Frazier History Museum

Violins of Hope: Teacher Professional Development

October 23, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Frazier History Museum is pleased to partner with Violins of Hope Louisville to present an exhibition (October 17 – 26, 2019) featuring a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. 

This unique professional development session offers teachers an opportunity to learn more about the Violins of Hope, as well as ways to make this vast and imposing topic personal, offering students a way to connect to the content through the experiences of their fellow Kentuckians. 

Participating teachers will . . .

  • Participate in an interactive workshop led by Caroline C. Sheffield, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and Department Chair at the University of Louisville, titled Kentucky’s Survivors Speak: Using Testimony to Teach the Holocaust.

  • Receive guidance on how to teach the Holocaust and the role that survivor testimony can play in effective instruction.  Arwen Donahue’s This is Home Now. Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivor’s Speak will be used as a source text for survivor testimony.

  • Utilize the provided guidelines to workshop lesson ideas using selected excerpts from the Donahue text.

  • Enjoy an opportunity meet and talk with Mr. Weinstein who painstakingly works to restore the violins and the memory of the nameless millions, including the musicians and artists who were lost.

  •  Join the public to hear a presentation by Dr. James A. Grymes, author of “The Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour,” delivered as Bellarmine University’s 2019 Guarnaschelli Lecture. Click here to read more. 

Registration: Thanks to Violins of Hope Louisville this session is offered FREE to professional educators.  Spaces are limited and advance reservations are required.

 Location: Please note, this training will take place at Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville KY 40205

PD Credit: Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) has approved this session for credit. You do not need to sign in on pdCentral in advance, a JCPS sign-in form will be available on the night of the session. If you do not work at JCPS please check at the school or district level as needed about possible credit hours. A letter documenting attendance will be provided for all attendees.

Would you like to bring your students to view the violins at the Frazier Museum and investigate the theme of resistance in American history?  Email us at