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JMM Docents Recommend…

By Ellie Gettinger

As a Museum, we would not be able to operate without the work of our docents. They are a team of tremendous volunteers who learned to tell  JMM’s story and work with thousands of visitors each year. Since the start of quarantine, we have continued to meet regularly. Each meeting includes an opportunity from learning about an upcoming exhibit (like Luba Lukova: Designing Justice and To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly) to learning about a new virtual platform–this week we learned about Megilla.

We also check in about what is happening in each of our worlds. We learn about the ways in which we are engaging and the ups and downs of quarantine. My favorite thing is hearing about the wide array of books, movie and television shows that this very smart group is reading and watching. Here are their recommendations from our meeting on July 8:


Say Nothing
From Broken Glass
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
The Road to Manzanar
The Tragic Life of Robert Pierce
Begin Again 
The Great Alone
The Island of Sea Women
The Memory Keepers Daughter
An American Marriage
The Dutch House


Golda Movie – check out our film talkback with the film’s producer Udi Nir (in partnership with Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation)
Parallel Stories
The Five Bloods
Lennox Hill
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)  
The Milwaukee Socialist Experiment  


Caribu– App for reading with children  
Shalom Hartman Institute, free classes in July  
Golda Meir Speech from 1977, JFNA  (this came from the Museum’s archives)

My wonderful intern, Emma, who compiled this list, added a couple of recommendations as well:  

How the Penguins Saved Veronica, Hazel Prior  
Africa’s Great Civilizations