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Adoption's Hidden History: Featuring the Cleveland Debut of the Ann Fessler Film A GIRL LIKE HER
Michael Schwartz Library in partnership with the Adoption Network Cleveland presents "Adoption's Hidden History," featuring the Cleveland debut of Ann Fessler's documentary film, A GIRL LIKE HER, about women who surrendered their children to adoption in the 1950s and 1960s. Hear what they have to say about their experiences and the long-term impact on their lives. This free and open to the public program will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the CSU Main Classroom Auditorium,1899 East 22nd Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Free Registration
A panel discussion, including Ann Fessler; Dennis Goulden, Executive Producer of the Montage Film Collection; adoptee Betsie Norris, Founder of the Adoption Network Cleveland; and two birthmothers, will follow the showing of A GIRL LIKE HER and will be moderated by Evan Lieberman, Associate Professor, CSU School of Communication. The program concludes with a book signing of the nationally acclaimed book, The Girls Who Went Away, by Ann Fessler.
Preceding "Adoption's Hidden History" are 3 events to introduce Ann Fessler to the Cleveland community and to celebrate her work, including a Meet and Greet at Elements Bistro on Euclid, and a live interview on Around Noon with Dee Perry.
"I'm extremely excited to bring my film A GIRL LIKE HER to Cleveland where multiple connections exist between my film and the community," said Ann Fessler. "...I will have a chance to meet and personally thank several people from Cleveland who were of great assistance in locating and securing archival film footage necessary to the making of the film, including Glenda Thornton, Director of the Library and Bill Barrow, Special Collections Librarian. I will also have an opportunity to personally thank documentary filmmaker Dennis Goulden, who donated films he produced for the WKYZ Montage program to the library, and then generously allowed me to use footage from one of his films in my production."
For more information call 216-875-9734 or visit Adoption's Hidden History.
Coming Soon! Changes to Electronic Course Reserves
Remembering George Dallas, the "Thanksgiving Santa Claus"
Beginning in 1924 and well through the Great Depression years, successful Cleveland restaurateur, George Dallas, provided a free Thanksgiving meal to thousands of unfortunate Clevelanders who were facing hard times.
Dubbed the "Samaritan of West 3rd" and the "Thanksgiving Santa Claus" by the Plain Dealer, Dallas, his wife, Alma, and his daughter, Marie, would arrive at their restaurant at 1363 W. 3rd Street and would begin preparing for the presentation of the thousands of boxes containing sandwiches, dessert, fruit and coffee. In 1929, Dallas' "grocery list" for all of the meal boxes he made that year included 200 lbs. of bologna, 210 lbs. of special sausage, 350 lbs. of goose liver, 112 fresh hams, 96 turkeys, 16 barrels of apples, 22 barrels of oranges, 1,200 loaves of bread, and 2,000 cakes. The number of people he served grew each year until in 1932, Dallas fed 10,000 people in Public Hall.
Over the years, the Plain Dealer has offered a couple of different accounts about what initially inspired George Dallas to provide his annual free Thanksgiving meal. In a Nov. 24, 1929 article, Dallas, himself states that "the idea came to me in a dream once,"(p. 12A) while an article from November 22, 1930 issue says:
Dallas came from America as an immigrant from Greece when he was 12 years old and penniless and hungry, was turned down when he asked someone for food. He vowed then he would never refuse a hungry man a dinner if it was in his power to give him one. (p. 15, col. 4)
Finally, George Dallas' obituary from the December 25 1952 P.D. gives the following account:
Mr. Dallas came to Cleveland from Athens, Greece, as a boy of 9. He was supposed to meet an uncle here, but the latter had returned to Greece. So the boy found himself homeless and hungry on Thanksgiving Day. That was the inspiration for feeding unfortunates on that holiday. (p. 27, col. 1)
No matter the reason, George Dallas summed it up well when he said, "People say 'Why do you do it, George?' but I say 'I work hard, I make money -- but you can't take your money out of this world with you. This is what I like to do with it.'"
See more photos of the "Thanksgiving Santa Claus"
Scheduled Disruption of Library Services Today, Friday, Nov. 2nd
Due to a scheduled hardware repair, services provided by Scholar, the library's online catalog, will be unavailable from approximately 6:00 pm until 6:15 pm this evening, Friday, November 2nd.
The following services will be affected:
Refworks & Copyright Workshops for Faculty
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), in partnership with the Michael Schwartz Library, offers a variety of workshops and discussions intended to help faculty at all levels of experience improve their instructional practices.
Register for any of these sessions by contacting the CTE: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-687-5502 (email is preferred). Lunch is provided if the registration is received 2 days prior to any given workshop.
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