Barkan, We Salute You!
2007 - Mary Barkan has been selected for the first IAJGS Salute
for her work in preserving archival material from the original Hadassah
chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada which included scrapbooks, photos,
articles, awards, plaques, pins, and banners documenting various
Hadassah events held from 1964 through 1971.
The loose material wandered from the garage of one Hadassah member
to another until Mary took possession of the numerous boxes. It
took Mary the greater part of a year to create an index of over
4000 names for the varied materials, making future access to the
collection easier than before.
Once the project was completed, JGS of Southern Nevada donated the
scanned images and a copy of the index to the Special Collections
Department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. You can contact
Mary at JGSSN to gain access to the index.
Mary learned a great deal about the importance of local history
projects after attending a program at the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas. She used the information and skills she learned
when she volunteered to collect temple bulletins from Las Vegas
synagogues for the millennium. The index contained almost 13000
names and the project provided a snapshot of affiliated Jews from
eight of the Las Vegas synagogues.
Mary has been interested in genealogy for almost twenty years. For
nine years was the editor of the quarterly JGSSN bulletin "Family
Legacies", and continues to produce the monthly newsletter
"News to Note". All her publications are full of important
genealogical information. She helps JGSSN members by teaching them
how to document information.
Thank you so much Mary for your hard work. Your efforts will be
an asset to all genealogists, especially those with family ties
to Las Vegas!
Chair, IAJGS Salutes