Researching the History of Institutionalized People

Add to Calendar04/15/2021 06:30 PM04/15/2021 08:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkResearching the History of Institutionalized PeopleJoin scholars and archivists as they discuss the strengths and limitations of these historical records to as a tool for discovering the personal stories of institutionalized people with disabilities.Online via ZoomHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join scholars and archivists as they discuss the strengths and limitations of historical records from state-run institutions to reflect the personal stories of institutionalized people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.

For generations, researchers have faced barriers to accessing the historical files of institutionalized people. Learn about the multiyear effort to preserve historical records from state-run institutions and the new policies that have opened them for research. These materials offer a rare, individual-focused approach to exploring the early history of institutionalization in Pennsylvania.

Though fragmentary, these historical records provide glimpses into individual people whose lives were profoundly shaped by the system of institutionalization in Pennsylvania. While the primary focus will be on records from institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this program will also address access to early records from state hospitals for people with mental illness.

Attendees will learn about the information contained in these files and how to gain access to their contents. Speakers will highlight records available online and in-person at the Pennsylvania State Archives and the Heinz History Center.

For genealogists, these records offer the potential for poignant insights into the lives and personal experiences of institutionalized ancestors and their families.

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For more information, please contact Sierra Green at sgreen@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Accessibility: Open Captioning Live captioning will be provided at this virtual program.

Accessibility: Sign Language ASL interpretation will be provided at this virtual program.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dennis B. Downey, PhD is Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University and co-author of Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights (Penn State Press, 2020).   The author or editor of ten books and scores of scholarly articles and essays, Downey chairs the Disability Policy Circle for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

Sierra Green is an archivist at the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives. She is engaged in archival processing and reference services in addition to her work in public and educational programming. She has been a Steering Committee member of the Western Pennsylvania Disability History & Action Consortium (WPDHAC) since 2016. Sierra has collaborated with the WPDHAC in a multi-year effort to preserve and share the historic experiences of people with disabilities in Western Pennsylvania.

Nathan R. Stenberg is a first-generation disabled artist, personal trainer, and scholar from a low-income, single-parent family in rural Minnesota. He is interested in how the stories we tell about disabled people influence everything from depictions of disability in popular entertainment to policy decisions for the disability community in the United States. Nathan received his BA in music from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2014, and his MDiv from Princeton Seminary in 2017. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Theatre & Performance Historiography at the University of Minnesota.

Tyler Stump is an acquisitions archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He primarily works with records that document the history of mental health, institutionalization, prisons, and public health in Pennsylvania. Since he joined the archives in 2016, he has helped collect archival records from more than a dozen state hospitals and centers in Pennsylvania, and has written several articles on Pennsylvania’s state mental institutions.

“A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990” with Dr. Minna Rozen

Add to Calendar04/18/2021 12:00 PM04/18/2021 01:00 PMAmerica/New_York“A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990” with Dr. Minna RozenThe story behind the “A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990” website is also an inspiring tale of scholarly persistence and a lesson about the importance of preserving primary sources.Online – ZoomJewish Genealogical Society, Rauh Jewish History Program & ArchivesfalseMM/DD/YYYY

A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990 is an online database of more than 61,000 Jewish tombstones in Turkey, including photographs, transcriptions, and descriptions. The result of decades of work, this incredible repository is an essential resource for anyone researching Ottoman Jewry. The story behind the website is also an inspiring tale of scholarly persistence and a lesson about the importance of preserving primary sources.

This program will include a video presentation by Dr. Minna Rozen, followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Rozen about the project and the website.

This program is made possible by support from the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.

Registration

This virtual program is free to attend. Please register online.

This program is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Heinz History Center. The program is free to attend.

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For more information, please contact the Rauh Jewish Archives at rjarchives@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Prof. Minna Rozen (born 1947) is an emerita of the University of Haifa. A historian of the Jewish Mediterranean diaspora in the early modern and modern eras, she initiated and carried out documentation and digitization projects of Jewish archives cemeteries and synagogues in Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The digital archive of 61,000 Jewish tombstones from Turkey which evolved from an idea of the late Professor Bernard Lewis, and commemorates him, has been uploaded on the internet by the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University, a center she was the head of in 1992-1997. She is the author of ten books and scores of articles. Among her last publications are: A Journey Through Civilizations: Chapters in the History of Istanbul Jewry, 1453-1923 ,Turnhaut: Brepols Publishers, 2015; The Mediterranean in the Seventeenth Century: Captives, Pirates, and Ransomers at the Juncture Between Religion, Politics, Economics, and Society, Palermo: New Digital Frontiers S.R.L. and Casa Editrice Mediterranea, 2016. She is presently writing a monograph on Salonikan Jewry in the interwar period.

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