“Shtetl on the Mohawk” Talk and “Boomtown” Exhibit Opening

“Shtetl on the Mohawk: Jews of Schenectady” and Boomtown Exhibit Opening

Shtetl on the Mohawk: Jews of Schenectady

Lecture presented by Harvey Strum

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, 12305

Admission: $5.00; Free for Schenectady County Historical Society Members

Harvey Strum will discuss the history of Schenectady’s Jewish community, with a focus on the impact of WWI, Zionism, Socialism, community organization, and changes produced by Americanization.

Strum is a professor of history and political science at Sage College of Albany. He has published articles about the local Jewish community in the National Social Science Journal and the Schenectady County Historical Society Newsletter. In 2006 he co-curated an exhibit on the history of Schenectady’s Jews that was exhibited at Sage College of Albany, SCHS, and the Schenectady Jewish Community Center.

This event also celebrates the opening of the exhibit Boomtown: Immigration, Technology, and Urban Schenectady.

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Humans are always on the move. We seek new opportunities and face challenges as we adapt to changes in the world around us. For thousands of immigrants, Schenectady County offered its own opportunities and challenges. Boomtown: Immigration, Technology, and Urban Schenectady explores why people immigrate, and the unprecedented impact of immigration and technology on urban Schenectady.

The lecture and exhibit are part of the Exploring Schenectady County’s Immigrant Past project, supported by grants from the New York Council for the Humanities and the Schenectady County Initiative Program.