October 29: Congregation Beth Israel (7pm); 5600 N Braeswood Blvd; Houston, TX.
October 30: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (10:30am); Carriage House at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research; 5300 Caroline St; Houston, TX 77004.
November 20: Dallas Jewish Historical Society/Dallas JCC (7pm): Aaron Family JCC of Dallas; 7900 Northaven Rd; Dallas, Texas 75230.
December 3: Downtown Rotary Club (noon); Bright Shawl restaurant; 819 Augusta St; San Antonio, TX 78215.
December 5: The Alamo Research Center (formerly Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library)(2pm); Alamo Hall in the Alamo Complex; 300 Alamo Plaza; San Antonio, TX 78295-1401.
As a child in San Antonio in the 1930s and ’40s, Nick Kotz lived with his grandfather Nathan, who ran a large farm supply store and a cattle-breeding ranch. But as he recounts in The Harness Maker’s Dream, he never thought to ask “Papa” Kallison during their many hours together about his early life, about where he was born and grew up.
The Harness Maker’s Dream is the history of the “American Century” told through the experiences of one family—the Kallisons of San Antonio, Texas. Nick Kotz shares insights on his book and research process with Deborah Kalb, journalist, freelance writer, and co-author (with Marvin Kalb) of Haunting Legacy.
August 30, 2014 Book Discussion on The Harness Maker’s Dream Nick Kotz talked about his book, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas. Nick Kotz spoke in the History and Biography Pavilion of the 14th annual National Book Festival, which was held August 30,2014, by the Library of Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
By Nick Kotz
In the late 1800s, Nathan Kallison escaped oppression in Ukraine and found refuge in Texas, where he became one of the top cowboys around.
In the dark of night, Nathan Kallison embraced his widowed mother and, for the last time, slipped away from his village in Czarist Russia. At seventeen, he was heading out alone—first by foot, then oxcart, and finally on a train over 1,300 miles of hostile land—to board a ship in the German port of Bremen. That journey, begun in 1890, would take him over an ocean and halfway across another continent to a future he never could have imagined.
A reminder for our friends in Washington, DC., Nick Kotz will be speaking at the DCJCC Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival on October 24, 2014 at noon. Hope you can make it!
Tickets go on Sale September 2.
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
Join Nick Kotz at Dallas JCC/Dallas Jewish Historical Society: Aaron Family JCC of Dallas Thursday, November 20, at 7:00 PM
This event is part of the Dallas Jewish Book Festival
7900 Northaven Rd; Dallas, Texas 75230.