State Historical Museum Opens Exhibit May 18 On One Of History’s Most Successful Human Rights Campaigns

The State Historical Museum of Iowa announced Thursday they will be hosting a traveling exhibit highlighting one of the most successful human rights campaigns in history. Beginning Friday, “Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews,” will be on display at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. The exhibit was created by the National Museum of American Jewish History and showcases Americans’ efforts from the late 1960s to 1990 to free Soviet Jews denied their rights to live freely, practice their religion or even leave the country. Ivy Barsky, CEO and director at the National Museum of American Jewish History, says, “The successful movement to free Soviet Jews has compelling connections to modern-day advocacy, highlighting how grassroots efforts can have an enormous impact. This exhibition serves as a reminder of how individuals can help preserve, protect and expand America’s unique promise of religious freedom, even for individuals on the other side of the world.” Rather than focusing on artifacts, this display utilizes powerful graphics like a handbill for Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, a 1981 Letter written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg to her Soviet bat mitzvah twin and much more. Admission is free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Friday, May 18 to Thursday, June 7.