27 August 2008

New York: Museum genealogy project, Sept. 7

The Holocaust Museum and Study Center in Spring Valley (Rockland County) NY will launch a new genealogy center with a program at 1pm, Sunday, September 7, according to the museum's website.

Join us as we embark on our journey to discover our Eastern European roots. We’ll teach you how to find your family in the shtetl, document their travels and find unknown family around the world. We’ll give you the tools, teach you about the resources available and point you in the right direction.

On November 2, an exhibit on hidden children will open, while work continues on a multimedia project featuring recorded testimonies of area Holocaust survivors.

The museum reaches about 10,000 people every year, and takes educational programs to schools in Rockland and Orange counties and Bergen County, N.J., as well as to area churches, colleges, adult groups and private organizations.

This article in the Lower Hudson Journal News provides more detail about the museum's new director Michael Bierman and planned outreach.

Bierman intends to further the museum's mission of teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to the wider community as well as reaching out to various religious and ethnic groups in Rockland to combat discrimination and build "bridges of understanding."

The museum's mission is to provide Holocaust-related educational programs, lectures, exhibits, teacher-training seminars and commemoration ceremonies in the Lower Hudson Valley area.

The Holocaust Museum & Study Center
17 South Madison Avenue
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Phone: 845-356-2700
Hours: noon-4pm Sunday-Thursday, free admission
Closed major national and Jewish holidays.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:06 AM

    Can you help me find a museum in NYC that would be interested in the multitude of documents of some of the 600+ people on my family tree? They hailed from Poland, France, Romania, Ukraine,and India. I have an 1898 exit visa from Romania, handwritten letters from a cousin who later perished at Auschwitz, wedding photo in Calcutta, India, medal from service in WWI and much much more. The family tree is 16 ft. long and needs space to be displayed.