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Stan Adelstein Birthday Celebration

August 17, 2019  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The public is invited to celebrate Stanford Adelstein’s 88th birthday at The Journey Museum and Learning Center on Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m. Adelstein and author Eric Zimmer are also celebrating the release of their book, “The Question is ‘Why?’”

This event is free of charge and all are welcome!

Below is a timeline for the evening:
5 p.m. - Doors open
5:15 p.m. - Presentation in theatre
6:15 p.m. - Book signing and reception in gallery

Historian Eric Abrahamson will lead the theater presentation, featuring a video highlight of Adelstein’s life. Clarinetist Jami Beck will be joined by Diane Ketel, on piano, in providing the joyful sound of Klezmer to the celebration. 

The book is Adelstein’s story of carving out a life of purpose on the South Dakota plains, providing new perspectives on recent American and world history and on the lives of Jewish people in rural places. The book will be released on Aug. 19 and is available for pre-order at www.questioniswhy.com. Books will also be sold at the celebration, and Adelstein and Zimmer will be available to sign your copy.

Adelstein will explain his reasons for wanting the book and his hopes for the project. Zimmer will discuss the writing process, highlight lessons and meaning derived from the book, and read a short excerpt. A Q&A session will follow.

Adelstein led his family’s heavy construction and real estate firm, the Northwestern Engineering Company, for decades. Along the way, he helped found the Synagogue of the Hills and was deeply involved in many Jewish advocacy organizations. A longtime philanthropist, civic activist, and political operative, he served in the South Dakota State Legislature for over a decade beginning in 2001.

Zimmer grew up in Rapid City and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2016. He works on a variety of digital, exhibit-based, and narrative history projects at Vantage Point Historical Services, Inc. here in town. His work has appeared in regional and national scholarly journals and media outlets, garnering several awards, including the Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation from the American Society for Environmental History. Zimmer lives and writes in the Black Hills, alongside his lovely wife Samantha and their dog Nigel.

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