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State Library and Archives to Host Local Jewish History Workshop
(Published: September 13, 2012)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will host a free workshop on Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the TSLA Auditorium, tracing the history of the Nashville Jewish community back more than two centuries.

The workshop will focus on prolific people who contributed to local history and Jewish life in Nashville.

Some of the people to be featured include the man who raised more than $2 million to help finance World War I, the man who introduced seeing-eye dogs to America, the first woman to run for governor in Tennessee and the screenwriter who drew from his Nashville youth in crafting the popular movie, Dead Poets Society.

The guest speaker is Dr. Jean Roseman. Dr. Roseman grew up in a Boston suburb and attended colleges in Canada, Germany, and the United States. With a doctorate in foreign language education, she taught German and Holocaust history in the Nashville Public Schools for 28 years. During her career, she has contributed to many professional journals and has held leadership positions in local Jewish groups. Upon retirement, Dr. Roseman published From Y to J, The Hundred Year History of Nashville's Jewish Community Center. Her latest book, Shalom Nashville, A Jewish History, builds on her previous writings about local Jewish history.

The session is open to anyone interested.

This is a free workshop, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the auditorium. To make reservations, please e-mail workshop.tsla@tn.gov or call (615) 741-2764. TSLA's building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the state Capitol in downtown Nashville. Limited parking is available in front, beside and behind the building.