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   Fall 2016

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ACE PRESENTS: From Necessity to Glamour

The Evolution of North Atlantic Travel Containing beautiful pictures and film clips, this presentation will illustrate the evolution of transatlantic liners through the years starting with a comprehensive account of North Atlantic travel in 1837 with the 178 foot, side-wheel, wooden SS Sirius, and through the decades as they competed in size, speed and luxury helped by rapidly improving technology. Mr. Silvin also discusses the advent of the “thousand footers,” the Normandie, the Queen Mary, and the Queen Elizabeth. He includes in the lecture some dramatic stories of the grand liners and the passengers that sailed on them. Silvin concludes this lecture recounting how, with the advent of jet airliners, most of the great pre-Second World War liners were scrapped and replaced by what he calls “Hyatts on a barge” as the lucrative cruise industry took hold.

Richard René Silvin earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1970 and two MBAs from Cornell University in 1972 and he spent 25 years in the investor-owned hospital industry. Since retiring, René has published five books, including a memoir about his friendship with the late Duchess of Windsor as well as a history of Palm Beach, Florida seen through the eyes of the famous society architect, Addison Mizner. His latest book, Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner is a historical novel that brings to life the history of North Atlantic luxury liner travel. 

Wednesday, February 15 | 6:30-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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ACE PRESENTS: FDR and the Jews: A New Perspective

Was President Franklin Roosevelt a friend of the Jews? Since WWII, the Roosevelt administration’s policy in regard to the Nazi death camps has been questioned. Did it do or attempt to do anything? Could it have done more? Historian Laurence Stern did extensive research on President Roosevelt, the Jewish leadership and the military. In the process, he uncovered new information on microfilm and diaries that has been accepted as “important Holocaust era documents” by the archives division at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. What was discovered gives a new perspective on FDR. Mr. Stern will point out what can be learned and why it is relevant today. This presentation is not a criticism or a defense of Roosevelt’s policies. It lays out historical facts and encourages you to form your own conclusions. Laurence Stern has had a love of history since childhood. He turned this into a second career by doing original research, specifically on the Roosevelt and Truman presidencies. He has lectured on his findings to various adult education groups and charitable and religious organizations.

Tuesday, February 21 | 6:30-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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Let’s Make-Up: A One Act Presentation

From a squalid neighborhood in Brooklyn to Palm Beach, Paris, London, and the society of Europe, Estee Lauder used determination, perseverance, creativity, opportunity and a “gimmick” to build the largest family-owned cosmetic
business. With Youth Dew, White Rain, Clinique, male fragrances such as Aramis and numerous other products she surpassed her competition and convinced shoppers that the proper creams, lotions and oils “can make beauty a reality.”

Thursday, February 23 | 7:00-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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ACE PRESENTS A Daughter’s Discovery: Her Father’s Role in History’s Greatest Treasure Hunt

Susan Fisher Sullam knew very little about her father, Joel Fisher’s war experiences. For 15 years after his death in 1997, boxes of her father’s files sat unopened in her basement until a couple of phone calls prompted her to open them. In them she found hundreds of pages of top secret and classified documents which provided an almost day-by-day diary chronicling his leading role in the recovery of billions of dollars of gold bullion, silver, foreign currency, artwork, and the possessions of Holocaust victims stolen by the Nazis and hidden in the closing days of WWII. Ms. Sullam shares with us the story she discovered of a man who faced enormous odds in his quest to make sure the Nazis would never profit from their crimes. Susan Fisher Sullam is the former communications director for U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin and now a freelance writer in Baltimore.

Tuesday, March 21 | 7:00-8:00 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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