Anne Frank Pop-up Exhibition comes to Fairbanks, teaches kids

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Local high school students have been given the opportunity to learn more about the life of Anne Frank in a unique travelling exhibit. The Anne Frank Pop-up Exhibition is being presented in both high school and home school settings by the Anne Frank House and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in collaboration with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

The exhibit has been touring Alaska the entire month of October, with the first Fairbanks showing at Lathrop last week and viewings at West Valley through the 24th. Students were trained on how to present the exhibit prior to viewing.

West Valley Senior Jessica Johnson explains more about the student's involvement.

"My task is to lead people through the story of Anne Frank using the panels and allow them to interact with the history. I went through a two-day training with people from the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands and they brought these panels and showed us how to convey the information and go through it, and mostly I just help people learn the story and ask them questions and have them interact with the history," she said.

Hutchison Junior Estelle Halbrooks, who viewed the exhibit, shares how this experience helped her learn more about Anne Frank's story.

"When you narrow it down, you definitely get a more personal connection and you learn a lot more. So you learn more about her early life, and then you hear stuff from her actual diary and you realize how this child really saw the world at that time," she said.

There were also tables set up around the exhibit with art work of Anne Frank and a display called 'Book in a Jar' which showed how a story could be displayed with just a few key elements. Paper butterflies were hung as a symbol of the children lost in the Holocaust, while another table featured items significant to the Jewish community.