Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes unveils new musuem

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, Media Advisory

Contact: Ana Beatriz Cholo, acholo@mff.org, (312) 927-4845 (cell); (310) 570-4773; (310) 570-4773 (office)
             Bonnie Somers, bsomers@mff.org, (310) 570-4770 (office), (818) 307-3111 (cell)

Grand Opening Celebration for the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas

What: Out of the ashes of a devastating fire that gutted much of a small, historic downtown more than a decade ago, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) will unveil a new museum dedicated to individuals who have taken extraordinary actions to help others, yet who have been ignored by history until now.

The Hall of Unsung Heroes will feature museum-quality exhibits, a 48-seat theater with bench seating, a conference room, a life-sized apple tree, and exceptional student art. This high-tech, interpretive museum is the perfect destination for curious minds – students, educators, families, road trippers and history buffs.

On Monday, May 23, The Power of Unsung Heroes: A Day of Storytelling and Discovery, will be held at the Liberty Theatre in historic, downtown Fort Scott. The heroes, together with award winning educators and guests from across the nation, will spend the day reflecting on the legacies and continued relevance of unsung heroes from history, showcasing student-produced plays that honor the heroes’ actions and sharing personal stories.

On Tuesday, May 24, over 200 dignitaries and visitors from around the world, including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and museum founder Lowell Milken, are expected to participate in grand opening festivities for the new Hall of Unsung Heroes.

When/Where: Monday, May 23, 2016 - The Power of Unsung Heroes: A Day of Storytelling & Discovery (Liberty Theater, 113 South Main, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701); Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting (Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, 1 South Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701)

**Press parking will be on the north side of the Hall of Heroes on Wall Street.

Background: Since 2007, LMC has operated a smaller exhibit gallery in downtown Fort Scott. The popularity of the original space, which attracted visitors from 80 countries, spurred creation of the new Hall of Unsung Heroes. The former gallery will be a "discovery lab" for educators and students to do research and project-based learning on unsung heroes. LMC also has a “virtual address” at www.lowellmilkencenter.org that offers research, resources and high-level competitions for educators, students and others.

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes’ regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Starting in June it will be open Saturdays in the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Established in 2007, the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes discovers, develops and communicates the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive difference in the course of history. Now in its ninth year, LMC has reached over 1,200,000 students and 9,000 schools in all 50 states, with growing global reach.

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