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From: Frances Levine

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:13PM


To: Melanie Adams
Cc: Emily Underwood
Subject: Fwd: Response to program

Whose program is this? How do you want to respond?


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Begin forwarded message:
From: "Abramson-Goldstein, Batya" <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org>

Date: March 17, 2015 at 1:12:07 PM CDT


To: "flevine@mohistory.org" <flevine@mohistory.org>
Subject: Response to program
Frances,
Hope all is well.
I am writing because I have been receiving emails and phone calls expressing dismay at the upcoming
History Museum Program: Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.
I can understand the dismay. How should I reply to those asking why this event is being sponsored by
the History Museum?
Best,
Batya
Batya Abramson-Goldstein
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

12 Millstone Campus Drive


St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
314-442-3838 office
www.jcrcstl.org www.facebook.com/JCRCStlouis www.twitter.com/JCRCStlouis

The JCRC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

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From: Frances Levine


Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:24PM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: Re: Response to program
Batta wants to forward it to others so let's review it carefully

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On Mar 17, 2015, at 9:16PM, "Melanie Adams" <madams@mohistory.org> wrote:
Sounds good. Waiting to hear from the students.
Melanie A Adams, Ph.D
Managing Director, Community Education and Events
Missouri History Museum
Madams@mohistory.org
314-464-3120
On Mar 17, 2015, at 8:09PM, Frances Levine <flevine@mohistory.org> wrote:
Let's talk about sending her a response when we resolve with students
Fran
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From: "Abramson-Goldstein, Batya" <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org>

Date: March 17, 2015 at 4:33:52 PM CDT


To: Frances Levine <flevine@mohistory.org>
Subject: RE: Response to program
Fran,
The note from Melanie would work well. I will wait for that.
26th of May? That would work for me.
How about meeting in Clayton? Oceano or Remys orCardwell?
Batya
From: Frances Levine [mailto:flevine@mohistory.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:41PM
To: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya
Subject: Re: Response to program
Let's not share the emails, until Melanie can send us a note to both of us about the ultimat!'! resolution.
Lunch can work on the 26th I think ... I am not sure where your office is, but if it is at the JCC we can meet
somewhere between our two locations.
Fran

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From:, Batya <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org>


Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 2:34PM
To: "Dr. Levine" <flevine@mohistorv.org>
Subject: RE: Response to program

Thank you, Fran. I had an excellent conversation with Melanie. When you and I eventually have our
breakfast/lunch/coffee we can look back at this incident as an illustration of a potentially damaging
incident defused.
May I share your email with JCRC and Federation leadership?
Best,
Batya
PS How does May look for you for that potential "breakfast/lunch/coffee" ?
From: Frances Levine [mailto:flevine@mohistory.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:21PM
To: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya
Subject: Re: Response to program
Thanks Batya for bringing this to my attention. Melanie says she spoke to you and is back in touch with the
students. This is not the program that she approved originally. She has given them some choices to bring the
focus back where it was in Ferguson or to take the program back to their campus space. Not sure why they
wanted it here anyway ...
Fran
From:, Batya <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM
To: "Dr. Levine" <flevine@mohistorv.org>
Subject: RE: Response to program
Fran,
Thank you for your reply and thank you for looking into it. The conflating of the issues is disturbing. The
parallels being made, likewise. The panel is seen as "stacked". The plan to base a documentary on the
event raises the level of concern RE the harm this program may cause.
Batya
Batya Abramson-Goldstein
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

12 Millstone Campus Drive


St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
314-442-3838 office
www.jcrcstl.org www.facebook.com/JCRCStlouis www.twitter.com/JCRCStlouis
The JCRC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Please consider the environment before printing this email


From: Frances Levine [mailto:flevine@mohistorv.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:19PM
To: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya
Subject: Re: Response to program

Batya I will have to check with the programming staff. I don't know about this.
Fran

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On Mar 17, 2015, at 1:12PM, "Abramson-Goldstein, Batya" <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org> wrote:


Frances,
Hope all is well.
I am writing because I have been receiving emails and phone calls expressing dismay at the upcoming
History Museum Program: Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.
I can understand the dismay. How should I reply to those asking why this event is being sponsored by
the History Museum?
Best,
Batya
Batya Abramson-Goldstein
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

12 Millstone Campus Drive


St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
314-442-3838 office
www.jcrcstl.org www.facebook.com/JCRCStlouis www.twitter.com/JCRCStlouis
The JCRC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Please consider the environment before printing this email

From: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya


Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:22PM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: article I referenced

http://www .stud Iife .com/fa rum/ op-ed-su bm issio n/20 14/10/08/p rofesso rs-e ndorseme nt -of-is rae!boycott-deserves-condemnation/
Batya Abramson-Goldstein
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

12 Millstone Campus Drive


St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
314-442-3838 office
www.jcrcstl.org www.facebook.com/JCRCStlouis www.twitter.com/JCRCStlouis
The JCRC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

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From: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org>


Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:03 PM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: Re: Your guidance
Melanie
So unfortunate! I am sorry to learn of this response by the students. If you are comfortable with doing
so, please send me a copy of the statement.
Batya
Batya Abramson-Goldstein
Executive Director
JCRC
314 442-3838 (o )

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>On Mar 18, 2015, at 3:37 PM, "Melanie Adams" <madams@mohistorv.org> wrote:
>
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> Dear Batya:

>
> I wanted to give you a quick update. The program will definitely not take place at the History
Museum.
>
>The students have started a twitter campaign against the museum and are planning a protest for
tomorrow evening at the museum. The museum put out a statement about our decision to cancel the
program because it was not the original program we agreed upon back in February.

>
> I will keep you informed as things develop.
>
>Thanks.

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>-----Original Message----> From: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya
> [mailto:babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org]
>Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:11AM
>To: Melanie Adams
>Subject: Re: Your guidance
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>Thanks. If there is no change-Would this status be ok to share with the Board?

>
> Batya Abramson-Goldstein
> Executive Director
>JCRC
> 314 442-3838 (o )

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> Sent from my iPhone


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On Mar 18, 2015, at 7:41AM, "Melanie Adams" <madams@mohistorv.org> wrote:


>>

I am still waiting to hear back from the student. At this point I have given them two options. Remove
the Palestine group from the program or find another location. Based on their initial response I think
they are going to find another location. I will let you know when I hear from him.
>>
It will be taken off our website today until a decision is made.
>>

Thanks.
>>

Melanie A Adams, Ph.D


Managing Director, Community Education and Events Missouri History
Museum Madams@mohistory.org
314-464-3120
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>On Mar 18, 2015, at 7:33AM, Abramson-Goldstein, Batya <babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org>
wrote:
>>>
>Melanie
>There is a JCRC Board of Directors meeting today at noon.
> I would be grateful for your guidance on how to respond to questions RE the event under
discussion.
>Many thanks
> Batya
>>>
> Batya Abramson-Goldstefn
>>> Executive Director
>JCRC
> 314 442-3838 (o )
>>>
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> Sent from my iPhone
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From: Melanie Adams


Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:59 PM
To: Frances Levine
Subject: Fwd: Update on MHM program
FYI from karen at adl

Melanie A Adams, Ph.D


Managing Director, Community Education and Events
Missouri History Museum
Madams@mohistory.org
314-464-3120
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Aroesty, Karen" <KAroesty@adl.org>
Date: March 18, 2015 at 8:52:26 PM CDT
To: 'Melanie Adams' <madams@mohistory.org>
Subject: RE: Update on MHM program

Hi Melanie, and thanks for sharing. I'm aware now-- and wonder if you have contacted Metro
PD to let them know you may need additional personnel.
However the decision was made to cancel the program, I very much appreciate the allyship.
This is a tough time on so many levels, whatever you need from me, don't hesitate to call.
Talk soon. Karen

Karen J. Aroesty I Regional Director


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-----Original Message----From: Melanie Adams [mailto:madams@mohistory.org]


Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:47PM
To: Aroesty, Karen
Subject: Update on MHM program
Dear karen,
I wanted to give you heads up about a current issue with a program. We cancelled a program
brought to us by a wash u student group because they changed the content to include the St.
Louis Palestine group talking about how they are similar to the movement in ferguson. We let
them know we were not comfortable with this change. We asked them to stick with the original
program or find another location.
The students responded by starting a Twitter and Facebook campaign against the museum and
are calling for a protest at the museum tomorrow evening.
I wanted to make you aware in case you heard anything about it.
Melanie A Adams, Ph.D
Managing Director, Community Education and Events Missouri History Museum
Madams@mohistory.org
314-464-3120
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From: Sarah Sims

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:15PM


To: Elizabeth Pickard; Melanie Adams

Subject: SoD tour draft


Hello!
Here is a draft of our guided program for SoD. Stop 1 and 3 are pulled from USHMM resources directly,
and the classroom activity is pulled from the ADL's Holocaust curriculum. Stop 2 was created in house.
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns/changes.
We are going to train our staff on this on March 301h and I hope to give them this document to prepare
for training on March 23rd
Thanks!
Sarah Sims

Manager, K-12 Education Programs


Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Tel: 314.454.3116
ssims@mohistory.org I mohistory.org

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From: Melanie Adams

Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:12 PM


To:

Batya (babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org)

Subject: FW: From Dr. Levine

Below is the statement:


Dear Trustees. Commissioners. and Staff.
Today. the Missouri History Museum faced criticism via social media on our decision to cancel a
program scheduled for March 19, 2015, at the Museum.
Some students at Washington University in St. Louis had partnered with the Museum to present
a program on social justice movements. As you know, the Museum is committed to addressing
complex topics in meaningful and respectful ways.
After the program had been approved. the students altered the content of the program. After
careful consideration, the Museum decided the complexities ofthe topic could not be adequately
addressed in the proposed format.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Below is the statement the Museum has issued:
Statement from Missouri History Museum Regarding Proposed March 19th Event with
Washington University Student Group
The Missouri History Museum often partners with community groups to present meaningful
programs for the public.
There is a clear expectation that the community partners will not significantly change the content
of the program as originally proposed. In its current format the program no longer resembles the
original concept the Museum agreed to co-host.
After much consideration, we decided the complexities of this issue could not be adequately
addressed in this format.
The Missouri History Museum asked the community partner to fulfill the original agreement or
find another location.
The Missouri History Museum is happy to work with the students to make a program that meets
all of our needs.
Anne-Marie Thurman
Assistant to the President
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Tel: 314.454.3146 I Fax: 314.454.3162
ama@mohistory.org

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From: Frances Levine


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:13 AM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: Fwd: 3 How the Courts Failed Germany 2; April 24, 2015

From Susan Talve


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Susan
Date: March 18, 2015 at 6:02:20 PM COT
To: Frances Levine <flevine@mohistory.org>
Subject: Re: 3 How the Courts Failed Germany2 ; April 24, 2015

dear Fran .... let me know if you want to talk about the protests planned for tomorrow night. not
sure how I can help but i will if i can. my cell phone is
.. giving a talk at 7 be done
by about 9.
talk to you soon! love, susan
Sent from my iPad
On Mar 9, 2015, at 4:29PM, Frances Levine <flevine@mohistory.org> wrote:
Thank you so much. I just sent a message to Jen too asking ifthis fits your calendar. Aver (we
will see is what we say in Spanish).
Fran
From:
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM
To: "Dr. Levine" <flevine@mohistorv.org>

Cc: Jen Fishering <jen@centralreform.org>


Subject: Re: 3 How the Courts Failed Germany 2; April 24, 2015

I would love to do this. Thanks for thinking of me. I have to check the timing on a memorial
service but I think it will work out. I am out of my office but I will copy my assistant so she can
check.
I look forward to working together and I so appreciate all you are doing
Love
Susan
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On Mar 9, 2015, at 5:08 PM, Frances Levine <flevine@mohistory.org> wrote:

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Dear Rabbi Talve:


The Missouri History Museum is sponsoring an exhibit from the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum, located in Washington, D.C., called the "State of Deception, The Power of
Nazi Propaganda." As part of this exhibit, the History Museum is holding the program, "Law,
Justice and the Holocaust" on Friday, April24, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at the Missouri History
Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Historian William F. Meinecke, Jr. will
present this program, which was originally designed as a presentation "How the Courts Failed
Germany" for the 2009 annual Conference of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators. All
participants will receive 2.4 hours of ethics CLE credit.
After the presentation, there will be a reception in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History
Museum from 5 to 6 p.m. I wondered if you might want to join us for an inspirational message or
candle lighting at the reception, and as a conclusion to this afternoon of learning. I would be
pleased to have you join us if it fits your schedule. I also wanted to ask you if you thought that
we ought to publish an announcement of this workshop in the Jewish Link or on some other
website or Jewish blog?
Thank you for considering this invitation. We would be pleased to have you with what I hope
will only be the first of many occasions that you and I get to work together.
Sincerely,
Frances Levine

Jj11!)
JJj;J_!!)

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To: "susan@centralreform.org" <susan@centralreform.org>

Subject: 3 How the Courts Failed Germany2 ; April 24, 2015


Dear Rabbi Talve:
The Missouri History Museum is sponsoring an exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum, located in Washington, D.C., called the "State of Deception, The Power of Nazi Propaganda."
As part of this exhibit, the History Museum is holding the program, "Law, Justice and the Holocaust" on
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum Historian William F. Meinecke, Jr. will present this program, which was originally designed as a
presentation "How the Courts Failed Germany" for the 2009 annual Conference of Chief Justices and
State Court Administrators. All participants will receive 2.4 hours of ethics CLE credit.
After the presentation, there will be a reception in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History Museum from
5 to 6 p.m. I wondered if you might want to join us for an inspirational message or candle lighting at the
reception, and as a conclusion to this afternoon of learning. I would be pleased to have you join us if it
fits your schedule. I also wanted to ask you if you thought that we ought to publish an announcement of
this workshop in the Jewish Link or on some other website or Jewish blog?
Thank you for considering this invitation. We would be pleased to have you with what I hope will only be
the first of many occasions that you and I get to work together.
Sincerely,
Frances Levine

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From: Frances Levine


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:30PM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: Re: meeting on History of Palestine/Israel
For sure so that can have a deep and meaningful discussion of the issues .... but know that there is no single
point of view and you likely need to find out from Holocause Museum if they object to tying a program to
State of Deception. Might be a very sensitive tie on all sides.
Fran
From: Melanie Adams <madams@mohistorv.org>
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:38 AM
To: "Dr. Levine" <flevine@mohistorv.org>
Subject: RE: meeting on History of Palestine/Israel
This ist a discussion with Batya and Karen to help shape the program. Karen said she has some
suggestions from the Palestinian side. I am happy to get the suggestions and invite them as well. I do see
this probably taking more than one meeting.
From: Frances Levine
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:37 AM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: Re: meeting on History of Palestine/Israel
Let's have them all here for lunch. Batya can come here. Who are we inviting from Palestinian side?
Sent from my iPhone
On Mar 19, 2015, at 11:34 AM, "Melanie Adams" <madams@mohistorv.org> wrote:
I was going to try to pull together a meeting next week with Karen and Batya to talk about a program as
part of State of Deception. Based on your calendar, you could do Thursday, March 26th at 11am before
your lunch with Batya. If that works for you I will see if they are available.
Melanie A. Adams, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Community Education and Events
Missouri History Museum
PO Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112
314-454-3120
madams@mohistorv.org

From: Melanie Adams


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 4:44PM
To: aroesty, karen
Subject: lunch on Thursday, March 26th at noon
Dear Karen:
Fran already had a lunch scheduled with Batya on Thursday, March 26th at noon at the restaurant. Are
you available at this time?
Melanie A. Adams, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Community Education and Events
Missouri History Museum
PO Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112
314-454-3120
madams@mohistorv.org

From: Cohen, Elizabeth


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:45 PM
To: Frances Levine
Subject: FW: #Selective History Museum Solidarity Statement and Press Conference

Please see what was sent to us from the Interfaith committee on Latin America and that I also
shared the MoHist response. Betsy
From: Cohen, Elizabeth
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:45PM
To: 'Eileen Wolfington'; Ko, Vinfung; Bob Fox
Subject: RE: #Selective History Museum Solidarity Statement and Press Conference
You might like to read the History Museum's response:
http://mo history. org/node/5664 7
From: Eileen Wolfington,
Sent: Thursday, March 19,2015 2:42PM
To: Cohen, Elizabeth; Ko, Vinfung; Bob Fox
Subject: Fwd: #Selective History Museum Solidarity Statement and Press Conference
Event Title: "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action"
An event was scheduled this evening at the History Museum to leam about the parallels between
three social movements by local community leaders. I just received this notification that it has
been cancelled. This press release may be of interest to you.
---------- Forwarded message ---------From: St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America <ifcla@ifcla.net>
Date: Tim, Mar 19, 2015 at 1:03PM
Subject: #Selective History Museum Solidarity Statement and Press Conference
Eileen--

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IHSTORV MUSEUM

March 19,2015
A Statement of Solidarity with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
A panel entitled "From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative
Action" was planned for Thursday, March 19 at the Missouri History Museum. Two days
ago, the Missouri History Museum informed organizers of the panel that the Museum could
not host the event unless the topic of Palestine and the participation ofthe St. Louis Palestine
Solidarity Committee were removed from the panel. We, the undersigned, condemn this
silencing of part of our community and this brazen attempt to divide communities of color.
Instead of talking about solidarity, we find ourselves actualizing solidarity by rejecting the
Missouri History Museum's demands. We stand by our Palestinian partners and are
postponing the original panel until an altemative location can be confirmed.
The panel is being organized to explore intersections among our distinct struggles. We are
baffled by the decision of the Museum, a publicly funded institution, to censor discourse. The
Palestinian narrative has for too long been silenced and needs to be heard. The St. Louis
Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) was formed in 2009 by a group of grassroots activists

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in the St. Louis, Missouri area to respond to Israel's devastating war on Gaza in the winter of
2008-09 and advocates for freedom from Israeli occupation, equality for Palestinians and
Israelis, and justice for Palestinian refugees. We question what factors contributed to this
decision to censor the panel. Shouldn't an institution dedicated to intellectual inquiry and
research be open to all viewpoints?
Our conversations leading to this panel demonstrate that we have much to learn from one
another. Our stories of oppression and resistance are understood by us all. We recognize the
overlapping state and economic forces that contribute to our trauma. While our histories and
struggles are unique, deep in our hearts we know that no one is free until everyone is free.
This attempt to divide us hurts us deeply and must be condemned.
We call on all people of conscience and heart to join us in telling the newly dubbed
"Selective History Museum" that their decision to silence us is wrong and contributes to
the deep racial divisions in St. Louis. Join us to tell the Museum that justice is not
selective and solidarity means we must stand together. We invite you to join us on
Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm in front of the "Selective History Museum" at 5700 Lindell
Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 for a press conference and presentation of a plan of action to
hold the Museum accountable for its shameful decision.
AltaVoz
Organization for Black Struggle
Latinos en Axion STL
Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America
Declaracion de Solidaridad con el Comite de Palestina en St. Louis
El Panelllamado "Desde Ferguson a Ayotzinapa a Palestina: Accion Solidaria y Colectiva"
estaba planeada para este jueves 19 de Marzo en el Museo de Historia de Missouri (Missouri
History Museum ) ayer, el Museo de Historia de Missouri informa a los organizadores del
panel en el Museo no podni llevarse a cabo a menos que el tema de Palestina asi como la
participacion del Comite de Solidaridad de Palestina en St. Louis (St. Louis Palestine
Solidarity Committe fueran removidos del panel. Nosotros, los que abajo firmamos,
condenamos el silenciamiento de una parte de nuestra comunidad y este descarado intento de
dividir a las comunidades de color. En vez de hablar de solidaridad, nos encontramos ahora y
en solidaridad rechazando las demandas del Museo de Historia de Missouri (Missouri
History Museum.) Nosotros apoyamos a nuestros aliados Palestinos y estamos posponiendo
el panel original hasta que encontremos una ubicacion altemativa que podamos confirmar.
El panel estaba organizado para explorar las intersecciones en las distintas luchas. Estamos
desconcertados por la decision del Museo, una institucion financiada con fondos publicos,
para censurar un discurso. El tema de Palestina ha sido por mucho tiempo callado yes
necesario ser escuchado. El Comite de Solidaridad de Palestina en St. Louis (PSC) fue
formado en el 2009 por un grupo de activistas comunes en el area de St. Louis, Missouri para
responder a la guerra de Israel contra Gaza en el inviemo del 2008 -2009 y aboga por la
libertad dela ocupacion Israeli, igualdad para los Palestinos e Israelitas, y justicia por los
refugiados Palestinos. Cuestionamos que factores contribuyen a esta decision de censurar el
panel. (,No deberia una institucion dedicada ala investigacion y ala investigacion intelectual
a estar abiertos a todos los puntos de Vista?
Nuestra conversacion de llevar a cabo este panel demuestra que todavia tenemos mucho que
aprender los unos de los otros. Nuestras historias de opresion y resistencia son entendidas por

todos nosotros, N osotros reconocemos que las fuerzas estatales y econ6micas que so plan
contribuyen a nuestro trauma. Mientras nuestras historias y luchas son (micas, en lo profundo
de nuestros corazones sabemos que nadie es libre hasta que todos seamos libres. Este intento
por dividimos duele profundamente y debe ser condenado.
Hacemos un llamado a todas las personas de conciencia a unirse a nosotros en Ia recien
denominada "EI Selectivo Museo de Historia " que su decision de silenciarnos esta mal
y contribuye a las divisiones raciales profundas en St. Louis. Unete a nosotros para
decirle al Museo que Ia justicia no es selectiva y que solidaridad significa que debemos
estar unidos. Te invitamos a acompaiiarnos el Jueves, Marzo 19 a las 6:30pm en frente
del "Selectivo Museo de Historia" Localizado en el 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO
63112 para una conferencia de prensa y presentacion de un plan de accion para exigirle
cuentas al Museo por esta vergonzosa decision.
Alta Voz
Organizaci6n for Black Struggle
Latinos En Axion STL
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee of Latin America

St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America


http://ifcla.nationbuilder.com/
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America 438 N Skinker Blvd. St. Louis. MO 63130. United
States

From: Aroesty, Karen


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:55PM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: RE: Program on the history of Palestein/lsrael

Yep- done. I think there are some very good people in town who can be counted on to take a hard,
honest look at the situation.
Very important what the title is- and people need to be able to address hard questions from those who
will inevitably be there to challenge.
All good.
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From: Melanie Adams [mailto:madams@mohistory.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:52 AM
To: Aroesty, Karen
Subject: Program on the history of Palestein/lsrael
Dear Karen:
In light of the current situation, we would like to plan a program that looks at the history of Palestine
and Israel. We would like to work with the ADL and the JCRC to put something together in connection
with State of Deception. Is this something you are open to doing? IF so I will try to set up a meeting next
week.
Melanie A. Adams, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Community Education and Events
Missouri History Museum
PO Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112
314-454-3120
madams@mohistorv.org

From: Anne-Marie Armbruster


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:35 PM
To: Thelma Cook; Mhm General; Holly Benson; Cathy Berges; Kimmy Brauer; Cindy Brinkley; Rachel
Keller Brown; marie.casey@caseycomm.com; Darnetta Clinkscale; Robbie Schaefer; Dan Cole; Bert
Condie; Bill Cappel; Robert. Cox; Kat Cunningham; Earl Dille; Gerald Early; Steve Ehlmann; Marilyn Fox;
Cheri Fromm; Bob Fulstone; Gary, Jr Gaertner; SCOTI GALT; Charlotte Tippy; Goode, Wayne; Mary Lee
Hermann; Mary Lee Hermann; Frank Jacobs; Ken Kranzberg; lml@wustl.edu; Richard Liddy; James
McDonnell; Veronica McDonnell; Sandra Moore; Sandra Moore; Noemi Neidorff; Cheryl Polk; Mabel
Purkerson; Gary Rainwater; Harry Rich; Elizabeth Robb; John R. Roberts; Bill Rusnack; Laura
Shaughnessy; Rex Sinquefield; Frank Steeves; Ray Stranghoener; Ray Stranghoener; Jim Tricarico; Bert
Walker; Donna Wilkinson; Wayne Withers; Michael Wolff; Wolff, Frank; Valerie Bell; Joan Briccetti; Jerry
Brown; Laura Cohen; Frank Hamsher; Richard Jensen; Romondous Stover; Romondous Stover; Austin
Tao; Kathy Giddings; John Bley; Joan Cronin; Judy Abrams; Edna Gravenhorst; Thomas Grady
Subject: From Dr. Levine

Dear Trustees, Commissioners, and Staff,


The Museum's decision to cancel the event "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to
Palestine" scheduled for this evening has generated extensive local media
interest. Charlie Brennan (KMOX), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis
Business Journal, and St. Louis Public Radio have provided me with the
opportunity to explain the Museum's position. After the program had been
approved, the students altered the content of the program. We were deeply
concerned by the lack of details regarding the program's content and
participants. Museum staff determined the complexities of the topic could
not be adequately addressed in the proposed format.
The institution is open to presenting future programming related to the
history of Israel and Palestine. Any future proposed programming on the
topic will be carefully organized and fully vetted.
A group of students have organized a media conference and protest to be
held outside the Museum tonight (6:30 pm). Museum security has been in
contact with the St. Louis Police Department. Although Museum staff will
be on high alert, I do not anticipate any problems with the students
expressing their viewpoint.
I consider this a powerful, teachable moment for all parties. The Museum
has learned to be more vigilant in our due diligence when forging
community partnerships. Furthermore, I believe the Washington University
students-even though they are unhappy with the Museum-are learning
lessons on leadership and community engagement.
Thank you,
Dr. Levine
Anne-Marie Thurman
Assistant to the President

From: Leigh Walters

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:23 PM


To: Frances Levine; Melanie Adams; Angie Dietz; Everett Dietle
Subject: Key messages and statement for tonight
I have put together some key messages for talking to the press this evening. These are for those that will be
speaking with the press. These are the main points we want to come across in interviews.

I've also updated our statement to hand out to the press when they arrive. Of course, we will be giving
interviews, but I always like to give them something in writing as well. It can be helpful when they go back to
edit or write their piece to have our main points written in front of them.
Please let me know what everyone thinks. I just want us all to be on the same page with what we are telling
media. We can make changes before this evening.
Thanks,
Leigh

Leigh Albright Walters

Assistant Director of Communications


Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Tel: 314.454.3103 I ,
lwalters@mohistory.org 1 mohistory.org

Key Messages
As we have been going through strategic planning, we have been looking closely at
all the programs and community partners that we work with. We are striving to
have an increased emphasis on programs that relate to our exhibits and our
collections.
As we looked at the changes to this program with this new focus in mind, we
determined that the adding of a third topic diluted the event too much from
talking about Ferguson. Ferguson is the part of the event that relates to our
collection and our local history, and thus, our mission.
The issue was never with talking about Palestine. The issue was with adding
a third topic to the discussion.
We asked the organizers to go back to the event that had been originally
proposed.
This has been teachable. We're looking into a more formal proposal process to avoid
this in the future.
We are completely open and interested in doing programming related Palestinian
and Israeli history. We would want to do it in the moderated panel discussion
format for which we have become well known.
The Missouri History Museum is considered a national model for facilitating
programs exploring difficult topics in the community including issues of race and
class.

From: Melanie Adams

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:51 PM


To: aroesty, karen

Subject: Program on the history of Palestein/lsrael


Dear Karen:
In light of the current situation, we would like to plan a program that looks at the history of Palestine
and Israel. We would like to work with the ADL and the JCRC to put something together in connection
with State of Deception. Is this something you are open to doing? IF so I will try to set up a meeting next
week.
Melanie A. Adams, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Community Education and Events
Missouri History Museum
PO Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112
314-454-3120
madams@mohistorv.org

From: Anne-Marie Armbruster [mailto:ama@mohistorv.org]

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:29 PM


To: Thelma Cook; Mhm General; Holly Benson; Cathy Berges; Kimmy Brauer; Cindy Brinkley; Rachel
Keller Brown; marie.casey@caseycomm.com; Darnetta Clinkscale; Robbie Schaefer; Dan Cole; Bert
Condie; Bill Cappel; Robert. Cox; Kat Cunningham; Earl Dille; Gerald Early; Steve Ehlmann; Marilyn Fox;
Cheri Fromm; Bob Fulstone; Gary, Jr Gaertner; SCOTT GALT; Charlotte Tippy; Goode, Wayne; Mary Lee
Hermann; Mary Lee Hermann; Frank Jacobs; Ken Kranzberg; lml@wustl.edu; Richard Liddy; James
McDonnell; Veronica McDonnell; Sandra Moore; Sandra Moore; Noemi Neidorff; Cheryl Polk; Mabel
Purkerson; Gary Rainwater; Harry Rich; Elizabeth Robb; John R. Roberts; Bill Rusnack; Laura
Shaughnessy; Rex Sinquefield; Steeves, Frank [CORP/US]; Ray Stranghoener; Ray Stranghoener; Jim
Tricarico; Bert Walker; Donna Wilkinson; Wayne Withers; Michael Wolff; Wolff, Frank; Valerie Bell; Joan
Briccetti; Jerry Brown; Laura Cohen; Frank Hamsher; Richard Jensen; Romondous Stover; Romondous
Stover; Austin Tao ; Kathy Giddings; John Bley; Joan Cronin; Judy Abrams; Edna Gravenhorst; Thomas
Grady
Subject: From Dr. Levin

Dear Trustees, Commissioners, and Staff,


The Museum's decision to cancel the event "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to
Palestine" scheduled for this evening has generated extensive local media
interest. Charlie Brennan (KMOX), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis
Business Journal, and St. Louis Public Radio have provided me with the
opportunity to explain the Museum's position. After the program had been
approved, the students altered the content of the program. We were deeply
concerned by the lack of details regarding the program's content and
participants. Museum staff determined the complexities of the topic could
not be adequately addressed in the proposed format.
The institution is open to presenting future programming related to the
history of Israel and Palestine. Any future proposed programming on the
topic will be carefully organized and fully vetted.
A group of students have organized a media conference and protest to be
held outside the Museum tonight (6:30 pm). Museum security has been in
contact with the St. Louis Police Department. Although Museum staff will
be on high alert, I do not anticipate any problems with the students
expressing their viewpoint.
I consider this a powerful, teachable moment for all parties. The Museum
has learned to be more vigilant in our due diligence when forging
community partnerships. Furthermore, I believe the Washington University
students-even though they are unhappy with the Museum-are learning
lessons on leadership and community engagement.
Thank you,
Dr. Levine
Anne-Marie Thurman
Assistant to the President
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Tel: 314.454.3146 I Fax: 314.454.3162

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Monday, March 23,2015 3:49:58 PM Central Daylight Time


Subject: Re: From Dr. Levine
Date:

Friday, March 20, 2015 10:04:26 AM Central Daylight Time

From:

Laura Cohen

To:

Anne-Marie Armbruster

And why isn't Wash U hosting this???


Laura
On Mar 19, 2015, at 2:28PM, Anne-Marie Armbruster wrote:

Dear Trustees, Commissioners, and Staff,


The Museum's decision to cancel the event "Ferguson to
Ayotzinapa to Palestine" scheduled for this evening has generated
extensive local media interest. Charlie Brennan (KMOX), St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, and St. Louis Public
Radio have provided me with the opportunity to explain the
Museum's position. After the program had been approved, the
students altered the content of the program. We were deeply
concerned by the lack of details regarding the program's content
and participants. Museum staff determined the complexities of the
topic could not be adequately addressed in the proposed format.
The institution is open to presenting future programming related to
the history of Israel and Palestine. Any future proposed
programming on the topic will be carefully organized and fully
vetted.
A group of students have organized a media conference and
protest to be held outside the Museum tonight (6:30 pm). Museum
security has been in contact with the St. Louis Police Department.
Although Museum staff will be on high alert, I do not anticipate any
problems with the students expressing their viewpoint.
I consider this a powerful, teachable moment for all parties. The
Museum has learned to be more vigilant in our due diligence when
forging community partnerships. Furthermore, I believe the
Washington University students-even though they are unhappy
with the Museum-are learning lessons on leadership and
community engagement.

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From: Leigh Walters

Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 10:04 AM


To: Mhm General
Subject: Phone calls related to last night's event
Good morning,

As you know, there are some members of the public who are angry that we canceled an event scheduled for
last night. We understand that protest organizers have planned a phone campaign. They plan to have as
many people as possible to call us and tell them they are upset about this. That is okay. As always, we are
willing to listen to concerns from the public.
We expect most of the calls to come to guest services, but we wanted to make sure everyone was prepared
just in case. I have attached some information about taking these calls and talking points. Please print them
out and have them available in case you get any phone calls. If you are uncomfortable using the talking
points, just ask for their name and number and tell them someone else will call them back.
The important thing to remember is to keep calm, even if the caller isn't. Always be polite, even if the caller
isn't.
At the end of the day, please just let me know how many calls you received (if any) and their names and
numbers (if possible).
Thanks,
Leigh

Leigh Albright Walters

Assistant Director of Communications


Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Tel: 314.454.3103 I
lwalters@mohistory.org 1 mohistory.org

Monday, March 23,2015 3:49:48 PM Central Daylight Time


Subject: sachs
Date:

Friday, March 20, 2015 10:13:40 AM Central Daylight Time

From:
To:

Anne-Marie Armbruster

CC: Ms. Levine- Museum Director


Newspaper Please at least share with Zac and Megan, the writers: Thanks: AH

Letter to Editor: The History Museum has Nothing to Due with Truth
Re: Missouri History Museum stops panel including Palestinian presence
From: Howard Sachs
Washington DC- interested reader
March 20 2015

Thank you for your well written piece. I respond with respect but passionate
disagreement:
If lies are not confronted and dispelled they lead to the worst of human evils. And that
is what needs to be confronted about this issue regarding the Museum program. The
lie is that America and Israel are bad. The lie is that such bad needs to be brought to
public attention at such Museum programs. The lie is that fighting against the values
of America and Israel are the noble moral thing to do. These lies are rampant on our
college campuses because American values have been rejected by many and the
values of leftism embraced.
Zach and Megan, Ferguson has nothing to do with the moral character of our great
country. Ferguson only has to do with a young man with terrible American values who
robbed a store and then went on to assault an honest hardworking policeman.
Ferguson has only to do with the decay in American values primarily due to young
men with little self -control. Secondarily , but still vital, is that it has to do to huge
numbers of our boys being raised in broken families with no father around. That is the
moral tragedy of Ferguson. These are some of the worst problems America is facing,
not racist policemen.
And then to link what happened in Ferguson to Israel is morally vile. The middle East
is simple but hard to solve. Israel is the good, free, tolerant, democratic people of the
Jewish state wishing to live in peace but hated and distained by her intolerant,
despotic, viciously violent neighbors. Six or seven times Israel has reached her hand
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Taking Calls Related to March 19 Event

Please keep track of all the calls we receive. If possible, get their name and
number.
Always be polite. It may be difficult when someone is angry and disrespectful
with you, but its important to keep your cool. If they start to get hostile, just
thank them for their concerns and hang up the phone.
Remember that really they just want someone to listen.

Talking Points for Phone Calls about March 19 Event


We have heard your concerns. The Missouri History Museum always appreciates
comments from the public. You can email your concerns to info@mohistory.org.
Please give me your name and number and I'll have someone get back to you.
The Missouri History Museum is currently putting together an event on Israeli and
Palestine history for later this year.
(If they are getting hostile or belligerent, listen for a little and then say ... ) Thank you
for your comments. Have a nice day. (Hang up)

From: Fikret Ercal <Ercal@mst.edu>


Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 2:40PM
To: Frances Levine
Subject: With great sadness and frustration
Dear President Frances Levine,
Dear Frances Levine:
I am saddened and disappointed with the decision of History Museum to cancel the "Ferguson to
Ayotzinapa to Palestine" event.
A History Museum is expected to respect unbiased History, and respect the freedom of speech and
expression in this context.
A History Museum is not expected to give in to pressure from Zionist Organizations. If we cannot trust a
history museum for telling the truth about History (in this context,Palestinian and Israeli History) in an
unbiased manner, whom should we trust?
We hope that the museum will regret its decision and reverse in a timely manner.
sincerely,
Fikret Ercal
professor

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From: Anna Baltzer


Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 12:16 PM
Subject: Jewish St. Louisan calling on MO History Museum to reverse decision!

Dear President Levine,


As a Jewish St. Louisan, I was shocked to hear about the Missouri History Museum's attempts to
silence the St. Louis Palestinian community by shutting down the "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to
Palestine" event if it included Palestinians. This is disgraceful behavior by a public institution
and cannot be ignored. I urge you to reverse your discriminatory decision and reinstate the
panel, and to issue a formal apology to the Palestine Solidarity Committee and the event
organizers.
The Missouri History Museum was among my favorite places in St. Louis. I went there all the
time, especially with guests and family from out of town. No longer.
Sincerely,
Anna Baltzer
Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis

Anna Baltzer
National Organizer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Local Organizer, St Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
Homepage: www.AnnalnTheMiddleEast.com
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/fbanna
Twitter: http://twitter.com/anna baltzer
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From: Frances Levine


Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 4:00PM
To: Leigh Walters; Everett Dietle; Melanie Adams
Subject: Fwd: Palestinian Exclusion
Do we draft response.?

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Derrick Redhead
Date: March 20, 2015 at 9:08:13 AM COT

To: flevine@mohistory.org
Subject: Palestinian Exclusion

Dear Ms. Levine,


I am deeply disappointed with your blatantly discriminatory decision to not let the Palestinians
sit on the "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action" panel.
I except a better argument from someone with a Ph'd, rather than this is a "complex" issue
which my staff did not handle properly. Your staff seemed 100% competent to handle the
complexities surrounding Mexico and Ferguson? Those groups were allowed to proceed
without problem. I feel like this decision was out of prejudice, with a elementary school
argument to cover your racism.
Needless to say, unless you hold a fair panel on both Israeli and Palestinian issues I have no
reason to trust exhibits or events held by the MO History Museum. If an event does not go
forward presenting the issues surrounding Palestine, the museum has lost my support($) and
attendance at all events.
Sincerely,
Derrick Redhead

PS If I wanted to see the Palestinian voice eliminated from an event or exhibit, I would make a
visit to an Israeli Museum (which have in done in my lifetime).

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From: Alexandra Newlon


Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 3:02 PM
To: Frances Levine
Subject: Fwd: Silencing of Palestinian Voices
Dear Ms. Levine,

As a member of the Saint Louis community and a supporter of free speech and human rights, I
condemn the Missouri History Museum's silencing of Palestinians voices. While the issues in
Mexico, Palestine and St. Louis city and county are deep-rooted and complex, all three cases
are unified by a theme of police brutality.
The museum's decision to ignore the ties between these cases and remove the Palestinian
voice from the solidarity event on Thursday is a form of censorship of the Palestinian narrative,
something that is all too common in mainstream America's understanding ofthe conflict in the
Middle East. I'm embarrassed that my local history museum is implicit in perpetuating this onesided account ofthe events in Palestine/Israel.
Instead of embracing an opportunity to educate the public about universal issues of state
oppression and racial injustice, the Missouri History Museum chose to deny its existence. As an
educational institution, I consider this decision a failure in the mission of the museum. The Saint
Louis community is comprised of Palestinian-American citizens who deserve a platform to
publicize their struggle. I'll leave you with this quote:

"The Missouri History Museum seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices,
present circumstances, and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of the
community; and facilitate solutions to common problems."
Sincerely,

Alexandra Newlon

From: Penny Holste


Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 4:04PM
To: Frances Levine
Subject: panel

Dear Ms. Levine/


I was saddened to hear that the Palestinians were not welcome on the panel "From Ferguson to
Ayotzinapa to Palestine." I understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is very complex/ however/
the History Museum is a public institution/ one of the a jewels of St. Louis/ and I feel no voices
should be silenced. Having no voice is what causes people all over the world to feel frustration
and anger and often leads to violence. Speaking publicly allows those who do not agree with the
panel to have their say. Please consider allowing the panel to go forward as planned.
Respectfully 1
Penny Holste

From: Melanie Adams


Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:02 PM
To: Frances Levine
Subject: FW: article I referenced

Batya sent this yesterday


From: Abramson-Goldstein, Batya [mailto:babramson-goldstein@jcrcstl.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:22PM
To: Melanie Adams
Subject: article I referenced
http://www.studlife.com/forum/op-ed-submission/2014/10/08/professors-endorsement-of-israelboycott-deserves-condemnation/
Batya Abramson-Goldstein
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

12 Millstone Campus Drive


St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
314-442-3838 office
www.jcrcstl.org www.facebook.com/JCRCStlouis www.twitter.com/JCRCStlouis
The JCRC is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

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March 19, 2015


Statement from Missouri History Museum Regarding Proposed March 19th Event
The Missouri History Museum often partners with community groups to present
meaningful programs for the public.
There is a clear expectation that the community partners will not significantly
change the content of the program as originally proposed. In its current format, the
program no longer resembles the original concept the Museum agreed to co-host.
We were initially open to the changes and posted information about the program on
our website. However, after much consideration, we decided the complexities of this
issue could not be adequately addressed in this format.
As we have been going through strategic planning, we have been looking closely at
all the programs and community partners that we work with. We are striving to
have an increased emphasis on programs that relate to our exhibits and our
collections. As we looked at the changes to this program with this new focus in
mind, we determined that the adding of a third topic diluted the event too much
from talking about Ferguson. Ferguson is the part of the event that relates to our
collection and our local history, and thus, our mission. Our issue was never with
talking about Palestine. The issue was with adding a third topic to the discussion.
We asked the community partner to fulfill the original agreement or find another
location.
We are completely open and interested in doing programming related Palestinian
and Israeli history. Such a program might make sense in relation to an upcoming
exhibit.
The Missouri History Museum is happy to work with the students to make a
program that meets all of our needs.

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Dear Trustees, Commissioners, and Staff,


As you know, the Museum's decision to not host an event scheduled
for March 19 has resulted in both support and criticism. Substantial
changes regarding the program's content led us to determine the
complexities of the topic could not be adequately addressed with the
proposed program.
A group of about 100 students attended a protest outside the
Museum last night. Museum staff members and I took the opportunity
to meet with Sourik Beltran, a student organizer, and Sandra Tamari,
a Palestinian-American activist. We reiterated our position and let
them know we heard their concerns.

(Sandra Tamari, Sourik Beltran, and me. Image courtesy Rebelutionary_Z on


Twitter. com)

Today, a group of approximately 20 people representing Jewish


Voice for Peace protested. Museum security handled the situation
and the protestors left without incident.
Everyone affiliated with the Museum respects the rights of people to
assemble and have their voices be heard.

We are currently in the process of planning a moderated panel


discussion related to Palestinian and Israeli history for later this year.
This event will include the plurality of voices that we believe is
needed to adequately address the complexities of these historical
events. This event will be related to an upcoming exhibit on our
schedule.
Here is a link to our official statement:
http://mohistory.org/node/56647
Thank you.