Water Street. World within a World

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Author & Curator

Norma Feingold.


Worcester, Mass., USA, 1983. 64 pp., illustrations: 64 b&w, 25 × 21.5 cm. English.


Worcester Historical Museum (30 November 1983–31 March 1984)


The collective experience of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in Worcester, Massachusetts between 1880 and 1945, and the centrality of Water Street to their new lives. Three main essays address the immigrants’ transition to America, their professions, and their culture. Appendix by Nancy Sadick presents statistics from the 1910 Federal Consensus. Separate map of Water Street details the tenement buildings of that time, and the names and professions of their known Jewish residents. Exhibition checklist in 6 sections, following the divisions and general layout of the exhibition. Numerous photographs and documents, including images of synagogues and cemeteries, and a few ceremonial objects (cat. nos. 56–58, 117–125). Short descriptive entries. 313 items.

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Candlesticks/CandelabraCemeteries, United StatesChallah coversCostumeEastern EuropeHand-washing vesselsHanukkah lampsHistorical photographsKiddush cupsMatzah covers/bagsMedalsMikvahNeedlework/EmbroideryPesach platesPortraitsPostersPrayerbooks/MahzorsPurim pastries & moldsShana Tova greeting cardsStained glassSynagogues, MassachusettsSynagogues, United StatesUnited StatesYiddish theater

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