Making an Impact
Gallery 3: Second Floor
This highly interactive gallery tells the story of hundreds of Arab Americans and organizations whose contributions have influenced our way of life. We recognize the leadership of Arab American politicians and activists. We celebrate the achievements of Arab American athletes. We honor the contributions of Arab American physicians, labor leaders and entertainers. Featured individuals include world-renowned surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, consumer advocate and presidential candidate Ralph Nader, White House journalist Helen Thomas, and auto racing legend Bobby Rahal.
Portable typewriter. Carried by Helen Thomas early in her career, a tag marked "PRESS" and "TRIP OF THE PRESIDENT" is still tied to the typewriter's handle. On this tag, is written, "Helen Thomas UPI". She was cited by the World Almanac as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in America. Gift of Helen Thomas.
Team Rahal racing suit and helmet, 2004. Gift of Bobby Rahal. In the world of automobile racing, Bobby Rahal has reached the highest levels. Mr. Rahal continued driving Indy cars until 1998, when he retired to concentrate on running his team and developing automobile dealerships in Pennsylvania and Ohio.