Nick Kotz to Appear on Alabama Public Television Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement.

PROJECT-C-LOGONovember 13, 11:00 AM & 1 PM EST
Nick Kotz
will appear on Alabama Public Television’s: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement.

About Project C
Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is a three-year series of electronic field trips taking place throughout the civil rights fiftieth anniversary years of 2013-2015. Project C will focus on the role of citizenship in a democracy through the study of historical events and examine the past to teach the importance of civic engagement in support of a humane, civil and just society.
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Texas Events

texas-flagFor our friends in The Lone Star State, here are Nick Kotz’s upcoming events:

October 29: Congregation Beth Israel (7pm);  5600 N Braeswood Blvd; Houston, TX.

October 30: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (10:30am); Carriage House at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research; 5300 Caroline St; Houston, TX  77004.

November 20: Dallas Jewish Historical Society/Dallas JCC (7pm): Aaron Family JCC of Dallas; 7900 Northaven Rd;  Dallas, Texas 75230.

December 3: Downtown Rotary Club (noon); Bright Shawl restaurant; 819 Augusta St; San Antonio, TX 78215.

December 5: The Alamo Research Center (formerly Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library)(2pm); Alamo Hall in the Alamo Complex; 300 Alamo Plaza; San Antonio, TX 78295-1401.

The Dallas Morning New’s GuideLive Review of The Harness Maker’s Dream:

As a child in San Antonio in the 1930s and ’40s, Nick Kotz lived with his grandfather Nathan, who ran a large farm supply store and a cattle-breeding ranch. But as he recounts in The Harness Maker’s Dream, he never thought to ask “Papa” Kallison during their many hours together about his early life, about where he was born and grew up.


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Save the Date! Nick Kotz at DCJCC Literary Festival


Nick Kotz
author of
The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas
will speak at the
Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
Friday, October 24, 2014
Presentation:  12:00-12:45 pm
    Q&A: 2:45-1:00 pm
              Book signing: 1:00-1:30 pm
(Bring a bag lunch!)
Washington DC JCC
1529 16th Street NW

Nick KotzFormer Washington Post reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of six path breaking books with subjects ranging from labor unions to civil rights and national defense to ancestral narrative, Nick Kotz will talk about American Family Histories: Lost, Forgotten and Found. Find out how he uncovered secrets in his family’s past and why there has never been a better time to research your own roots.

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Nick Kotz at 2014 National Book Festival August 30, 2014 Book Discussion on The Harness Maker’s Dream Nick Kotz talked about his book, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas. Nick Kotz spoke in the History and Biography Pavilion of the 14th annual National Book Festival, which was held August 30,2014, by the Library of Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas


By Nick Kotz

In the late 1800s, Nathan Kallison escaped oppression in Ukraine and found refuge in Texas, where he became one of the top cowboys around.

In the dark of night, Nathan Kallison embraced his widowed mother and, for the last time, slipped away from his village in Czarist Russia. At seventeen, he was heading out alone—first by foot, then oxcart, and finally on a train over 1,300 miles of hostile land—to board a ship in the German port of Bremen. That journey, begun in 1890, would take him over an ocean and halfway across another continent to a future he never could have imagined.

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