Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes


The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) works with K-12 students and educators to discover and share the stories of ordinary people who have had a profound and positive impact on the course of history. Students engage in research, then make these stories known through documentaries, plays, websites and visual arts projects which they create and produce. In championing these heroes, students discover their own power and responsibility to improve the lives of others. LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes, located in Fort Scott, Kansas, houses a multi-media exhibition space that brings to life some of the most powerful Unsung Hero projects. In addition to a professional development program for educators, LMC holds two international student competitions annually: the Discovery Award and The Art Effect Project. The Lowell Milken Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation. 

Through student-driven, project-based learning, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes staff support and mentor individuals and groups committed to sharing examples of people who have been unsung heroes, whose contributions to the world deserve to be shared and celebrated. Projects span a wide range of mediums, from exhibits to plays, essays to websites. Students and teachers who work with LMC are provided with a diverse set of resources to see their projects through to completion. Since its inception, LMC has engaged more than 600,000 students and over 6,000 schools in 26 countries.

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In May, 2016, construction was completed on the 6000 square- foot museum space. This new building, the LMC’s Center for Unsung Heroes, features interactive exhibits highlighting individuals from history who took extraordinary actions to improve the lives of others, but were never recognized for their actions. These unsung heroes are often not found in history books. Rather, they have been discovered by students from around the world in collaboration with LMC staff and brought to light to inspire others. When visitors learn the stories of everyday women and men whose actions against injustice have bettered the world, they learn that one person has the power to make a difference—and that they can, too.

In addition to brand-new exhibits, the new space includes a 48-seat theater with bench seating, a conference room, a life-sized apple tree, and student art projects.

For more information, visit www.lowellmilkencenter.org