Washington, DC this year. These conferences offer a chance to hear about new technology and techniques in the field and interact with others who might be dealing with the same problems.    


Founded in 1997, the Virginia Holocaust Museum views its primary mission as educating the world-wide community about the historical and personal realities of the Holocaust. Through its permanent exhibitions, the Museum remembers the atrocities of the Shoah, the sacrifices of its victims, the bravery of its heroes and the courage of the survivors. The Museum’s commitment to Tolerance Through Education, encapsulates its goal to combat intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, fear and hatred with knowledge, understanding, compassion and acceptance. Having worked with the Virginia General Assembly to mandate Holocaust education in Virginia’s public schools, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to train Virginia’s teachers how to approach the Holocaust and modern genocides through Teacher Education Institutes and other workshops. We likewise provide the community with a rich variety of materials housed in the Carole Weinstein Holocaust Research Library. The Museum equally believes its goal to educate obligates it to mount an array of cultural programs open to the public.

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