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The Harness Maker’s Dream: A Perfect Friday Book Talk

December 12, 2014

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Friday afternoon for our book talk with Nick Kotz, the author of The Harness Maker’s Dream! The talk was called American Family Histories: Lost, Forgotten, Found. Mr. Kotz discussed topics such as improved access to historical documents through the Internet and research techniques including reaching out to distant relatives.


Nick Kotz introduces his book to the group

Nick Kotz introduces his book to the group


We learned a lot about Nathan Kallison and his family. Nathan Kallison immigrated to Chicago from Russia to open a harness maker shop. He met his wife there, and they came to San Antonio to pursue their dream. The saddlery shop gained momentum, and Kallison’s saddlery and Western wear shop provided staples for ranchers and farmers coming to town. Nathan eventually bought a ranch, Kallison Ranch out near modern day Government Canyon State Park, that would become known for supporting the development of scientific agricultural improvements.


What a great talk!

What a great talk!


Keep an eye out for our next book talk!

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