The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation recently gifted the Dallas Holocaust Museum a $300,000 grant to continue educational programming at the museum for the next three years.
“With so many people struggling to find reliable resources to learn about our shared human story and tools needed to help repair our world, this generous gift could not have come at a more critical time,” said Mary Pat Higgins, president and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, speaking with NBC 5.
TI’s grant will help the museum continue teaching the history of the Holocaust in North Texas and promoting human rights.
The TI Foundation has backed the museum’s educational mission for years. In 2021, the museum received $100,000 to support programs against anti-Asian bigotry. The money should help fund education and exhibitions through 2025.
Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation, elaborated on the museum’s mission, stating, “We believe this gift will impact thousands of lives every year as visitors to the museum are shaped by lessons of the past and inspired to stand up to hatred and bigotry in their own lives.”
Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that created a commission to combat antisemitism in Texas.
“Proud to sign HB 3257 into law, creating the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission,” Abbott wrote in a Twitter post.
House Bill 3257 established the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission. Its objectives are to analyze antisemitism in Texas every two years, work with universities to research strategies for combatting antisemitism, and implement educational initiatives to increase public awareness of antisemitism and the Holocaust.
The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum was founded by Dallas-area Holocaust survivors in 1984 to teach Holocaust history and promote the advancement of human rights by “combat[ing] prejudice, intolerance, and indifference.”
Located in Dallas’ historic West End, the museum is the only Holocaust-related museum or center in Texas and one of several in the United States. The Dallas Holocaust Museum serves North Central Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, offering educational exhibitions, documented survivor testimonials, local guest speakers, and an archive and research library.