Heritage Honor Roll

Every individual, group and business has a story worth telling. A legacy story can be presented in text and through photographs, home movies and other video and audio mediums. It can also be published in multiple languages and include hyperlinks to other Web sites important to the honoree. The Heritage Honor Roll may contain more than one legacy story for an individual or a group—or the legacy story may appear in more than one language—because members have opted to recognize different contributions of the same individual or group or wanted to share the story in their native language.

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About the Heritage Honor Roll

Within the Heritage Honor Roll, individual honorees are listed alphabetically by last name. If included, maiden names appear between parentheses and nicknames appear between quotation marks. Group honorees are listed by the first letter of the group’s name. If the name starts with the word “The,” such as “The Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “T.” If the group is commonly called “Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “A.” The name of the sponsor appears in square brackets following the honoree’s name.

If an exact date of birth or death—or formation or disbandment—is not known, we add “c.” to indicate it is an approximation. If the individual is still alive or the group is still active, we leave the field blank. The honoree’s occupation, field, industry or profession is listed last.

Legacy stories reflect members’ views. Americans All does not vet these stories for accuracy. If you find content or language you deem offensive, please contact us.

To enable users to view all legacy stories, we preset the “Language” field to “-Any-.” To view all legacy stories on a specific honoree, add the honoree’s name in the appropriate field—individual or group– and click “Apply.” All legacy stories on that honoree will appear.

To find an individual or a group legacy on our Web site, type /node/ followed by its six-digit identification number as shown here: www.americansall.org/node/553031. The /node/number appears after the honoree’s information.

Last Name of Individual
First Name of Individual
Group Name
Language
State

Matthew Alexander Henson [Robert Abramson] (August 8, 1866 - March 9, 1955) Explorer /node/433994

Matthew Alexander Henson was born August 8, 1866, to free African American parents on an impoverished tenant farm in Charles County, Maryland. By the time he was 11 years old, both of his parents had died and he lived with relatives. At age 13 he went to sea as a cabin boy.

John Holland [Ancient Order of Hibernians] (February 29, 1840 - August 12, 1914) Inventor and Engineer /node/564838

His name was John Philip Holland and he was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland, on February 24, 1841. He was only three when the potato failure devastated his country. He survived but suffered poor eyesight for the rest of his life. His father was a member of the Coast Guards and young John inherited a love of the sea. 

Jovita Idár [Mariana Aguilar] (September 7, 1885 - June 15, 1946) Teacher, Journalist and Political Activist /node/433995

Jovita Idár, teacher, journalist, and political activist was born in Laredo in 1885, one of eight children of Jovita and Nicasio Idár. She attended the Holding Institute (a Methodist school) in Laredo, from which she earned a teaching certificate in 1903. She then taught at a small school in Ojuelos. Inadequate equipment and poor conditions, as well as her inability to improve them, frustrated her, so she resigned and joined . . .

Fay Rubenstein Jacobs [Fay Jacobs] (June 29, 1948 - ?) Writer & Humorist /node/553012

Fay Jacobs is a writer and humorist from NYC transplanted to Washington, DC, then Rehoboth Beach, DE. She has four published books, is a GLBT activist and is married to Bonnie Quesenberry. She has kept company with a long line of Schnauzers and lives by the motto "nothing is ever so bad if it's worth the story you can tell."

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones [Ancient Order of Hibernians] (c.1837 - November 30, 1930) Labor Organizer and Orator /node/564833

Few would argue with this feisty little Irish lady for, although she was known as the Miner’s Angel, she was also known as the Mother of All Agitators. Born in Cork City, Ireland, her family fled the Great Hunger to Toronto, Canada, when she was a child. She trained as a teacher and worked briefly as a teacher and as a dressmaker. In 1861, Mary married George Jones, an iron molder and union organizer in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ben Kamm [Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation] (March 21, 1921 - November 8, 2010) Jewish Partisan, World War II /node/564919

Ben Kamm was 18-years-old when the Germans invaded. Life had been good to him until that point. He lived in a comfortable apartment with his parents and four younger brothers. His grandfather owned the building, which also housed his extended family. Ben’s father ran a thriving family meat business but faced constant antisemitism. He and his fellow Jews were taunted constantly. As he put it, “We were abused every single day . . . 

Donald Sandor "Duck" Klein [Kelley McNeal] (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Massage Therapist /node/564832

Don opened my heart in ways words cannot express. This writing will have to serve, or fill the (ducky) bill, as they say . . .

 

Donald "Ducky" Klein [Friends of Don] (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Massage Therapist /node/553661

Ducky's life spread coast to coast. Born in New York, moved to California to start his adult life, and went back east to be a Dad. 30 years later, after some life-changing events, returned to California to resume and, sadly, end his west coast existence. He touched the heart of everyone along the way. 

Albert "Chew" Kullen [Marilyn Ehrlich] (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) Businessman /node/433997

Albert “Chew” Kullen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest of four children. His parents, Sam and Mary Kulchinsky, were Jewish immigrants from Russia and, in addition to a rich appreciation for their heritage, they afforded their children a unique distinction.

Albert "Chew" Kullen [Marilyn Ehrlich] (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) געשעפֿטסמאַן /node/434108

אַלבערט "טשו" קולען איז געבױרן געװאָרן אין באַלטימאָר, מערילענד.  ער איז געװען דער עלטסטער פֿון פֿיר קינדער.  די עלטערן, סעם און מערי קולטשיסקי, זענען געװען ייִדישע אימיגראַנטן פֿון רוסלאַנד.  אין צוגאָב צו אַ רײַכער אָפּשאַצונג פֿון זײער ירושה האָבן זײ געשאָנקען די קינדער אַן אױסצײכענונג װאָס איז יחיד־בנימו.  כאָטש 

Allan S. Kullen [Kullen Family] (February 20, 1942 - ?) Businessman and Social Entrepreneur /node/553341

“Her name is Ester Baumgartner. She’s a pretty Swiss girl who sings beautifully, and I think she lives near here. Do you know her?” Allan Kullen had posed the question over and over in a broken mixture of Hebrew and English to whoever would listen and could understand him.

Emma Lazarus [Amy Abbott] (July 22, 1849 - November 19, 1887) Poetess /node/433998

Emma Lazarus wrote the poem “The New Colossus” in 1883 to inspire public support for the Statue of Liberty, which she called the “Mother of Exiles.” The poem was solicited by William Maxwell Evarts as a donation to an auction that helped raise funds for the construction of the Statue’s pedestal.