Steve Luxenberg- "Annie's Ghosts" JGSCV March 7 Program

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)-- California, (USA) is meeting on Sunday: March 7, 2010 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Our Program: "Genealogy From the Inside Out: The Story of Annie's Ghosts"

Annie's "a great non-fiction read for genealogists". -Jan Alpert, president, National Genealogical Society, in the society's July '09 newsletter

"My mother was an only child. That's what she told everyone, sometimes within minutes of meeting them. When I heard that my mother had been hiding the existence of a sister, I was bewildered. A sister? I was certain that she had no siblings". Part memoir, part detective story, part history, Annie's Ghosts revolves around three main characters the author's mom, her sister and the author, narrator/detective/son), several important secondary ones(including several relatives whom he found in the course of reporting on the book), as well as Eloise, the vast county mental hospital where Steve's secret aunt was confined-despite her initial protestations-all of her adult life. Steve will show how he used genealogical techniques to piece together the story of his mother's secrets, his aunt's unknown life, and the times in which they lived. Steve's research took him to imperial Russia and Depression-era Detroit, through the Holocaust in Ukraine and the Philippine war zone, and back to the hospitals where Annie and many others languished
in anonymity.

Speaker: Steve Luxenberg, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has worked for 35 years as a newspaper editor and reporter. Steve's career began at The Baltimore Sun, where he worked for 11 years before joining The Post in 1985. He has headed The Post's investigative staff, succeeding Bob Woodward, and directed The Post's Sunday commentary section. Reporters working for Steve have won numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

There will be an opportunity to purchase the book at the meeting $20.00-checks or cash only.

There will be a schmoozing session starting 15 minutes before the meeting, facilitated by JGSCV Board member Debra Kay Blatt...come and talk on your successes or problems.

Our monthly book report will be given by JGSCV member Judith Cohen on "The Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia" by Harry Boonin

Our rotating traveling library will have Categories A and B. To see which books are listed under which category, please go to our website, and look under traveling library. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to 30 minutes after the program.

The meeting is open to all and there is no charge. The meeting is co-sponsored with and held at Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks, CA

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website for directions and more information:

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

1 comment:

  1. "Annie's Ghosts" is a wonderful book. In fact, it inspired me to begin researching my family history again after I had given up about 10 years ago... and thanks in part to the Internet, I am having much more success this time around!


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