JMM Insights: Father’s Day

This week, in honor of Father’s Day I will be indulging in two of my passions (and they both involve “ties”!).

Tonight’s indulgence is my passion for museums. I’ll be a part of a panel discussion with colleagues at the other JMM (the Jewish Museum Milwaukee) for a behind-the-scenes look at how (and why) temporary exhibits and traveling shows happen. I will, of course, be wearing my Harry Houdini tie.

On Sunday my kids (my adult kids) are indulging me in another passion, board games.  It won’t be on a table top (the kids are located in Ann Arbor and Boston), but we’ll use a website dedicated to board games. My kids are pretty good players, so the best I can hope for is a tie…cue rimshot.

Whether or not you can be with your dad on Sunday, I’m wishing you an inspiring Father’s Day.

JMM Board Voting Goes Virtual!

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at


Dad, Father, 亲, Pops, Viejo, Abba, Foter, אב

Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, Cousins, Family Friends – this weekend is a time to celebrate, honor, and remember the father figures who play important roles in our lives. Just like there are lots of ways to be a mom, there are just as many ways to be a dad. In today’s JMM Insights, we’re sharing our personal dad-stories, diving into the collections for dad-related fun, and even suggesting some ways to celebrate that go behind the…ahem…traditional tie.

We hope you, too, will take this opportunity to share your Father’s Day thoughts and memories. Post as a comment on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter – use the hashtag #JMMDads so we’ll be sure to see it.
Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories shared by JMM Development and Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman:

My dad has many names. You can tell when in his life someone met him – childhood friends and family call him Butch (because of the haircut) or Eddie from is early adulthood days, to Ed for more recent acquaintances (though I don’t think I’ve EVER heard anyone call him Edward). But mostly, to me, he’s just my dad. And I like him just the way he is.

You can enjoy the rest of our JMM Dad stories here.

Pictured, left to right: Ferdinand Lobe with his daughter Klare, 1907. Gift of Marjorie Scott, JMM 2002.45.14. Jacob Simon with his daughter Rita, Braddock Heights, 1929. Gift of Rita Simon Gordon, JMM 2007.53.14. Leonard Weinberg with his son James Henry, 1915. Gift of Jan L. Weinberg, JMM 1996.127.23.69.

Ready for a look at some of the dads in our collections? Joanna went searching through the archives to select just a few of our finest father photos to share with you here!

Looking for a less stereotypical way to let your father-figure know how much they mean to you? We’ve got a couple of suggestions:

Certificate for the Jewish National Fund – Tree Fund, “In Honor of Aaron Gesben by Sura, Sherman and Abbe Gesben” on the occasion of Father’s Day, n.d. Gift of Mary Gesben, JMM 1997.143.60.

Make a donation in their honor! Whether it’s a local museum (hint, hint), an important charity, or even a favorite small business, this is a great way to let Dads know you’re thinking of them without adding any clutter to their lives.

If they are a lover of stuff, why not purchase a gift from Esther’s Place, like an exclusive mug, reusable water bottle, or even a new history book?

We won’t be able to ship your purchase in time for Father’s Day, but if you leave us a note with your order and include your dad’s email, we’ll send him a message to let him know a special gift is on its way!

Although, there ARE some pretty cute tie options out there if you’re a gift traditionalist!

Kewpie neckties, handpainted for L. Manuel Hendler. Museum purchase. JMM 1996.148.1, 2.

(left) Envelope for valentine’s day card to Albert D. Hustzler, Sr. from his daughter. JMM 1991.26.21. (right) Family portrait by Weller- Lewis, Baltimore, MD, c.1921; left to right- Albert D. Hutzler, Jr., Richard H. Hutzler, Gretchen H. Hutzler, Caroline Hutzler (Bernstein), Albert D. Hutzler, Betty Hamburger, Florence Austrian (standing), Max Hochschild, Janet Austrian, Dr. Charles Austrian (standing), Lina Hochschild, Robert Austrian, JMM 1991.226.3.


History is Now: Share Your Story

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
at 7:00pm EST

Join us for a special Covid 19 inspired writing workshop where we will come together to record our experiences for future generations.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Houdini Comes Alive

Thursday, June 25, 2020
at 7:30pm EST

Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented. Join us for this magical performance with magician David London as he takes us back in time to truly discover the world’s first superstar.

Register for this Live Stream Event here

WONDERNAUTS: What Would You Eat in Space?

Have you ever wondered what astronauts eat when they are in space? It’s probably a lot better than you think!

Explore what astronauts eat and design your own space menu in this new Wondernauts activity.


Dad won’t mind a belated Father’s Day gift if it’s as nifty as a JMM ballcap!

Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at and let us know.


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