To See the World
During the Civil War, glasses with colored lenses were used to treat disorders and illnesses. Yellow-trimmed glasses were used to treat syphilis, blue for insanity, and pink for depression. Thus we get the term, “to see the world through rose-colored glasses.”
Why support the Frazier Museum?
This quote from David McCullough, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and National Book Award winner, eloquently answers that question.
“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.”
The Frazier Museum is making an undeniable contribution to the cultural and tourism fabric of our area. As the exclusive home of the Royal Armouries USA, we’re the only institution in the world outside of Great Britain to permanently display Royal Armouries artifacts.
The strength of this rare partnership, coupled with an equally extraordinary and broad American collection, demonstrates that Louisville is a contender on a global playing field. We strive to present high-quality educational programs, entertaining special events and an ever-changing selection of engaging temporary exhibits to give locals and tourists, alike, a reason to come back again and again.
That said, one of the most important things we do is help fill the gaps in history education– our aim is to do so in a fun and culturally relevant way. Through local partnerships with Jefferson County Public Schools, the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University, and international partnerships with the Royal Armouries and the University of Huddersfield (England), we’re creating exceptional learning opportunities for kindergarten through post-graduate that cannot be found anywhere else in the country. We’re helping create educated citizens in a nation that prides itself on its “for the people, by the people” way of life.
The urgency of our mission may best be illustrated via some recent studies from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation’s Report Card, which reveal American students’ astoundingly poor knowledge of history. Only nine percent of eighth-graders know at least two causes of the Civil War. More than half of high school seniors who took the most recent NAEP U.S. history test actually thought that Italy, Germany or Japan was a U.S. ally in World War II. These disturbing examples of how the next generation is failing to learn about our collective past raises concerns that we’re doomed to repeat it, as they say.
The Frazier Museum is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of private individuals, corporations and foundations. Your generosity helps us combat this intellectual epidemic and achieve our vision of creating a community where citizens use their knowledge of history to avoid conflict and resolve problems.
Director of Development