Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The “Hope Trunk,” which contains educational materials and memorial items from the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, will be on display in the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe for approximately two weeks beginning around Jan. 19. The library is located in the Stevenson Center, and the exhibit is free and open to the public.
The traveling exhibit, which is on loan from the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum, will also be utilized in the “Terrorism and Homeland Security” class that is part of the campus’ Law Enforcement Technology program.
The trunk includes artifacts from the museum’s archives and has been developed to emphasize the impact of violence and its senselessness as well as the importance of personal responsibility.
The trunk has been on exhibit at schools nationwide. Many students viewing its artifacts were not alive when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred, and the exhibit helps to ensure the messages of that event continue to have impact.
“I lived in Oklahoma for nine years and included the trunk in a class I taught at Oklahoma State University,” said Brenda Phillips, associate dean who teaches the Terrorism and Homeland Security class. “I have found that college students find this especially meaningful. It helps them to broaden their horizons in terms of their understanding of terrorism and that it is a broader concept than they usually think as they consider its roots and impact on individuals.”
“The exhibit is very powerful and brings home for the students its effects as they realize the personal stories of those who were killed and lost loved ones. From my past experiences, the exhibit includes a range of items such as children’s books; DVDs and videos of both the explosion and its aftermath; police department and fire department patches from across the nation as a s ow of unity; and rubble from the site. Also, each trunk includes a ‘hope bear’ that was placed at the memorial. In fact, Ohio University-Chillicothe will be the first ‘hope school’ in Ohio.”
More information about the exhibit is available online at https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/learn/education/hope-trunk/
Posted by Dean's Office at 1:22 PM