August 30, 2004 Library Of Congress Exhibition Marking 350th Anniversary of Jewish Life in America to Preview on Sept. 7

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Contact: View the exhibition online.

WHAT: Press briefing and opportunity to preview “From Haven to Home: A Library of Congress Exhibition Marking 350 Years of Jewish Life in America.”

WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7

WHERE: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHO: Michael Grunberger, exhibition curator and head of the Library of Congress Hebraic Section, will present an overview of the exhibition, and, along with exhibition staff, lead a tour of the exhibition in the Northwest Gallery, second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

“From Haven to Home” marks the anniversary of the arrival in New Amsterdam (New York City) of 23 Jews fleeing Recife, Brazil, which passed from Dutch to Portuguese rule in 1654. The exhibition features more than 150 treasures of Judaica Americana from the Library’s collections as well as items on loan from partner institutions on the congressionally-recognized Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History. The members of the commission are the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

A press packet, including a CD-ROM of selected images from the exhibition, will be available at the briefing.


PR 04-159
ISSN 0731-3527