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History Revealed: Three Jewish Writers

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ramsey County Historical Society Presents

Panel Discussion, Three Jewish Writers: William Hoffman, Norman Katkov and Max Shulman

History Revealed Series
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 pm
Roseville Library

Free and open to all. No reservations needed.

Join RCHS for History Revealed, our program series featuring presentations and tours from the best of local historians, authors and archaeologists, with a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County.

RCHS Editor Meredith Cummings will emcee a fascinating discussion on three Jewish writers who made their homes in Saint Paul, but who were national figures – William Hoffman, Norman Katkov and Max Shulman.

William Hoffman (1914-1990) was a very well-known author whose works included “Tales of Hoffman,” “Mendel,”  “Neighborhood House: A Brief History of the First 75 Years, 1897-1972” and writing for the Saint Paul Jewish News, and other publications.

Norman Katkov (1918-2009) authored short stories and tv scripts (Wild Wild West, Bonanza, Ben Casey, and others), plus “A Little Sleep, A Little Slumber,” “The Judas Kiss,” “Millionaires Row” and other books and novels.

Max Shulman (1919-1988) was a screenwriter for “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis,” and many films, including “The Tender Trap.” His books include “Barefoot Boy with Cheek,” “The Feather Merchant,” “Rally Round the Flag Boys!” and many short stories.

Readings from their writings, video clips of their films and TV episodes, the stories of their lives as told by family members, and the history of their neighborhoods in Saint Paul will be part of the discussion.

Panel Members:

  • Meredith Cummings, RCHS Editor and panel emcee
  • Jon Hoffman, son of author William Hoffman
  • Paul D. Nelson, historian and co-author of “Three Jewish Writers” in Ramsey County History magazine, Fall 2019 issue.
  • Steve Trimble, historian and co-author of “Three Jewish Writers” in Ramsey County History magazine, Fall 2019 issue.
  • Daniel Shulman, son of author Max Shulman

For a link to the recent article, see: Ramsey County History magazine, Volume 54-3, Fall 2019

Featured image photograph and design courtesy of Summit Images, LLC – Robert Muschewske and Leaetta Hough.

2020 History Revealed Programs

See the History Revealed 2020 information page for updates and a list of programs.
Or check our Calendar for these and other programs at the Gibbs Farm, and more!


February 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ramsey County Historical Society


Ramsey County Library – Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113 United States
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