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Publishing Your Family's History
February 18, 2017 –
Phyllis Zych Budka recently published her book The Maska Dramatic Circle: Polish American Theater in Schenectady, New York (1933-1942) on Lulu.com. A Schenectady native, Phyllis wished to tell the story of Schenectadians of Polish heritage through a drama group called the “Maska Dramatic Circle.” Budka’s parents, Stanley Jacob Zych and Sophie Victoria Korycinski Zych, were both involved with Maska. Her father, Stanley, started a Maska scrapbook, which was continued by her mother after their marriage in 1940. Phyllis used the scrapbook as the basis for the book.
Seena Karen Rasmussen Drapala published The Poems and Life of Karen Valborg Sofie Rasmussen on Lulu.com This book details the history of Seena’s grandmother Karen Valborg Sofie Rasmussen. Karen emigrated from Denmark to Schenectady in 1906 and worked as a seamstress, was a founding member of the Danish Sisterhood Society Lodge #142, and encouraged the assimilation of many young immigrant Americans. This book features poems from Karen as well as Seena’s memories of her beloved Grandma Val. Seena will be joining us through Skype as she is not local to Schenectady.
For more information, contact Michael Maloney, Librarian/Archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society, by phone at 518-374-0263 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.