Friday, April 12, 2013

Speaker Profile-Joan Koster-Morales

Friday,  2:30 p.m., F347, “Behind the Institutional Walls of Nineteenth-Century New York City:  What’s To Be Found?”

Joan Koster-Morales has been involved in professional genealogy for the past twenty years in New York City with a focus on NYC German records. Her past work history as a registered nurse at the historic Bellevue Hospital coupled with her passion for genealogy, developed her interest in NYC institutions with an initial focus on medical records. Her work in genealogy has led her to discover and use other institutional records which have revealed some of the many hidden secrets waiting to be found.

Joan has done the research for the newly opened exhibit, "Shop Life" at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City as well as other projects at the museum.  As a member of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, apart from participating in other Society events, she will be sponsored as a speaker in the New York City tract.

While a part time resident of Windham, Greene County, New York,  she has done research on several projects for the Pratt Museum and has also created the first walking tour of "Old Windham Centre" with subsequent tours of the area. Presently, Joan is a board member of the Greene County Historical Register and a trustee of the Windham Historical Society.

On an international level, Joan has traveled and researched in Germany at several archives, town halls, and churches. She has had the opportunity to lecture students at high schools in Hamburg about the great nineteenth-century wave of German immigration to America and experience her own German heritage.  “Travel in itself is also an education in the history of our past.” 


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