Founding Mothers and Fathers Show EU 2018

The Europe Direct service in Venice, a European Union information point in the Veneto region, suggests the didactic exhibition "The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union", which combines two exhibition paths: one concerning the Founding Fathers on official documentation of the European Commission and one showing the founding mothers on a project of the La Sapienza University of Rome, work result of the researcher Maria Pia Di Nonno (with the portraits of Giulia Del Vecchio), for which the Department for European Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers collaborates in national dissemination.

The exhibition is dedicated to 9 women and 11 men who inspired the creation of the European Union in which we live today:

Founding mothers:

Louise Weiss
Ada Rossi
Maria De Unterrichter
Ursula Hirschmann
Sophie Scholl
Eliane Vogel Polsky
Fausta Deshormes
Simone Veil Jacob
Sofia Corradi

Founding fathers:

Konrad Adenauer
Joseph Bech
Johan Willem Beyen
Winston Churchill
Alcide De Gasperi
Walter Hallstein
Sicco Mansholt
Jean Monnet
Rovert Schuman
Paul-Henri Spaak
Altiero Spienelli

The main theme of the exhibition is to emphasize that these women and men were convinced that people around Europe, remaining proud of their identity and their national history, were willing  to overcome the barriers and to build together their common destiny.

The exhibition is divided into 17 panels and combines drawings and photographs in a series of bilingual texts, written in Italian and English, in order to reach national and international audiences.
The exhibition was produced and inaugurated on the occasion of the 9th May 2014 Europe Day in Venice. Since then it is itinerant:

- in 2015 in high schools of the Veneto region (2015 edition)
- in 2016 in the institutional offices of Europe Direct in the Veneto Region (2016 edition)
- in 2017 in high schools of the Veneto Region and the institutional offices of Europe Direct in Europe (2017 edition)
- in 2018 in the high schools of Veneto and institutional offices of Europe Direct in the Veneto Region

Schedule 2018

The aim of the exhibition is to spread the understanding of the European Union among European citizens, through the knowledge of the common European history.

More info:
Europe Direct del Comune di Venezia
numero verde 800 496200
fax 041 2748182
www.comune.venezia.it/europedirect
infoeuropa@comune.venezia.it