• March 27

    Triumph 2014 ~ Lives of Purpose

    March 27 @ 6:30 pm
    March 27 @ 9:00 pm
    Hertz Hangar at the Naples Municipal Airport
    Tickets start at $150 per person

    CORRECTTriumphawardsSavetheDateOne of the best-kept secrets of World War II will be shared in Naples in 2014. On March 27, The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida will honor “The Ghost Army”.  Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a world class collection of sound effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, this handpicked group of G.I.s, was known officially as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. They landed in France to conduct a special mission, deceiving the Germans about U.S. troop strength and location at strategically important sites in France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.

    Composed of artists and sound technicians, specially recruited and trained, the unit tailored their creations for the mission at hand. They impersonated other units, built phony  planes, convoys, gun emplacements and even a fake Headquarters. They set up decoy, yet realistic, radio operations. The aircraft they created were purposely left visible to fool enemy reconnaissance flights. Many members of “The Ghost Army” went on to memorable careers in a number of fields, among them artist and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly and designer Bill Blass.

    “The Ghost Army” will be the 2014 National Honoree for the Holocaust Museum’s annual fund-raising event, Triumph 2014 – Lives of Purpose. The event will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at Naples Municipal Airport. The Triumph Awards acknowledge contributions by individuals and organizations who, having overcome adversity and opposition, positively affect the lives of others.  On hand to accept the Triumph Award will be one of the veteran of the unit, as will Rick Beyer, the producer of the recently aired PBS documentary, “The Ghost Army”.  As the documentary said, “Illusion was their ultimate weapon”.  The event will also feature a replica of one of the unit’s wartime creations.

    The event’s 2014 Local Honoree is Ms. Schaeffer McHenry, a graduate of Gulf Coast High School and a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  While a student at Gulf Coast, Ms. McHenry created an unique student organization called “The Friendship Circle”.  Its focus was to include those students who were missing out on the social aspects of school life due to their disabilities.  The organization made such an impact on all the students involved, Gulf Coast High School administration made it a permanent Club at the school. Ms. McHenry will be present to accept the Award and talk about “The Friendship Circle”.


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    When:   Thursday, March 27, 2014
                    6:30 – 9:00 pm

    Where:  Hertz Hangar @ Naples Municipal Airport, a former WWII training base


    • From NORTH of Naples Municipal Airport: follow Airport-Pulling Rd south past Golden Gate Parkway, to Enterprise Ave.  Turn RIGHT onto Enterprise Ave and follow 1/10 of a mile to Citation Point.  A volutneer will direct you to the Valet Stand.
    • From SOUTH of Naples Municipal Airport: follow Airport-Pulling Rd north past the main entrance to the airport.  At Enterprise Ave and turn LEFT and follow to Citation Point.  A volunteer will direct you to the Valet Stand.


    Ticket cost: $150/person for general admission

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    A private patron party will precede the event, starting at 5:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for Museum patrons to view “The Ghost Army” documentary, meet the honorees and receive a goody bag!

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  • September 2

    War is Declared: September 1939

    September 2 @ 1:00 pm
    September 2 @ 5:00 pm
    FGCU, Cohen Center

    The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University invites you to attend  A Symposium to mark the 75 Years Since the Outbreak of the Second World War.

    The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held at the Cohen Center, Room 213 on the FGCU campus, beginning at 1:00 pm.

    For more information, visit the Center’s webpage.

  • September 18

    Fraternity in Diversity or Feudal Fanatics? Statements About Ethnicity in Rwandan Presidential Rhetoric

    September 18 @ 10:30 am
    September 18 @ 12:00 pm
    Cohen Center, Room 214

    The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University invites you to attend a presenation by Dr. Deborabh Mayerson, entitled, Fraternity in Diversity or Feudal Fanatics? Statements About Ethnicity in Rwandan Presidentail Rhetoric.

    The presentation is free and open to the public.  It will be helf a the Cohen Center, Room 214 on the FGCU Campus from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

    For more information, click here FGCU-Rawandan Genocide.

  • September 25

    Museum Closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah

    September 25 @ 8:00 am
    September 25 @ 5:00 pm
  • October 4

    Museum closed in observance of Yom Kippur

    October 4 @ 8:00 am
    October 4 @ 5:00 pm
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