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November 1, 2012

Arts Express: Nov. 1, 2012

New Holocaust gallery dedicated

to Skopps

PLATTSBURGH — A new permanent gallery in Feinberg Library at SUNY Plattsburgh

is being named after Douglas Skopp, professor emeritus and college historian, and his wife, Evelyne, in a ceremony and reception at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

The establishment and naming of the Douglas and Evelyne Skopp Holocaust Memorial Gallery is the result of efforts by alumni and friends of the college who have given more than $25,000 to put in place the Douglas R. Skopp Endowment for the History Department and to fund the Skopp Competition on the Theme of the Holocaust, an annual contest that challenges students in all disciplines to submit original works that commemorate the tragedy.

Mr. Skopp has been studying Nazi Germany for decades now. That research most recently resulted in the publication of the novel “Shadows Walking,” a 451-page exploration of a Nazi mind. The book is now being taught in a number of high-school and college classes.

Mr. Skopp also instituted the Days of Remembrance at SUNY Plattsburgh, an annual program that has commemorated the Holocaust for more than 20 years now.

Mrs. Skopp worked in the college’s Registrar’s Office for nearly 30 years and returned to volunteer after her retirement.

Those wishing to contribute to the endowment or competition should contact Anne Hansen at (800) 964-1889 or anne.hansen@

plattsburgh.edu.

Dance classes available for tots

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will be hosting pre-pre-primary classes on Wednesdays from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Dance Studio.

There is no class on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Led by Terpsie Toon and Antonette Knoedl of the Lake Placid School of Ballet & Dance, youngsters 2 and a half years to 3 and a half years of age will be introduced to basic dance and movement routines. The goal of the program is to develop listening and movement skills while having fun.

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