Pisko, Seraphine Eppstein, 1861-1942
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 4 Collections and/or Records:
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
Abstract Typed letter on The National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives at Denver, Colo letterhead from S. Pisko to Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society, stating that enclosed please find letter which upon translation is believed to be intended for the recipient's institution, as they have no record of any patient of this name being an inmate of their institution. Letter is signed S. Pisko, Secretary, per B.B and signed B.B.
Dates: 1911 December 26
Abstract Typed letter on "Free Loan Fund for the Discharged Patients of The National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives" letterhead from Dr. WM.S. Friedman and Mrs. Seraphine Pisko addressed to Mrs. H. B. Ferguson Pittsburg, Pa. Circular letter asking for funds for the twelve hundred patients who have left the hospital "completely restored" but that "must remain in colorado, or a similar climate." The letter states that "It is imperative that the Hospital have a LOAN FUND. Ten Thousand Dollars will...
Dates: 1909 May 6
Abstract In 1899, the Jewish community erected the non-sectarian National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives (NJH), the first sanatorium in Denver, Colorado, for tuberculosis victims. With the financial assistance of the International B'nai B'rith fraternal organization, patients from all over the U.S. were admitted free of charge. The NJH adopted a program that emphasized the benefits of fresh air, proper nutrition, and rest. The hospital was founded by a group of Jewish residents of Denver who were of...