Author Carol Ascher will lead a discussion on her latest book, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air, Russian, Jewish Immigrants in Sharon and Amenia 1907-1940, at the Connecticut State Library. Ascher's book tells the story of Jewish rural life in the early decades of the twentieth century from photos and interviews with descendants, many of whom remain in the area today. Similar settlements of Russian Jewish farmers took place in other rural communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. A Chance for Land and Fresh Air is based on and expands an exhibit that Ascher curated for the Sharon Historical Society & Museum. This talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History's Third Thursday Brownbag Lunchtime Speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.
“You Make My Life Easy,” a quote from Wilfido, is the title of a section of the journal I’m keeping about our relationship. My presentation will include the story of how we met, as well as the journal entry describing our day in federal immigration court.
Carol will present a talk and slide show at The Old Boys' Club at The Hutte Restaurant in Hillsdale, NY
Carol will talk about her experiences researching and writing A Chance for Land and Fresh Air and offer tips for researching and writing your own local history on Monday, October 1, 6:30pm, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, CT
On Monday, June 4, The Connecticut League of History Organizations will present the Award of Merit for A Chance for Land and Fresh Air exhibit at the Sharon Historical Society that inspired the book. Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.