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Something from Nothing, The Shumiatcher Saga (1/52)

This is also part of this series: Scattering of Seeds Season 1 (13)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

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Available in French: Yes

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Quintessential Canadian immigrants, Judah and Chasia Shumiatcher, were persecuted Russian Jews who not only succeeded in building a new life for themselves, but in establishing a community that continues to thrive in the Canadian West - - despite the Canadian immigration officer who suggested they change their last name to Smith. Morris, one of Judah and Chasia eleven children, started the Smithbilt Hat Company two generations ago. The Smithbilt hat represents a great triumph as it became the official white cowboy hat of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and endures today as symbol of western hospitality and as one of Canada's most recognized trademarks. Produced by David Paperny, a great grandson of Judah and Chasia Shumiatcher. In French: Smithbilt, un héritage qui se transmet