Indiana's Only Holocaust Museum

In 1995, Eva Mozes Kor opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. In 2003, the museum was destroyed by a hate-filled arsonist. Eva vowed to rebuild, and with the help of a generous public outpouring of support, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 2005. CANDLES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Upcoming Events:

  • September 21st - Peace One Day + Smithsonian magazine Museum Day

    Peace One Day & Smithsonian magazine Museum Day
    September, 21st from 10:00am - 4:00pm EDT

    Join the museum for a day to celebrate both Peace One Day and Smithsonian magazine Museum Day. The museum will be free to all visitors all day and will include programs, music, and food.

    Between 11:00am and 1:00pm EDT, CANDLES will host a community cookout, benefiting the CANDLES Youth Board, where guests can eat together while listening to music encouraging peace in the world. At 1:00pm, visitors can watch the pre-recorded video presentation of Eva Mozes Kor, Holocaust survivor and founder of CANDLES. At 2:00pm, there will be a presentation by Thomas Yee and Aiden Feltkamp featuring their work creating an opera surrounding Eva's life and her message of peace. CANDLES exhibits "Choices: The Holocaust Through Eva's Story," "My Story Matters," and "Dimensions in Testimony" will be open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

    What is Peace One Day?

    In September 2001, The United Nations declared the 21 September each year as the International Day of Peace and an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. It is a day to inspire the next generation to become the peace makers of the future, inspiring positive action to take place in their homes, schools and communities. Peace Day changes behaviour and encourages everyone to act peacefully everyday throughout the year, so any action on Peace Day helps manifest support for community peace building around the world. Since 2001, Peace One Day’s objective has been to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on an unprecedented scale.

    What is Smithsonian magazine Museum Day?

    Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

    All events will take place at:
    CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    1532 South Third Street
    Terre Haute, IN 47802
    812.234.7881



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