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Tammy Hepps – The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: A Journey Through Lesser Known Records
And Share Fair at 1pm

September 10, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

at American Legion Nonantum Post 440 (Hybrid Meeting*)

*Speaker will present in person. You may attend in person or on Zoom.

Program Description:

Join us on a rollicking genealogical journey tracing a group of relatives from Minsk to Pittsburgh who sold margarine as butter in defiance of one of the stranger laws ever passed.  Tammy Hepps’ talk highlights some lesser-known historical and genealogical repositories whose records explain why this “crime” landed them all in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.   These resources can help you better pursue the fascinating leads in your own tree when you think more broadly about what records are available.

This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page through December 9, 2023.

Presenter Bio:

Tammy Hepps is a genealogist and historian who focuses on small American towns and synagogues. With her technology expertise, she breaks new ground in data gathering and interpretation, combining genealogical and historical research. She is best known for a project focusing on the Jewish community of Homestead, PA, available online at HomesteadHebrews.com.

Share Fair Event

There's a lot happening in JGSGB! Do you know all the ways to take advantage of your membership, meet other members, and become more involved in our Society? Plan to come to the program by 1pm (in person) on September 10th to visit our "Share Fair" of JGSGB Member Benefits and Opportunities. Talk with fellow JGSGB members about Research Sunday, Mass-Pocha, Volunteering, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Library, Program Committee, Book Group, Special Projects, and JGSGB Connect.


September 10, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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at American Legion Nonantum Post 440 (Hybrid Meeting*)
295 California Street
Newton, MA 02458 United States
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