Western Jewish History Center: Archivist Aaron Kornblum Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Sunday, December 16, 10 a.m. Join the Jewish GenealogicalMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 8 12:24 PMView Source
Western Jewish History Center: Archivist Aaron Kornblum
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Sunday, December 16, 10 a.m.
Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento on Sunday morning, December 16 for a look at the Judah Magnes Museum's Western Jewish History Center. The speaker for the meeting will be the Center's Archivist, Aaron Kornblum.
The Western Jewish History Center in Berkeley is the world's largest repository of materials documenting the contribution of Jews to the life, experience and history of the American West. In California, the Bay Area is home to the third largest Jewish community in the United States. Jews settled in Northern California since the Gold Rush and have played a very significant role in its economic and cultural development.
The Center, founded in 1967, includes one thousand reference volumes; sixty Jewish newspapers; thousands of photographs; dozens of paintings; and fifty oral histories.
Aaron Kornblum, a third-generation San Franciscan who grew up in Pleasanton, will speak about his work as the Center's archivist; the nature of its collections; those collections that might be of particular interest to genealogists; and the Jewish cemeteries in the Mother Lode for which the Magnes Museum serves as a trustee.
Before becoming archivist in 2001, Kornblum was a reference archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He worked at the Holocaust Museum for more than 11 years. While at the USHMM, Aaron also processed and catalogued archival collections and compiled a thesaurus of all the Nazi concentration camps, ghettos and prisons.
He has published four articles: “Concentration camps” and “Kristallnacht” (both in the World Book Encyclopedia); “Freemasonry and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,” and “The New Age Magazine’s Reportage of National Socialism, the Persecution of European Masonry, and the Holocaust.”
For his undergraduate degree at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Aaron concentrated in media analysis and modern European and American history. For his final paper at Hampshire, Aaron lived in Paris, France, and, using the Bibliotheque Nationale collections, undertook a graphic analysis of the French-Algerian War by examining French propaganda, combat photography, and editorial cartoons. After Hampshire, he received a Master’s in Library Science, focusing on archival science and theory, and a Master’s in History from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Since joining the Magnes Museum, Aaron has curated the Museum’s Case Study exhibitions highlighting the holdings of the Western Jewish History Center [“Jewish Freemasons of the West,” spring 2004; and “Alfred Henry Jacobs, Architect,” summer 2004] and helped co-curate some exhibitions borrowed from the holdings of the Western Jewish History Center.
Please join us on Sunday morning the 16th. And it's a good idea to save a stamp and bring along your $25 dues check for 2008.