The Ontario County Historical Society Museum joined with state and national historical museums, organizations, and alliances in universally condemning the violent attack on the Capitol of the United States on January 6th.
“The Capitol, a museum itself, was breached and defiled by a white supremacist, fascist mob, some wearing anti-Semitic and racist symbols, including Confederate flags, nooses, and attire promoting the Auschwitz death camp,” the Historical Society said in a press release. “On January 8, 2021, The Museum of Jewish Heritage reported finding a Confederate flag tied to its front door in the morning.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) issued a joint statement endorsed by 17 different national and regional museums, including the Museum Association of New York (of which the Ontario County Historical Society Museum is a member).
“As interpreters and educators of history and culture, museums and museum professionals have the power to uphold democracy and democratic norms, call out bigotry and hate, and fight for racial justice,” it read in part. “OCHS seeks to educate our communities, combat disinformation, and tell the stories of our county, our state, and our nation, while supporting democracy and democratic norms.”
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