Join Kate Dietrick and Rabbi Spilker on a tour of the Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota Andersen Library.
Wednesday, July 27
11:30 am – light complimentary lunch | 12:00-1:00 pm – program
Kate Dietrick is a member of Mount Zion and serves as the archivist at the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, which are stored at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer Andersen Library on the West Bank. Kate has invited Mount Zion members to join her on a tour of the Library and its holdings.
Following a light lunch on the library’s patio (weather permitting) we will begin with a tour of the “above ground” library itself, followed by a trip down to the library’s two 600-foot long, climate controlled, subterranean caverns, located six stories underground, where millions of books, periodicals, artifacts, documents, and other materials are stored – including our archives.
After the tour, we will convene in a study room for a video overview of the library and its collection, together with a “Louis Gates like” moment, in which Kate will provide the results of her research into a question previously posed by Rabbi Spilker – dating back to our temple in the very early 1900’s.
To top it all off, we will wrap up with ‘free time’ to peruse the 11+ boxes of Mount Zion’s own archives that are stored there, which include handwritten board ledgers dating back to our very earliest days, up to and including correspondence regarding the building of our current temple, and beyond.
Parking and carpooling options will be provided to those who RSVP in the affirmative.
Sponsored by Begegenen, MZ Small Group: Jewish Genealogy.