2012 Annual Meeting will include a wonderful production of Book-it Theater’s adaptation of A Future Remembered: The 1962 World’s Fair and Its Legacy, a historical performance about the 1962 World's Fair. Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau, from the book by Paula Becker and Alan Stein. In six short months in 1962, ten million people passed through the gates of the World’s Fair in Seattle, changing the city and region forever. Witness the excitement of a metropolis about to come into its own, and meet the civic leaders whose advocacy and forward thinking paved the way for us to become the culturally rich and vibrant community we are now.
Congratulate the Meta Buttnick Award winner, Ruth Sassoon with a tribute.
Each fall the WSJHS holds an Annual Meeting. This meeting is open to all members, the new board is elected, the Meta Buttnick Award is presented, and the Stan Tobin Lecture Series is presented.
The Meta Buttnick Award
The Meta Buttnick Award was established in 2002 to recognize exemplary volunteer service to the WSJHS. The first recipient of the award subsequently named in their honor was Meta Buttnick herself. Meta, Board member Emeritus served the Society in many ways: as WSJHS historian par excellence; as author of innumerable articles of historic interest published in the Society's Nizkor newsletter and as a staunch supporter of Society since its inception as the Jewish Archives.
Created by Dennis Warshal, this hand-wrought sculpture is formed from the Hebrew letters of the word “Nizkor” – let us remember. Presented to the WSJHS by Dennis on the occasion of his acceptance of the
Meta Buttnick Award in October of 2009, the sculpture will reside in turn with each winner of the Buttnick award. Dennis offered the sculpture to Meta for the first year of the new tradition, presenting it to her following the meeting, which she was not able to attend.
Meta Buttnick Award winners:
- 2011 Eugene Normand
- 2010 Joyce Dickhuat
- 2009 Dennis Warshal
- 2008 Mildred Rosenbaum and Jeanette Schrieber
- 2007 Doris and Ernest Stiefel
- 2006 Herb Lipman
- 2005 Rabbi Mirel
- 2004 Lilly DeJaen
- 2003 Erika Michael
- 2002 Meta Buttnick
The Stan Tobin Lecture Series at the Annual Meeting
The Stan Tobin Lecture Series was started in 2010. The Tobin Series was established to honor the memory of Stan Tobin, z”l, a generous supporter and dedicated leader of the Society, to bring noted speakers to the Seattle area to share their research about the history of Jews in communities around the world. Stan’s life, and his bequest, reminds us all that historic preservation is vital in a society that risks losing sight of the past as it hurtles ever faster toward the future.
- 2011 Hero's Making History, honoring Jewish Veterans
- 2010 Dr. Ellen Eisenberg, Topic: Jews of the Pacific Coast