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Historical Walking Tour

  • Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 United States (map)

Experience a new perspective of Union Square with a historical walking tour hosted by Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, and Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University. This tour and discussion celebrates 20 years of the Straus Historical Society.

Union Square is the historic spot where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways. Join the tour to analyze buildings like Macy's, Tammany Hall and Margaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood townhouse, and hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources - including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus - that inspired the tour.

After the walking tour, AJHS Executive Director Annie Polland will moderate a panel including Hasia Diner (NYU), Rabbi Joanna Samuels (Educational Alliance), Paul Kurzman (Straus Historical Society), and Niki Lefebvre (Natick Historical Society and Museum) will discuss the journey of Jewish immigrants like the Straus family from peddlers to public servants and philanthropists.

Admission to the tour and discussion are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Reserve tickets for this event here.