Calendar of Events

The following are women related events in the area including ones not sponsored by WWHP.  WWHP sponsored events are indicated by our logo.

January 2018

Author Series: K. Heidi Fishman
Wednesday, 1/31/2018 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA
A promise kept is like the twinkling stars in the night sky: a constant reminder of something important that makes you who you are. Can nine-year-old Tutti keep a promise--and a secret? Her family's life may depend on it.

In the early 1930s, life for the Jews is on the brink of ruin: Hitler has come to power, and the golden memories of happy times are fading fast. One young couple, Margret and Heinz Lichtenstern, decide to flee Germany with their parents and daughter, Tutti. They move to Amsterdam, where Heinz is able to continue his work and where there seems to be hope for the future. Two years later, Tutti's brother is born, and the family is prospering. But then Germany invades the Netherlands. And in the pre-dawn hours of May 10, 1940, the Lichtensterns suddenly learn that they have not moved far enough. This is the true story of what the Lichtensterns endured under the Nazis. Told by Tutti's daughter, Heidi,and filled with historical documents and photos, it vividly recreates how one family conquered fear and heartbreak to survive. Theirs is a tale of both unimaginable devastation and lucky surprises--raids, sabotage,helpful friends and strangers, and a very special gift. One family. One remarkable story. And in the end, a promise kept.

From the Author: Tutti's Promise is based on the true story of what happened to my mother, uncle, and grandparents during the Holocaust. In order to write the book I did extensive research -- interviewing my mother, consulting my great-grandfather's diary, searching through archives and historical documents, visiting the places the family lived during the war, and interviewing friends of the family. The things that happen in this book are real. The conversations were created to capture the emotions and reflect the personalities of my family members as I knew them to be.

Tutti's Promise is appropriate for ages 10 and older. While it might be a gentle introduction to the youngest readers, many adults have found it an inspiring story as well.

This event is part of the Worcester JCC Author Series. The series is free and open to the public. This event is a part of the Worcester JCC Author series. The series is free and open to the public. Monthly literary events featuring an eclectic line up of both emerging and prominent authors. Book signing and dessert reception follow lecture. For details, please contact Nancy Greenberg at ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org or at (508) 756-7109 x232.
For more information, e-mail ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org or call 508-756-7109x232.

February 2018

Professor Gary Hylander: The Declaration of Independence
Thursday, 2/1/2018 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public

Join local historian Professor Gary Hylander for a fascinating historical series called American Sampler. The first session is called "When In the Course of Human Events: The Declaration of Independence." Professor Hylander is a local favorite who brings history alive through his lectures. He earned his Ph.D. at Boston College and currently, he is an independent scholar who specializes as a Presidential Historian. He is a visiting professor at Framingham State University, on the staff at Boston University School of Education, and a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Hylander is a frequent lecturer at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations as well as a public affairs commentator on local news and radio.
For more information, e-mail lreichert@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

The Declaration of Independence
Thursday, 2/1/2018 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
When In the Course of Human Events: Declaration of Independence
Professor Hylander is a local favorite who brings history alive through his lectures. He is a visiting professor at Framingham State University, on the staff at Boston University School of Education, and a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. at Boston College and currently, he is an independent scholar who specializes as a Presidential Historian.

For more information, e-mail lreichert@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

FREE Admission for February 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA
Enjoy FREE Admission to Worcester Historical Museum (Tues-Sat 10am-4pm - every 4th Thursday until 8:30pm) AND Salisbury Mansion (Thurs-Sat 1-4pm) for the entire month of February 2018 courtesy of J.J. Bafaro Mechanical Contractors.
Sponsored by: J.J. BAFARO Mechanical Contractors
For more information, e-mail info@worcesterhistory.net or call 508-753-8278.

Why, When and How to Conduct Research at the National Archives in Boston
Saturday, 2/3/2018 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - Free
You can arrive from 9:30am to attend an earlier ½ hour of socialization time.

The day will begin with a short business meeting followed by the Why, When and How to Conduct Research at the National Archives in Boston presentation by Seema-Jayne Kenney.

Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies, currently Vice-President of the Worcester Chapter of MSOG.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in this presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a friend(s), as well as your own non-alcoholic beverage, munchies will be provided. Anyone bringing goodies to share will receive an extra door prize ticket. Membership is encouraged for anyone pursuing the hobby, passion, or profession of Genealogy. Yearly membership is only $25.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family living in the same household.

Please note that parking isnt allowed in the green areas (further from the door). Note your space number and pay for parking at the outdoor kiosk (credit cards accepted) BEFORE entering the library. Arrive early to avoid the lines at the parking kiosk. Some on-street parking may be available as well.

Questions? Contact: Nancy Schultzberg, Publicity Chairperson, at 774-573-9529. For more information about the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, visit our website:
www.massachusettssocietyofgenealogists.org -or- www.msoginc.org

Sponsored by: Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
For more information, e-mail swedique@hotmail.com.

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