The Power of Children: Making a Difference

"The stories of ordinary children who faced extraordinary circumstances can inspire children today..." Quote with images of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White.
Exhibit Duration
August 2019 - May 2019

The Power of Children: Making a Difference shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White—three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world. This exhibit encourages children and families to explore issues of isolation, fear, and prejudice throughout the twentieth century and today. The material in this exhibit is serious in nature and recommended for children ages 8+ and their families, and for school groups. 

Through audiovisual presentations, original artifacts, and hands-on interactives, visitors get to know each child’s story. Immersive environments bring visitors into the spaces where each child felt safe: the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family spent two years in hiding; the first-grade classroom where Ruby Bridges spent an entire school year alone with her teacher Mrs. Henry; and Ryan White’s bedroom, filled with items he treasured. 

This traveling exhibition is part of the NEH On the Road program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities