Historical Society to Offer Jewish History Courses to Teachers

A training course for public school teachers in New York, offering a series of 15 lectures on “A History of the Jew in American Life, ” will be conducted next fall by the American Jewish Historical society, Dr, Abram Kanof, president of the society, announced here today.

The course, approved by the New York Board of Education, will be conducted by a school principal, Irving Rosenblum. Members of the society’s executive council and consultants in other fields of Jewish culture, will act as lecturers, Dr. Kanof said.

The historical society also announced today that it had opened a new archive center in this city. One of the cherished items in the archives, Dr. Kanof declared, is the original, hand-written copy of the famous Emma Lazarus sonnet which is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The poem is on one of Miss Lazarus’ autograph notebooks which have been acquired by the society.

At its new archives center, the society announced, it has established its extensive library of books, documents, records, periodicals, papers and kindred materials relating to American Jewish history, as a preliminary to a program of expanded service to historians, scholars and the interested public. The society is 70 years old.

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