Calendar of Events

Jul 2nd

The Great Debate, 1939—1941

 

How Harry Warner, Ernst Toller, and Alvin York Helped Win “The Great Debate” for American Interventionists

Thursday, July 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ken Sutak, author and curator

 

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Ken Sutak, author of Cinema Judaica: The War Years, will explore how three unexpected men influenced the outcome World War II. Harry Warner, president of Warner Bros, Ernst Toller émigré Prussian-Jewish playwright and Alvin York, the immortal Sergeant York of WW I fame, who later became the most important interventionist spokesperson during “The Great Debate.” These three men were in the forefront of those who managed to change popular American opinion regarding World War II and help prepare the country for war.

 

*a members only cocktail reception will be held prior to the presentation, details TBD


Jun 21st

The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey

Schnapps with Pops: The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey

 Sunday, June 21st from 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Speaker Ried Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

Admission $10, includes whiskey tasting

 

The frontier iconography of countless American whiskey brands, particularly bourbon labels, captures many popular myths about the rise of this nation. Of course, the reality behind these labels is more complicated, and more interesting. Many were started by Jewish entrepreneurs who formed a prominent part of this quintessentially American industry well after the frontier was settled. Their involvement–and occasional efforts to downplay that role for political and economic reasons–is a story that illuminates the American experience as much as any of the marketing myths.

 

Taste your way through this history, samples of a number of the whiskeys explored are included in the program admission.

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Reid Mitenbuler is the author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey (Viking). His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Whisky Advocate, among other publications.

 


Jun 21st

Schnapps with Pops

Sunday, June 21st

2:00 p.m. National Archives Tour, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – FREE

6:00 p.m. Schnapps with Pops at the JMM – $10

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Join us to celebrate Father’s Day with a two-part exploration of the history of alcohol in America. First, visit the National Archives’ latest exhibit Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History with JMM executive Director Marvin Pinkert. Marvin will take you on a tour of this must-see exhibit at the institution he one called home.

 

Then come back to the JMM for a whiskey tasting and talk, “The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey.” More info HERE.

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RSVPs required for the visit to the National Archives and preferred for the evening at the JMM. Transportation is not included. It is not necessary to attend both programs.

To rsvp please contact Trillion Attwood: call 410-732-6400 or email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org.