04 September 2009

Oregon: Genealogy's so sweet, Sept. 9

Chocolate and genealogy are a perfect match, says the Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon in Eugene.

The group's meeting on Wednesday, September 9, will feature "Mr. Chocolate" AKA Dr. Arnold Ismach, retired head of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism. He will discuss chocolate's history and Jewish involvement, as well as providing some of his famous truffles for this event.

The meeting begins at 7.30pm, at the Quail Run Clubhouse, Eugene. See the JGSWVO website for a map, directions and more details.

Would you like to know more about the early Jews of Eugene, Oregon?

Click here for an article by Professor Robert Levinson, featuring interviews conducted 1962-64 and written when he was 27.
The late Robert Levinson was one of the great historians of Western Jewry. He was native of Portland and associated with the University of Oregon and subsequently became a professor of History at San Jose State College. He held a BS from Portland State College, MA and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oregon"The Jews of Jacksonville, Oregon" was his Master's thesis, while his doctoral dissertation "The Jews in the California Gold Rush," became a book in more than one printing.
The article offers fascinating details and leads to the early settlers in the area.

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