01 November 2009

New York: JGSNY member brunch, Nov. 15

The Jewish Genealogical Society of New York will hold its membership brunch on Sunday, November 15, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan.

The kosher dairy buffet at 11am will be followed by guest curator Karen Franklin speaking on "Creating the Morgenthau Exhibition: a Family Historian confronts the Twentieth Century." Karen will lead opening day tours of the exhibit after her program.

For more information, click here. The reservation deadline is November 6. Fee: members, $20; others, $25.

She will describe how a simple genealogy request resulted in her participation in an exciting reinterpretation of the family's role in public service and service to the Jewish community.

Karen uncovered fascinating personal stories and documents through two years of research in dozens of archives, libraries and private collections, and she will describe these discoveries, many of which are not in this exhibit.

A co-chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen, she is a past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and a past chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums. She serves on the board of ICOM-US (International Council of Museums), and the International Committee of Memorial Museums of ICOM, and is an Obermayer German Jewish History Award juror. She also holds the distinction of being the Jewish museum director elected to the American Association of Museums board.

A researcher on looted art, she has worked on cases for the Origins Unknown Agency in the Netherlands, the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and the U. S. Treasury Department. In June she spoke at the Holocaust Looted Assets Conference in Prague as a member of the Judaica and Jewish Cultural Property Working Committee.
For more information, click here or send an email. The reservation deadline is November 6. Fee: members, $20; others, $25.

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