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Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

I was looking up the web site for the NY Historical Society to send to
Judy as a potential source for her knitting mills question. I discovered
that the Society currently has an exhibit "Lincoln and the Jews."
March 20, 2015 thru June 07, 2015

Marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and
Lincoln's assassination, this exhibition focuses on the significant,
and hitherto unknown, relationships and interactions between Abraham
Lincoln and his Jewish friends and associates. At a time when Jews
comprised less than one-half of one percent of the American
population, and with the country rampant with prejudice, Lincoln's
positive and meaningful personal relationships with Jewish individuals
not only arguably changed him but also had an important and lasting
impact on the status of American Jews.

Lincoln stood up to his anti-Semitic generals even as he depended upon
them to win the war, and became an advocate for Jewish equality and

Through never-before displayed original documents, artifacts,
photographs, Lincoln's own writings, and first person accounts
primarily >from the Shapell Manuscript Collection, the exhibition will
trace events in Lincoln's life through the lens of his Jewish
contemporaries, such as Abraham Jonas, who became Lincoln's political
strategist and most valued friend, and Issachar Zacharie, his
enigmatic confidant. Furthermore, the exhibition will explore
Lincoln's profound interest in and connection to the Old Testament,
as exemplified in his wish to see Jerusalem before he died.

People in the NYC area might want to check this out.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, Hyde Park, NY christine3cats@...

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