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Inside America's Alligator Family: The David Crystal Story

  • October 29, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


  • Inside America's Alligator Family:  The David Crystal Story

  • Join us in-person for two information-packed programs rolled into one!

    Stories behind IZOD-Lacoste and The Family That Made The Alligator Logo a Cultural Phenomenon


    Speaker Ellen Kowitt 

    Sunday October 29, 2023 

    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mountain Time

    Location:  BMH/BJ 

    Main Foyer to Synagogue 

    560 S Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80224

    Refreshments during schmooze time at 9:30

     Bagels and Babka 

        • Learn about the immigrant orphan David Crystal from Jedwabne, Russian Empire (now Poland) and his garment district success manufacturing clothing for seven decades.  You’ve heard about and maybe worn alligator-logo polo shirts, but The David Crystal Companies were trendsetting in so many ways!  As visible participants in New York City’s Jewish social scene, behind-the scenes drama within this family-run business will entertain and inform how secrets, silence, and storytelling can alter the narrative depending on who’s telling it.

          PLUS:  Tips from the Trenches:  Researching, Writing and Producing a Family History 

          Ellen’s story producing a family history book that involved extensive research, narrative writing, and production.  Learn how she pulled all elements together to identify themes and built a very large family tree through interviews with extended family and business employees, utilizing, newspapers, JewishGen, JRI-Poland, the Polish State Archives, Historical Vital Records NYC, professional genealogists in Poland and Canada, Russian-language translators, a citation expert, a production partner to assist with proofreading, layout, design, cleaning up images, generating an idea, and more!

          Bio:  Ellen Kowitt is a past president of JGSCO and current volunteer Director of the JewishGen USA Research Division.  She publishes articles in Family Tree Magazine, lectures Frequently, and condo t professional genealogy work.  As founder and principal genealogist at Sole Searching Genealogy & Historical Research, Ellen specializes in American records and Jewish ancestry.  She received her B.A. from Alfred University and spent twenty-five years working in marketing management and communications before transitioning into full-time research.  Ellen has completed ProGen and several genealogical institutes and she i a member of the Colorado Chapter of Association of Professional Genealogists.  Originally from New York, Ellen rises in Erie, Colorado with her Israeli-born husband and two teenage daughter.  For more information, visit


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