At the Book
Launch on November 5, 2015 Marc Frisch
and Gary Rand, whose dedication led them to initiate the project that became
"A Stitch in Time" and to devote so much of themselves to it, spoke of their
family enterprises. It was from their hearts.
The large crowd
that had come to the Cleveland History Center that evening could
also think of their own
parents or grandparents, some back four generations, for many Cleveland
Jewish families were connected to the industry.
"A Stitch in
back in time for materials already in the archive, tapped the vast resources
of the WRHS, and reached out into the
community to gather more documents, photos, anecdotes and oral
histories. Only an institution like the WRHS with the strong relationship it has with our
Jewish community could have achieved this splendid result.
The book's preface,
by WRHS President Kelly Falcone-Hall, describes Dr. Sean
Martin's achievement as the author of this remarkable work:
"Sean's text presents a story
of individual vision, of the willingness to take risks, and of
the vicissitudes, large or small, that everyone who starts a
business must confront. But more so, it also contains the
stories of workers, the neighborhoods in which hey lived, and of
a city that bustled with diversity and the interplay of people
who had come to it looking for tolerance and opportunity."
In recent years
has expanded its web-based content including finding aids and images. I hope
we will soon be able to enjoy garment industry images and oral histories, including those
recorded more than 30 years ago by Stanley Garfinkel.
Arnold Berger, webkeeper
November 11, 2015