This Week in JPL History: Walking Tours with Stan Asher

Stan Asher is shown in the middle of this photo leading one of his walking tours[/caption]

For many years a fixture of the JPL’s summer programming was Stan Asher’s walking tours of historic Montreal. It was during this week in 1991 that Asher gave a walking tour entitled “From St. Louise Square to Baron Byng.” Offered in the 1990′s and 2000′s on Sundays these tours gave participants the opportunity to learn about the history of ethnic and cultural Montreal often through the lens of its authors, like Mordecai Richler, Irving Layton, Gabrielle Roy, and A.M. Klein. There were also a number of different tours which Asher gave focusing on the different neighbourhoods of Montreal for example, Chassidic Montreal, Italian Montreal, and Maidonneuve/Hochelaga. During these walks Asher would share both anecdotes of authors and locations, as well as integrating these with excerpts from a writer’s works.

Stan Asher has had a long standing relationship with the JPL. In addition to hosting his walks, Mr. Asher, Dov Okouneff and Howard Kay also launched their film Montreal Jewish Memories at the JPL.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund.

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