Author Archives: karenbutlerclary

The Bercu Sisters

Dorothy and Harryette Bercu were sisters and Vaudeville performers across the West during the 1920s and 1930s. An exhibit featuring several of their Vaudeville props is on display now!                       … Continue reading

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DU Art Professor adds to Beck Collections

University of Denver Associate Professor of Studio Art – Painting, Deborah Howard, recently donated her “Portrait Project: Child Survivors of the Holocaust” to the permanent collection of the Ira M. and Peryl Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives.  The project involved drawing … Continue reading

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Wartime Wedding

An internationally known milliner, fashion designer and manufacturer, Hattie Carnegie’s designs were the epitome of high fashion. But even a fashion icon was not impervious to the constraints brought on by the war. With many everyday items rationed, fabric included, … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Jewish Colorado Women

Since the inception of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985, 152 women have been inducted into the exclusive circle.  Four of these trail-blazing women are represented in the Beck Archives collection and will also be featured in an … Continue reading

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Barbie’s Eastern European Jewish Roots

Though introduced in 1959, Barbie’s story begins much earlier in turn-of-the-20th century Poland.  Life in Eastern Europe had become increasingly challenging for people of Jewish faith because of religious persecution and the economic restrictions.  It was in 1905 that Jacob Mosko … Continue reading

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