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    Wassmuth Education Center

    The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights will be a comprehensive education facility located within the licensing agreement of the Memorial.  The 3,500 sf first floor will accommodate daily operations and staffing including an 800 sf Docent Center for beginning and ending tours of the Memorial, two welcoming stations with VR tours of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, visitor center, and public restrooms.

    A one-of-a-kind human rights educational center within a one-of-a-kind human rights memorial.

    Donor Recognition Opportunities

    For over two decades, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights has proudly served Idaho educators and students.  The scope of our programming, resources, and services has grown dramatically. Now it is time to look to the future.  And the future is bright. Exploring new ways to better serve Idaho’s classrooms and communities — and meet the demand — our resources, technology and facilities must grow too. We look forward to bringing all aspects of daily operation and programming into one comprehensive education center.

    ​$50,000+ funders will be permanently recognized on a prominent stone plaque set into the towering feature wall outside the main entrance – a public and enduring record of those who so generously contributed to expanding and sustaining human rights education in Idaho.

    Email for a list of donor recognition opportunities or to schedule a meeting.

    The Human Rights Classroom, planned for the second floor of the new Wassmuth Center, will serve as a public meeting place and education center. This much-needed new space will include a research library, conference room, restroom, kitchenette, and storage area. 

     With more than 1,400 square feet of open exhibit space, the classroom will comfortably accommodate banquet seating for 50, classroom seating for 40, or theatre seating for 75. Two large-screen projection units will link to a central computer presentation station. The inspirational, moving quotes of the adjacent Memorial will be “ghosted” onto the walls of the room.

    We have a number of current needs for the classroom as well as exciting opportunities for expanded Center programming:

    Space Needs
    These needs are currently outsourced to locations throughout the Treasure Valley.  

    Traveling exhibits
    The seeds to build a human rights memorial were first planted in 1995, when the traveling exhibit “Anne Frank in the World” was brought to Boise. The Center has continued to host traveling exhibits as a free educational opportunity for schools and the general public. Each exhibit has necessitated the renting of a venue with security to house the display. The new Human Rights Classroom will enable the Center to host future exhibits in a secure onsite location. Previous exhibit audiences have ranged from 20,000 to 45,000.

    Educator professional development
    The Center hosts both one-day and three-day professional development sessions to fulfill its mission and provide support for Idaho educators. The Human Rights Classroom will enable the Center to host all trainings onsite as well as provide easy access to integrate features within the Memorial as part of the training agendas. One hundred educators attend trainings every year.

    Enhanced presentation for participants on docent-led tours of the Memorial
    The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is recognized as an open-air classroom and is visited by over 120,000 annually, with another 10,000 participating in free docent-led tours. Each year, the Center is asked by both local businesses and schools to conduct workshops and/or content-specific presentations to provide expanded opportunities for engaging participants in the Memorial’s message or Center’s programming. The Human Rights Classroom will provide ready access to both space and materials. Special presentations are scheduled for over 350 participants annually. 

    Center and Memorial operation meetings (Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Docent Committee, volunteer group projects)
    One hallmark of the Center’s presence in the community is the vast network of volunteers who bring time, talent, and treasure to support the organization. Additionally, each year over 35 Boise State University courses engage students either in the Memorial or directly with the Center in service-learning projects, internships, and work/study programs. Currently, all meetings and volunteer projects are scheduled off-site for lack of gathering space in the existing office. Monthly volunteer meetings range in attendance from 25 to 40.

    Community programming (Human Rights Book Club/Dessert with the Author, Lunch and Learn Speaker Sessions, Community Conversations/Human Rights Films)
    While the Center is dedicated to providing programming and resources for K-12 educators and students, it also maintains a regular slate of opportunities to engage the broader community. With no less than eight special events scheduled each year, the Human Rights Classroom will enable the Center to bring the programming – and the attending patrons – into its own facility, thereby creating an enhanced relationship between the Center, the Memorial, and the public at-large. Average special event attendance is 150.

    When the founders of a proposed human rights memorial in Boise, Idaho, first created a 501(c)3 nonprofit education center in 1996, they could not have imagined the long-term impact of their efforts. The combined presence of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is a resounding statement in the value of  “promoting respect for human dignity and diversity through education.”

    First Floor Plan

    For the first time in the Center’s existence, all aspects of daily operations and programming will be housed in one location. Upon completion of the $2.5 million campaign, the project will break ground in 2021.