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Pisko, Seraphine Eppstein, 1861-1942

 Person

Seraphine Eppstein Pisko (1861-1942) was known for her charitable work in Denver, Colorado, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and she was most likely the first Jewish woman in America to head a national Jewish organization. She was born to Max and Bertha Eppstein on January 1, 1861, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the family moved to Denver in 1875. She married Denver businessman Edward Pisko in 1878 when she was seventeen, and the couple moved to New York. Within a few years he died, and she returned to Denver. She never remarried, but raised five children. Seraphine Pisko served as president of the Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society and of the Denver Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). She later became vice president of the NCJW board at the national level. She began working at National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives (NJH) as a field secretary, a fundraiser, in 1900, and in 1911 she became the executive secretary of National Jewish Hospital and served in that position until 1938 when she retired. Pisko was actively involved in both Jewish and secular social organizations, gaining national renown for her organizational strengths as well as her social efforts. She died in Denver in 1942.

Found in 51 Collections and/or Records:

Collection on Seraphine Pisko

 Collection
Identifier: B242
Abstract Seraphine Eppstein Pisko was Executive-Secretary of National Jewish Hospital from 1911 to 1938. She was involved in both Jewish and secular social organizations, holding executive positions in the Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society, National Council of Jewish Women, and National Jewish Hospital. The collection, intentionally assembled by the Beck Archives, consists of papers providing biographical information about Pisko as well as letterhead and invitations from National Jewish Hospital and...
Dates: 1900-1942

Collins, Grabfelder, and Pisko Correspondence, 1911 July-September

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0001.0002
Abstract Collins, Grabfelder, and Seraphine Pisko correspondence.
Dates: 1911 July-September

Copy of Letter to H. Nishman from S. Pisko, 1930 September 11

 Item
Identifier: B002.01.0100.0091.00004
Abstract Copy of a typed letter to H. Nishman in Brooklyn N.Y. from S. Pisko dated Sept. 11, 1930. The letter notifies Nishman that his letter was forwarded to Pisko from the Colorado General Hospital, informing him that there is no "State Sanitarium for Tuberculosis" [sic]. The letter goes on to give some history on J. Bilovsky's life and his residence at two different hospitals including the JCRS. Ulitmately, Pisko believes Nishman will be able to rightly identify "the uncle to whom you refer in your...
Dates: 1930 September 11

Correspondence - Annual Meeting, Pisko File, 1922-1923

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0002.0004
Abstract correspondence related to annual meeting between Pisko and Dauby
Dates: 1922-1923

Correspondence - Nurse's Home Building, 1922 January-June

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0002.0002
Abstract Correspondence related to the Nurse's Home building, S. Pisko
Dates: 1922 January-June

Correspondence with Nathan Dauby, 1920 August-1921 June

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0002.0014
Abstract Correspondence with Nathan Dauby; Pisko File
Dates: 1920 August-1921 June

Dignitaries of National Jewish Hospital, between 1920-1930

 Item
Identifier: B063.03.0019.00058
Abstract Dignitaries of National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. National Jewish Hospital is located on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Pictured are Mayor Stapleton, Governor Sweet, Seraphine Pisko, Rabbi William Friedman and Judge Ben Lindsey.
Dates: between 1920-1930

Grabfelder and Pisko Correspondence, 1911 October-December

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0001.0004
Abstract Correspondence related to Seraphine Pisko, Secretary of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, and Samuel Grabfelder, President of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives
Dates: 1911 October-December

Grabfelder and Pisko Correspondence, 1912 January-June

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0001.0005
Abstract Correspondence related to Seraphine Pisko, Secretary of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, and Samuel Grabfelder, President of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives
Dates: 1912 January-June

Grabfelder and Pisko Correspondence, 1913 January-April

 File
Identifier: B005.01.0001.0007
Abstract Correspondence related to Samuel Grabfelder, President of the National Jewish Hospital for Cosumptives, and Seraphine Pisko, Secretary of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives
Dates: 1913 January-April