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American Jewish Historical Society (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Annie Polland (Project Director: August 2018 to March 2021)
Melanie Meyers (Project Director: March 2021 to present)
From Sitting Room to Soapbox: Emma Lazarus and Union Square, 1860s-1930s

Implementation of a permanent exhibition exploring how Americans engaged in social activism and responded to activist movements in both private spaces and the public sphere, 1860–1930.

“From Sitting Room to Soapbox: Emma Lazarus and Union Square, 1860s-1930s” draws upon AJHS’s most prized collection—the writing of Emma Lazarus—as well as such ancillary collections as the papers of Philip Cowen, her editor at the American Hebrew, and the rich labor history collections of the YIVO Institute, one of the Society’s CJH partners. The exhibit will recreate Emma Lazarus’s sitting room and project an interactive “diorama” of Union Square in the most prominent and heavily trafficked areas of the Center. The Center counted 53,000 visitors in fiscal 2017-2018 onsite in its archives, temporary exhibits, and public programs. A further 61,503 used the Center’s digital collections online.

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Project fields:
History, Other; U.S. History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 3/31/2022