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Author, Carol Ascher will discuss her latest book, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air, Russian, Jewish Immigrants in Sharon and Amenia 1907-1940

April 18, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106 United States

HARTFORD – April 18, 2019, 12:00-12:45, 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.

About the Speaker: Carol Ascher is an anthropologist and writer of fiction and nonfiction, who for many years studied prejudice and inequality in public schools. Her recent exhibit at the Sharon Historical Society, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air: Russian Jewish Immigrants in Sharon and Amenia,1907-1940, won an Award of Merit from the Connecticut Society of History Organizations, and her book of the same title, expanding on the exhibit, won a 2018 CultureMAX award from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Carol writes a regular column for the Lakeville Journal. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Hartford Courant, The Nation, and The New York Times. Her writing has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and several PEN/NEA Syndicated Short Fiction Awards. Her novel The Flood was featured in a National Endowment for the Arts program on ethnicity in America.

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April 18, 2019
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
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