Joan Adler: My Family: I Could Write a Book


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Date(s) - October 8, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library

Joan Adler

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My Family: I Could Write a Book

Sunday Afternoon,  October 8th, 2017   1:30 pm at AJU

Speaker: Joan Adler  My Family: I Could Write a Book
Many genealogists have been working on their own family tree for years and are beginning to worry about what will become of their research and documents once they are gone. How can they share their information with the rest of their family. My presentation will suggest several methods of documenting the stories of a family in book form in a way that is not overwhelming, even for those who feel they have no writing skills. I will tell fascinating, and often funny, stories about members of the Straus family as the platform upon which to illustrate my points. And I will bring several different kinds of books that are easy to create and of professional quality to show those attending my talk examples of what can be done. In the end, each person should come away with many new ideas and how to accomplish them.

Bio: After a career in education, and raising her family, Joan Adler became a researcher for Robert K. Straus, whose family had owned R.H. Macy’s & Company. Joan obtained the family documents, and began the Straus Family Project, reading, translating, transcribing and organizing more than 100,000 pieces of paper. She also began writing a family newsletter. She has done oral histories, publishing books about Straus family history, writing a book about the relationship between Nathan Straus Jr. and Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank), interfacing with historians, scholars, movie producers, Broadway play producers, government agencies, arranging family, reunions, organizing trips to the places where the Straus family originated in Germany and in the US, creating an archive and collecting information about the family for that archive and, best of all, speaking with people about the Straus family’s history.

The JGSLA Traveling Library will be available starting at 1:00PM.

Members free,  guests $5