Steven Lasky, We Salute You!
2007 - Dr. Steve Lasky of
New York has been selected for an IAJGS Salute for his virtual Museum
of Family History, created with dedication and diligence “to honor
and preserve the memory of our ancestors for present and future
site was constructed to educate and inform readers about the history
of the Jewish people as seen through the eyes of our families, and
from the families' sojourn in Eastern Europe through the years in
countries which would eventually be their new homes.
we visit his museum, we learn of the collective struggles and the
triumphs of the Jewish people, and gain insight and understanding
of the world in which they lived. The site strives to be an everlasting
tribute to all our families, to their traditions and their way of
life. The stories told add greater meaning to historic events that
have dominated Jewish history for nearly two hundred years.
are many facets to the site. The “Postcards from Home” exhibit includes
photographs and documents contributed by Steve’s own family and
others with a keen interest in this worthwhile project. Our family
history, according to Steve, is sacred and he encourages us to preserve
our own cherished family memories for future generations. Storytelling,
he says, from grandparents and parents to their children in the
time-honored oral tradition, adds to identity and continuity. He
hopes to inspire readers to do more to transmit their own family
memories to future generations.
Museum of Family History,
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com, offers a site map that
provides visitors with a useful navigation tool to either browse,
or use as an index to find specific material.
site features many exhibitions and topics of interest. Steve has
created three Links pages, the largest of which contains more than
four hundred hyperlinks to sites of interest for Jewish genealogists,
as well as two additional pages for Holocaust-related sites and
Yiddish theater and culture.
Education and Research Center provides examples and explains documents
available to the Jewish genealogist. Visitors should frequently
check the Recent Updates page for a listing of new material and
exhibitions. He depends on the Jewish genealogical community to
contribute photographs, stories and material to supplement the exhibitions.
Check the Opportunities Page under Call Box for specific needs.
offers important genealogical information for researchers. Steve
has photographed more than 85,000 gravestones over a two-year period
in the New York metro area, and has created an impressive Cemetery
Project with this information. He is always willing to do lookups
for researchers and provide photographs of gravestones if he has
them. Also available are unique surname lists for cemetery society
plots. Researchers can check surnames lists for specific towns and
may contact him for more information.
dedication to Jewish genealogy and his desire to make material interesting
and accessible inspires genealogists to continue their investigations,
while involving individuals more directly in their own family research.
you, Steve, for your devotion and determination in creating a useful
asset for all genealogists.
Chair, IAJGS Salutes