(San Diego, 2010) The purpose for this website is to provide important up-to-date information and links for family, friends, academic colleagues, and the general public. The webpages contain: my PhD dissertation research into the Holocaust odyssey of Cantor Joseph Cysner and the rescue of refugee Jews in The Philippines; information on national and international memorialization of the Holocaust; links and bibliographic informaton for data used on my webpages; clips from oral histories and survivor interviews I have conducted; and information for family members about the Robert and Cloa McArthur Helm Family Reunions. I hope you enjoy your visit. Come Again!
I would very much love to hear from you after your visit to any of the webpages on my website. You may contact me at: email@example.com.
- Info about the publishing of my Doctoral Dissertation "From Zbaszyn to Manila"
- Info about my authorship: existing and upcoming publications
- Info about the field of Public History, the discipline & its careers
- info and links about the Holocaust stories of Joseph and Sylvia Cysner
- Summaries of research travel, repositories visited and discoveries made
- Info on the Zbaszyn Film Project "See You Next Year in Jerusalem"
- Info on Israeli Embassy's exhibit on "History of Jews in the Philippines"
- Info on the "Open Doors Monument" outside Tel Aviv, Israel
- Video clips of oral history interviews with Holocaust Survivors of the Philippines
- "You Tube" Video Link to my 9/11 Tribute in honor of Martha Stevens
- Interview clips with WWII Marine Vets of the VMF 215 Corsairs Squadron
- Visit with John Blankenship & Video of his extensive WWII Memorabilia Coll.
- Interview with Abe Shragge at San Diego's Veteran Memorial Museum
- "A Quest to Qualify" - Personal Reflective Essay on my Holocaust Odyssey
- Sites of memoriaization and commemoration in the USA and Israel
- Sites of camps, prisons, and ghettos in Poland and The Czech Republic
- Sites of Holocaust Memory and The Third Reich in Austria & Germany
- Links to archives, libraries, museums, and Holocaust memorials I visited
- Links to Jewish Studies Programs, conferences, exhibits, and more
- Sources used for website write-ups on Holocaust museums, camps, etc
Helm Family News
- Updates about the Helm Family Reunion
- Editions of the Helm Family Herald Newsletters
- Family Directories of the children of Robert and Cloa McArthur Helm
C.V. for Bonnie M. Harris <----You may view my C.V. in a .pdf format here
UC Santa Barbara - Public History Field
Public History began at Santa Barbara in 1976. Since then, over 100 students have trained in UCSB's program to apply their historical skills, knowledge and insights in public settings -- in museums and heritage sites, businesses, public agencies, non-profit groups and private foundations, and myriad other places. The UCSB program prepares historians as historians, as broadly-trained scholar-professionals fully versed in the literature, methods, and interpretive debates of the venerable discipline, but also especially conscious of and practiced in the special challenges and resources distinctive to the public practice of History. The program offers concentrations in four areas: public policy, community, and business history, and public memory and history presentation. Other areas of research interest are supported by individual faculty, interdepartmental, and intercampus committees. Public History students regularly take advantage of the History Department's large and distinguished faculty to integrate their particular research and reading interests into their program. I teach specialty classes in Holocaust History and Memorialization in Summer Sessions.
BYU Idaho - Online Learning
BYU Idaho is in the process of building an innovative Online Learning environment that is revolutionary in its scope, technology, and application. I consider myself blessed to be a pioneer instructor in the early stages of this great endeavor. It is projected that by 2012, BYU-I studnets will take one out of every five courses online.
Grossmont College is one of two college campuses in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District within the community of El Cajon, California.The HISTORY DEPARTMENT offers an array of both survey and specialized courses geared toward helping students complete requirements for a Grossmont A.A. degree, lower division humanities/social science requirements for university transfer, or personal intellectual enrichment. I have taught both semesters of World History, Ancient History, and Western Civlization at Grossmont College.
Established in 1961, Southwestern College in Chula Vista is one of 112 public community colleges in the state of California and the only institute of higher education located in the southern portion of San Diego County. Serving approximately 18,000 students annually, Southwestern College offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options. A host of noncredit courses designed to enhance personal and professional development are also offered through the College’s Continuing Education department. The Southwestern Community College District also includes Centers for Higher Education in National City, San Ysidro, and Otay Mesa, another site where I teach both sessions of American Civilization.
The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego, Archives
The San Diego Jewish community is the second oldest organized Jewish community in California and it led Southern California Jewry with the first recorded religious observance in 1851, the first Jewish marriage in 1853, and the first congregation in 1861. It is the mission of the JHSSD to collect and preserve San Diego's Jewish History. I am priviledged to work as its archivist. To learn more about this organization and how you can support its archival mission, please follow the link above. You may now search the collections of the JHSSD online ---> Past Perfect Museum Online
Western Jewish Studies Association
The Western Jewish Studies Association was founded by Dr. Lawrence Baron, the Abraham Nasatir Endowed Chair in Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University, in 1995 for the purpose of providing a forum for Jewish Studies scholars of the Western United States. Through the WJSA conferences that are sponsored every year at varying locations on the West Coast, professional educators, academics, graduate students, and other interested parties may share their original research and interests in the growing field of Jewish pedagogy. I serve as the Executive Administrator of the WJSA, working under the direction of Dr. Baron.
Channel Islands National Park Service
Channel Islands National Park is one of North America’s magnificent treasures. Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, the park encompasses five of the eight California Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. The park bridges two biogeographical provinces, and in a remarkably small place, harbors the biologic diversity of nearly 2,500 miles of the North American coast. The Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 terrestrial plants and animals, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Like the Galapagos Islands of South America, isolation has allowed evolution to proceed independently on the islands. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, the largest animal to live on earth. Archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years of human habitation. I have personally hiked all the Channel Islands except Santa Barbara for contextual background information for Oral Histories I have been collecting as an independent Oral Historian for the NPS.
San Diego L.D.S. Institute of Religion
The objective of religious education in the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The 'Mormons') is to assist the individual, the family, and priesthood leaders in accomplishing the mission of the Church. which is, among other things, to encourage, assist, and protect our students as they strive to live better lives. We provide a peaceful, spiritual and social climate where students can associate together and prepare for effective service in their families, in the Church, at school, at work, and in their communities. I have been a volunteer instructor of Biblical Studies at the San Diego Institute of Religion for 10 years.