Sunday, March 7, 2010

I see by the snailpapers that a virtual Museum of Family History exists and is dedicated to.....

.........preserving the history of  Jewish families, history and culture for the present and future generations. The museum has a wide, targeted audience, especially among those interested in Jewish genealogy.

Museum director Steve Lasky tells this blog:  "The museum has divisions that deal with many topics of interest to Jewish people, e.g. Eastern European Jewry, immigration, life in the United States and abroad. There is a special section on the Holocaust. The museum has arguably the largest collection of online Holocaust memorial photographs from around the world. The museum is also a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations. The museum also has a special section about the Yiddish world, especially the Yiddish theatre and language."

Who knew? Interesting news, interesting website. [See link below.]

"The museum is multimedia and interactive," Dr. Lasky says.  "Internet users will find dozens of audio and video clips -- from Jewish documentaries to testimonies of Holocaust survivors. The museum has both a "Screening Room" and a monthly film series. "

Dr Lasky notes that the museum also has a cemetery project and contains an educational and research center, designed to help researchers learn more about their Jewish families and offers educational material that helps children as well as young adults learn more about Jewish traditions and history. That's Dr Lasky below in this photo, by the way.

The Museum of Family History made a special appearance in Bialystok, Poland on September 4, 2009.
At this time an exhibition opened, the first in a series entitled "Prominent Artists--Our Neighbors. Max Weber." Max Weber was a well-known Jewish artist (born in Bialystok) who studied under Henris Matisse and Rousseau, who painted in a variety of styles, who at times painted wonderful works with a variety Jewish themes, usually religious. Currently, the English version of the Max Weber exhibition (entitled "Max Weber: Reflections of Jewish Memory in Modern American Art") can be found at . The Polish language version of the exhibition can be found at .

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