WEBINAR: The Story of the Teddy Bear

Steiff Teddy Bear History Webinar

Steiff Teddy Bear History Webinar

German historian Anette Isaacs relates the truly awe-inspiring life of teddy bear toy-maker and business maven Margarete Steiff.
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Date and Time

Mon, March 29, 2021

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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It is common knowledge that President Theodore Roosevelt was the namesake of the world-famous Teddy Bear. Hardly anyone knows, though, that the cuddly stuffed toys were invented by an amazing woman from Southern Germany who overcame terrible sickness and incredible challenges. She turned her tiny workshop into one of the most recognizable international brands–in the male-dominated world of the 19th century.

Join German historian Anette Isaacs as she relates the awe-inspiring life of toy maker and business maven Margarete Steiff.

Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has presented hundreds of programs on more than 30 different topics pertaining to her native country’s history, politics, and culture in the Chicago area and in South Florida.

Born and raised in the Rhine Valley region near Frankfurt, Anette received two scholarships for academic excellence which allowed her to attend Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Vienna in Austria. She then returned to her native country for her Graduate Studies and completed her Master’s Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin. After relocating to Chicago, Anette built a thriving career in academia and became an adjunct faculty member at the lifelong learning departments of Oakton College, the College of Lake County, Harper College, the College of DuPage, and McHenry County College, all located in Illinois. She currently is also a popular instructor at FAU’s Osher Institute in Boca Raton and a moderator and Germany expert at the JCC Chicago Film Festival. Anette was recently invited to present her programs on Germany at the Lifelong Learning Departments of Ivy League’s Dartmouth College and “Public Ivy’s” William and Mary in early 2021.

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