What do poet Emma Lazarus, theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, and MLB Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg have in common? Tucked away in an unassuming building near Union Square, some of their most famous and rarely seen possessions are preserved in an astonishing collection. Now’s your chance to see these storied treasures up close, on a behind-the-scenes tour through one of the premier archives on the planet.
Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive tour and tasting at the Center for Jewish History. Illuminating the history, culture, and heritage of the Jewish people, the Center for Jewish History is home to five partner organizations and their extraordinary collections, which collectively make up the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel.
Led by Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, our after-hours experience at the Center for Jewish History will include:
- An overview of the Center for Jewish History, which contains tens of millions of documents, more than 500,000 books, as well as thousands of artworks, photographs, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, and films
- A walk-through of the 140,000-square-foot facility, following the route of archival objects as they journey through the Center — from the loading bay and quarantine room, to the various laboratories and permanent collections
- A visit to the Preservation Lab to see how conservators analyze and protect rare archival items (and why bugs matter)
- A trip inside the Rare Book Room for a close-up look at intriguing and rarely seen artifacts, including the original hand-written copy of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” poem, Hank Greenberg’s baseball bat(Major League Baseball two-time MVP winner and Hall of Fame inductee), and Albert Einstein’s photo albums
As a special Chanukah treat, we’ll conclude our evening with culinary historian and author Jane Ziegelman, who will whip up a freshly-made kosher dessert using a 1946 Jewish cookbook recipe from the archives! (Um…Yum!)
See you there!
*The Center for Jewish History is home to five partner organizations: the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and Yeshiva University Museum
Tue, December 4, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011