The New England Archives of AJHS has created a remarkable facsimile of the exhibit that was originally created by the Library of Congress from its own collections, those of AJHS, and other major collections. In addition to Boston, the exhibit has traveled to Las Vegas, Denver, San Diego and Michigan. Already viewed by over one million people, it was more recently exhibited at the Langroise Center—The College of Idaho.
Using materials drawn from the Library of Congress and other major collections, “From Haven to Home” presents a fascinating opportunity to trace the American Jewish journey from persecution to participation, from the original 23 refugees who landed in 1654 to today’s extraordinary and diverse Jewish Community.
The following items are just a sampling of the historical treasures owned by the Library of Congress and reproduced in this intriguing exhibit: a 1735 Hebrew grammar book-required for every Harvard College freshman at the time; an 1863 petition protesting General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision to expel all Jews from Kentucky and Tennessee during the Civil War; and a handwritten version of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”
“From the original 23 refugees who landed in America in 1654, to the diverse and important Jewish community we know today, this exhibit is a colorful chronicle of America’s rich Jewish history,” says Michael Feldberg, American Jewish Historical Society Director of Research. “From Haven to Home,” which was displayed at the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston from September 2005 through January 2006, shows why Jews from around the world began traveling to America in 1654: to seek refuge from persecution, discrimination and legal barriers to their security and advancement. The exhibition also documents the ways in which Jews made America their home and enumerates their contributions to the nation’s developing values and institutions.
You can learn more about bringing From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America to your institution here.