HHRC History: Photo of 1984 Summer Seminar at Bowdoin College
A photo of the class and presenters from the 1984 Summer Seminar that led to the creation of the HHRC along with the cover from the workshop program.
Excerpt from the first HHRC Meeting Minutes from the meeting on March 29th, 1985, which were written by Gerda Haas.
“April 4, 1985
Following a discussion about the success of the summer seminar Teaching the Holocaust in Maine Schools, we probed for a way to continue supporting teachers and librarians in Maine who deal with the Holocaust and other problems of human rights. We formed a task force to look into the creation of a resource center.
The task force met March 29, 1985 in the conference room in the state library in Augusta.
After some discussion it was agreed that an independent corporation be formed and use the facilities of the State Library. Jed Davis offered to draw up the necessary papers and Burke Long agreed to compose a statement of goals and objectives.
We felt a sense of history in that conference room.
We named our newborn center The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.
We were quite awed by the force of these developments. Our summer seminar was giving life to this center.”
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